Found May 24, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
Via RedWingsFeed, it won’t necessarily warm fans up, but the most important fan lubricant to be sold at the Winter Classic is halfway to becoming kosher with the State of Michigan, as reported by the Detroit News... 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 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. And as also reported by the Detroit Free Press, which offers the same text, and MLive’s Tim Martin: Continue reading "Big House halfway to being ‘beerable’ for Red Wings-Maple Leafs Winter Classic"

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