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Michigan House OKs Booze For NHL At UM Stadium

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ANN ARBOR, MI - DECEMBER 11: A general view of the Big Chill game between the Michigan State Spartans and Michigan Wolverines with an attendance of 113,441, the largest crowd to ever watch a hockey game, at Michigan Stadium on December 11, 2010 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Spartans 5-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

ANN ARBOR, MI – DECEMBER 11: A general view of the Big Chill game between the Michigan State Spartans and Michigan Wolverines with an attendance of 113,441, the largest crowd to ever watch a hockey game, at Michigan Stadium on December 11, 2010 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Spartans 5-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House has voted to let hockey fans buy booze at Michigan Stadium when the home of Wolverines’ football hosts a game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on New Year’s Day.

Scio (SY’-oh) Township Republican state Rep. Mark Ouimet sponsored the bill that won House approval Thursday. It now goes to the state Senate.

The outdoor NHL Winter Classic game is scheduled Jan. 1, 2013. The league made the sale of alcohol a condition of approving the venue.

Officials say the game could break a Guinness World Record as the most-attended hockey game ever. The record was set at Michigan Stadium in 2010 when 104,173 attended a Michigan State-Michigan game.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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