DETROIT -- The NHL Winter Classic is finally coming to the Detroit area, and it's going to be a celebration of hockey that will take place in the city and throughout the entire region.
The worst-kept secret in sports became official at a pair of news conferences Thursday, one at Comerica Park in Detroit and one at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.
Although the game itself between two Original Six rivals, the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, will take place at Michigan Stadium, all the other events will be held at Comerica Park and downtown Detroit.
"(Red Wings owner) Mike and Marian Ilitch are deeply committed to their beloved Detroit," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said. "That commitment has never wavered.
"The Hockeytown Winter Festival is just the latest example of their passion for their city and for hockey."
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