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Posted on Mon, Jun 11, 2012 : 11 a.m.

NHL announces Winter Classic ticket prices; how much would you pay?

By Pete Cunningham

How much would you spend to see professional hockey outdoors at the Big House?


A seating chart price range for the 2013 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium.

The National Hockey League over the weekend announced a price scale for the 2013 NHL Winter Classic, to be played between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium, with club seats topping out at $279. According to the seating chart on the Red Wings website, seats closest to the ice will be the cheapest at $89.

When the Michigan hockey team played Michigan State in the 2010 Big Chill event at the Big House, end zone seats were $15. According to the seating chart, end zone seats for the Winter Classic will cost up to $189.

Also included on the pricing graphic were tickets for the Hockeytown Winter Festival at Comerica Park, which will include the Great Lakes Invitational. Tickets will cost between $18 and $38.



Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 7:50 p.m.

I found these packages for those of you who can't get tickets. This will be a hard event to secure tickets at the posted prices, yet alone on the secondary market.


Tue, Jun 12, 2012 : 1:43 p.m.

Holy hockey puck! For those prices, you could take your family on a nice little vacation! I, for one, will be watching the game on my nice big screen in HD, wrapped in my warm and cozy MSU blanket and sipping from my $7 six pack of Molson! GO WINGS! (Too bad Nick Sr. won't be playing...)


Tue, Jun 12, 2012 : 12:53 p.m.

When do tickets actually go on sale....

Jonathan knight

Tue, Jun 12, 2012 : 11:40 a.m.

This event is not will not be catered to the michigan football, ann arbor people, The prices for this event are set perfect they do not need to be any lower or higher. Remember this is the NHL/NBC event people not a MICHIGAN event. Michigan doesnt even controll the GLI... This event will be amazing

Blue Marker

Tue, Jun 12, 2012 : 11:19 a.m.

The crowd could be 2 to 3 times the size of the typical Winter Classic. I was foolishly hoping for a more reasonable price. I would really like to go but they may have priced me out of it.


Tue, Jun 12, 2012 : 11:03 a.m.

If your thinking about purchasing the $89.00 tickets to that puts you down close to the field. Don't do it. I sat there for the Big Chill and I could not see the ice or the puck. You can only see the players from the waist and up. Plus, depending on which side of rink you are on the players bench also obstructs your view. Good thing I got those tickets for free.


Tue, Jun 12, 2012 : 11:37 a.m.

Those who buy the cheap seats are not hockey aficionados. They are there to be part of the experience, party and drink.

cornelius McDougenschniefferburgenstein jr. 3 esq.

Tue, Jun 12, 2012 : 9:26 a.m.

im surprized the speech police didnt delete the canadian scalping survey comment.its do as i say not as i do.


Tue, Jun 12, 2012 : 11:34 a.m.

Whine, whine, whine!

greg, too

Tue, Jun 12, 2012 : 4:38 a.m.

I had a great time at the Big Chill for $15 a pop...and I spent my beer money at local bars and helped the local economy. At $200 for tickets and $10 for beer, I will watch from my house for free and pay $14 for a 12 pack of decent brew (not the swill Canadian they will serve). To be honest, since I won't be at the game, I will just watch whatever bowl game is on instead. Way to go NHL, good job pricing fans out of the game.


Mon, Jun 11, 2012 : 5:39 p.m.

Isn't this poll somewhat a) insulting....b) uncalled for since its not an event marketed to Ann Arborites...and c) just another example that Ann Arborites can't wrap their minds around something NOT being catered to them??


Mon, Jun 11, 2012 : 4:48 p.m.

"As much as I can afford, then double the price and scalp to Canadians." I'm glad someone has a sense of humor at


Tue, Jun 12, 2012 : 11:32 a.m.

That was a joke?

Superior Twp voter

Mon, Jun 11, 2012 : 4:21 p.m.

Lifelong hockey fan, but I'll enjoy this game on TV. I believe the announced ticket prices are OUTRAGEOUS. Can't even imagine the price of parking, plus food/beverages....

greg, too

Tue, Jun 12, 2012 : 4:39 a.m.

I went and saw the Jets and Wings at the Joe for under $20 a pop. Tickets at the Joe go for less than ticket price for most games. Why would I pay $200 or more to see them outdoors in the cold with a bunch of non hockey fans?

Pete Cunningham

Mon, Jun 11, 2012 : 8:30 p.m.

These tickets are cheaper than regular season Leafs games at the Air Canada Centre. Leafs fans will fill the stadium and I suspect would do so even if the prices were significantly higher.


Mon, Jun 11, 2012 : 5:36 p.m.

Which part of this was a surprise??? The prices are actually a bit cheaper than last years winter classic...


Mon, Jun 11, 2012 : 4:24 p.m.

I agree. Way to price people right out of the stadium. I really wanted to go to this too.


Mon, Jun 11, 2012 : 3:32 p.m.

Good thing they're selling alcohol. When you pay $90 to $280 for your sliver of standing room and get a hockey game, you'll want to be able to drink to make yourself feel better. On the other hand, props to the athletic department for putting together what must be one heckuva moneymaker!

Pete Cunningham

Mon, Jun 11, 2012 : 4:06 p.m.

Athletics department won't make money off of ticket sales. They've already made their money by leasing the stadium to the NHL for "up to $3 million" (Story: Money made on ticket sales is the NHL's.