NHL will let university know if it's going to be a noisy tenant for Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium
When the NHL begins its month-long rental of Michigan Stadium on Dec. 1, it promises to be a good neighbor.
Language in the 52-page contract between the University of Michigan and the NHL notes that the Jan. 1 Winter Classic featuring the Detroit Red Wings vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs in an outdoor game in the stadium “will cause noise at levels similar to that of University home football games.”
Any extra noise, and the NHL is required to put it in writing before the game. Adding live or recorded music? The university will get at least 30 days notice. Planning fireworks? That requires 90 days notice.
Angela J. Cesere | AnnArbor.com
The NHL expects to draw about 115,000 fans for the Winter Classic, and the agreement with the university makes it clear that for $3 million, Michigan Stadium is, for the most part, an NHL venue for 30-plus days. The university will even rekey locks in areas designated for NHL use.
Other items of note in the agreement:
Parking: The NHL can use the same lots the university controls for Michigan football games. Michigan officials will work with the NHL to set up agreements for non-university lots and shuttles. One potential hitch: If the game is delayed to Jan. 2, many university lots may not be available because that is a regular business day.
Expect to hear the phrase “Big House:” The agreement allows the NHL to use the phrase Big House in its marketing of the Winter Classic, including in logos.
The liquor license: The university must obtain a liquor license for Winter Classic by June 1.
The end of the deal: The NHL must be out of the stadium no later than Jan. 9, 2013, because the university begins its winter term that day.
Download a pdf of the full contract: NHL AGREEMENT.pdf