Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 2/8/12

The 2013 NHL Winter Classic will be a “home game” for the Detroit Red Wings. They’ll take on the Toronto Maple Leafs, the most valuable franchise in all of hockey in an all original six showdown.

The question of locale remains? Will it be held at Michigan Stadium, home of UM Wolverines college football? Or the MLB venue, Comerica Park home of the Detroit Tigers? The NHL is having two press conferences tomorrow, with a “major announcement” to occur according to the press release. So we should have our answer by late morning, early afternoon at best.

Read my prediction on location after the jump.

From the looks of the press release, the smart money is on Comerica Park. That presser is first, and much more attention is paid to it in the press release. Also, the Comerica Park press conference will be televised live at 10:30 am ET across North America by NHL Network and streamed live on NHL.com

The Michigan Stadium presser is at 1:15 ET.

Like I wrote around the New Year, the Wings are the natural next host for the event, and THE BIG HOUSE would be the best venue for the next event. The Detroit Lions’ home stadium, Ford Field, is a dome and thus ineligible to host the game. Michigan Stadium previously hosted The Big Chill at the Big House and is the current world record holder for attendance at a hockey game. If played at Michigan Stadium, the game would mark the first time a stadium dedicated solely to college football has hosted the Winter Classic. All five previous events were held at MLB and NFL stadiums.

My guess is Detroit will be the first choice, as Comerica Park has a capacity of 41,000, and the decision if ticket sales are slow. Ann Arbor’s Michigan Stadium (capacity 115,000) will be the auxiliary choice, if ticket sales really take off. The game would mark the first time an American team and a Canadian team have faced each other in an outdoor NHL game. Prior to this, the Winter Classic was reserved for American teams and the Heritage Classic for Canadian ones.

Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, an official Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Walter Football.com, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports

A Fulbright scholar and MBA, Banks has appeared on live radio all over the world; and he’s a member of the Football Writers Association of America, U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. The President of the United States follows him on Twitter (@Paul_M_BanksTSB) You should too.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Irving believes LeBron leaked word of trade request

Spieth tells caddie to 'get that' after incredible eagle putt

Jerry Jones weighs in on NFL's Ezekiel Elliott investigation

Report: Les Miles 'extremely interested'; in Ole Miss job

Draymond Green, Conor McGregor go at it on Instagram

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

McFadden missed Cowboys charter flight to training camp

Amari Cooper shows up to training camp looking jacked

LaVar Ball pulls entire AAU team from floor, forfeits game

WATCH: Tim Tebow blasts home run No. 4 since being promoted

Saban: HS players could start skipping senior seasons

Mike Williams shoots down reports he will need surgery

Getaway Day: A pair of aces get lost in the shuffle

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

Best of Yardbarker: General managers take the spotlight

The 'Pay that man his money' quiz

The unexpected rise of the Connecticut Sun

The National League Wild Card is suddenly relevant again

Kicking It: USMNT struggles to find consistency in Gold Cup as World Cup qualifying nears

Three Up, Three Down: The Dodgers are a complete juggernaut right now

BIG3 Week 5: Pivotal make-or-break weekend in Chicago

Who won the Open Championship in the year you were born?

Making an NFL GM change in the summer has its benefits

Box Score 7/21: Stay cool this weekend sports fans

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Getaway Day: A pair of aces get lost in the shuffle

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

The National League Wild Card is suddenly relevant again

The 'Pay that man his money' quiz

BIG3 Week 5: Pivotal make-or-break weekend in Chicago

The 'Let's show a little love for James Jones' quiz

Making an NFL GM change in the summer has its benefits

The 'Yoan Moncada era starts now' quiz

The Orioles need to unwind past deals if they are going to rebuild

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Sam Hinkie is calling the shots

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker