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NHL: Winter Classic at Big House isn’t “done deal”

Jan 18, 2012, 1:17 PM EDT

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Not so fast on that Winter Classic story – the NHL is denying it’s a “done deal” that the 2013 edition will be played at Michigan Stadium.

The league’s deputy commissioner, Bill Daly, tells the Globe and Mail in an email, “if and when anything is a ‘done deal’ regarding the Winter Classic, it will be announced. We have made no announcements yet.”

Sources tell the Globe that one of the big issues that remains to be solved is alcohol – specifically, the serving of it at the Big House.

Serving alcohol isn’t currently permitted at the college stadium and the NHL wants a liquor license for the game. (We can think of a certain league sponsor that might feel the same way.)

  1. lsxphotog - Jan 18, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Thank you, as I said, wait for a more credible source before jumping the gun here. haha

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 18, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Again, why is this an issue? Can’t they obtain a one-time license for the event?

  3. takingbovadasmoney - Jan 18, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Its not an issue. Temp liquor licenses are easy to get. For the NHL and UM even easier, actually a bureaucratic formality.
    The real hold up is that the NHL probably wasn’t ready to announce it yet.

    • polegojim - Jan 18, 2012 at 2:52 PM


  4. takingbovadasmoney - Jan 18, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    they will announce where it will be held on all star weekend

  5. crnvic847 - Jan 18, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    When the Chicago Bears played at Memorial Stadium on the U of I campus in Champaign, they served alcohol that season. And that was for 8 games so I’m sure a temporary permit for 1 game shouldn’t be a problem.

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