Why Michigan Stadium for NHL hockey? Bigger is better, Mike Ilitch says
Michigan Stadium, with the potential for a crowd of 115,000 spectators, makes more sense than Comerica Park, which holds 41,000.
"Comerica was first (choice)," Ilitch said in an article on MLive.com after the NHL made the announcement of the Winter Classic at Michigan in a news conference at Comerica Park. "You feel that's your responsibility, that's where you should be. But when they posed the question — The Big House? — economics and what have you, it's going to help tremendously having it at The Big House.
"I was really worried about it but after I saw the layout ... I said, 'Well, the headquarters will be in Detroit.' There will be a lot of people coming in and that's what I want."
The Red Wings will face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 1 in Michigan Stadium, and Comerica Park will play host to an outdoor version of the annual Great Lakes Invitational with Michigan, Michigan State, Michigan Tech and Western Michigan. The rink at Comerica will be used for several other pro, high school and youth events in a two-week long winter festival.