Event: Blueliner Guide To 2013 Winter Classic

Main Event:

DATE: 1st January 2013

TEAMS: Toronto Maple Leafs @ Detroit Red Wings

VENUE: Michigan Stadium ‘The Big House’, Michigan University,  Ann Arbour, Michigan – take bus 17 then 8 from the Amtrack Station.

TICKETS: Tickets will most probably be only available through a NHL ballot. This is only available in to US and Canadian residents. If you live in Europe the best way is to buy your ticket through a ticket agent such as Ace Ticket but be aware you will pay more than the face value.

WHERE TO STAY: Hotel accomodation in Ann Arbour is limited so look to stay in Detroit and travel to Ann Arbour for the game. The train to Chicago from Detroit passes through Ann Arbour.

WHERE TO EAT: Maise and Blue in Ann Arbour is a must with fans visiting the Big House.

WHAT ELSE TO SEE: There will be plenty going on around the game such as a fan park. There will also be other outdoor games both at ‘The Big House’ and at Comerica Park, Detroit. See Below.

SEE ALSO: Detroit Red Wings Mini Site


Blueliner Hockey Store 2013 Winter Classic Range

Comerica Park Events


DEC. 15-26: Celebration of Hockey featuring amateur games, corporate outings and open skates. Information on booking ice time can be obtained by visiting DetroitRedWings.com/icetime.

DEC. 27-31: Outdoor Festival featuring interactive games, autograph signings, face painting and ice sculpture exhibits as well as musical performances and entertainment.

DEC. 27-28: Great Lakes Invitational featuring the Michigan Wolverines (NCAA) , Michigan State Spartans (NCAA) , Western Michigan Broncos (NCAA) and Michigan Tech Huskies (NCAA) all competing for the 2012 MacInnes Cup.

DEC. 29: Ontario Hockey League doubleheader featuring the Windsor Spitfires taking on the Saginaw Spirit, and the Plymouth Whalers battling the J. Ross Robertson Cup champion London Knights.

DEC. 30: American Hockey League Game featuring the Grand Rapids Griffins and Toronto Marlies, AHL affiliates of the Red Wings and Maple Leafs, respectively.

DEC. 31: Red Wings-Maple Leafs Alumni Showdown featuring legendary players from two of the National Hockey League’s most storied franchises going head-to-head.

VENUE: Comerica Park, Detroit – take people mover to Park Avenue

TICKETS: No details have been announced yet but tickets will sell out quickly. Season ticket holders will get first choice and a ballot is the norm for the remainders. The ballot is only available to Canadian and American residents.




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Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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