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Michigan lawmakers busy making it OK for people to buy beer at Winter Classic

May 16, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT

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What would an outdoor hockey game be without beer? In the case of the 2013 NHL Winter Classic at the University of Michigan, it would be…canceled.

For this reason, legislation has been introduced in the state House that would grant a special liquor license for the Jan. 1 game at Michigan Stadium between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs.

From The Detroit News:

The House Regulatory Reform Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday morning on the legislation, which school officials say is necessary because they don’t have a temporary liquor license large enough to handle the number of fans expected to pack the 109,901-seat stadium.

“It’s just for this one event and it’s because the NHL is renting the facility,” school spokesman Rick Fitzgerald said.

The proposed law would make the special liquor license good for 30 days to also accommodate festivities leading up to the Winter Classic, Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald expects the bill to be approved, according to

  1. ndnut - May 16, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Can the MN Vikings do this for the year they play games T the gopherhole?

  2. ronutah - May 16, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    can’t they put in some see through glass boards for this?

  3. ronutah - May 16, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    You can’t even see half the game when the boards block most of the game… this looks better .. but you still can’t see the game played along the boards.

    The NHL needs to get it right and put see through boards in for the winter classic. I wasted a lot of money at Fenway park watching the game on the TV propped up in front of the green monster because the game played before me only offered a view of a players shoulders and head as he skated by.

    get it right NHL and put in the already developed and used in arenas see through boards.

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