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Talks Under Way To Bring The Winter Classic To The Big House

ANN ARBOR (WWJ) – Detroit Red Wings fans are closer to seeing their team play in the NHL’s 2013 Winter Classic at the University of Michigan.

According to Michigan athletic director, Dave Brandon, the university will lease the stadium to the National Hockey League (NHL) for the 2013 Winter Classic. Final negotiations are still under way.

After questions about potential liability from serving alcohol at the game, Brandon said alcohol sales will be allowed because it is not a university-sponsored event.

“The university has the ability to utilize a one-day liquor license. We are assigned a certain number that we can use per year and that is what we will be taking advantage of,” Brandon said.

WWJ’s Florence Walton reported that the University of Michigan believes the event will have a $14 million impact on the region.

The NHL is expected to announce that the 2013 Winter Classic will be played between Toronto Maple Leafs and The Detroit Red Wings.

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