Dave Brandon details process that brought Winter Classic to Big House

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Dave Brandon details process that brought Winter Classic to Big House Friday, February 10, 2012 8:11 AM (permalink)
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http://www.freep.com/article/20120210/SPORTS05/202100449/Dave-Brandon-details-process-brought-Winter-Classic-Big-House
 
 


In addition to the $3 million the NHL will pay the University of Michigan to rent Michigan Stadium for the 2013 Winter Classic, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman presented U-M athletic director Dave Brandon a check for $250,000 on Thursday.
The $250,000 will go to U-M's general scholarship fund.
 
Brandon said he began talking to the NHL in November, and the league asked whether Michigan Stadium could be used.

 
I may be in the minority here but one of the reasons I stopped going to Red Wing games is because of the drunken idiots who have seemed to increase in number over the years. At one point I was attending 10-15 games a year not including the play-offs.
 
I hope they break the attendance record, but I wonder how rowdy the crowd will be.
 
 
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Re:Dave Brandon details process that brought Winter Classic to Big House Friday, February 10, 2012 10:41 AM (permalink)
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Hard to refuse them this game with money like that pouring in!

 

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Re:Dave Brandon details process that brought Winter Classic to Big House Friday, February 10, 2012 11:18 AM (permalink)
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They should be able to sell alcohol for normal games at the big house. 
 
I guess it doesn't stop anyone from bringing in their own liquor anyways.... not that I have done that at football games before 

 
 
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Re:Dave Brandon details process that brought Winter Classic to Big House Friday, February 10, 2012 11:36 AM (permalink)
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Not really crazy about this deal 
 
LOVE hockey...Kings fan but respect the Wings...& the Winter Classic is great but just feel the pros have NO business in the Big House, not to mention all that "red" in OUR house doesn't thrill me. Then, add the fact that our boys should be playing in the Rose Bowl...hopefully...the same day & doesn't really make sense to me!
 
What's wrong with putting the game in CoAmerica Park in downtown Detroit...that's where it belongs, no? Guess, Brandon couldn't turn down the $$...but Michigan playing in the Rose Bowl could have an adverse effect on the attendance IMO. Just my thoughts!
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Re:Dave Brandon details process that brought Winter Classic to Big House Friday, February 10, 2012 11:46 AM (permalink)
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Not really crazy about this deal 

LOVE hockey...Kings fan but respect the Wings...& the Winter Classic is great but just feel the pros have NO business in the Big House, not to mention all that "red" in OUR house doesn't thrill me. Then, add the fact that our boys should be playing in the Rose Bowl...hopefully...the same day & doesn't really make sense to me!

What's wrong with putting the game in CoAmerica Park in downtown Detroit...that's where it belongs, no? Guess, Brandon couldn't turn down the $$...but Michigan playing in the Rose Bowl could have an adverse effect on the attendance IMO. Just my thoughts!


It will probably close to even with Red and Blue. Just a much uglier blue than ours.
 
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Re:Dave Brandon details process that brought Winter Classic to Big House Friday, February 10, 2012 2:43 PM (permalink)
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Rose bowl?? Tee heee lol, bet he's figuring that ain't gonna happen. ;)
 
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Re:Dave Brandon details process that brought Winter Classic to Big House Thursday, February 16, 2012 8:57 PM (permalink)
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I shared Wings season tickets for 14 seasons (1991-2005) and I'm psyched for this one- I'll definitely be there.  For me, getting rid of my tickets wasn't the drunken fans; it was the ticket prices.  To sit in Section 219 at the Joe and about 10 rows from the top was costing me $220 a game for 4 seats.  That's pretty steep for sitting so far away...then you had to pay for all four rounds of the playoffs up front.  It was time to find a new hobby after the prices started getting out of hand.
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Re:Dave Brandon details process that brought Winter Classic to Big House Thursday, February 16, 2012 9:51 PM (permalink)
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Not really crazy about this deal 

LOVE hockey...Kings fan but respect the Wings...& the Winter Classic is great but just feel the pros have NO business in the Big House, not to mention all that "red" in OUR house doesn't thrill me. Then, add the fact that our boys should be playing in the Rose Bowl...hopefully...the same day & doesn't really make sense to me!

What's wrong with putting the game in CoAmerica Park in downtown Detroit...that's where it belongs, no? Guess, Brandon couldn't turn down the $$...but Michigan playing in the Rose Bowl could have an adverse effect on the attendance IMO. Just my thoughts!

 
Sorry, this is a win - win and will generate HUGE bucks for Michigan, Ann Arbor and the Wings.  The red in the stands? Big deal as long as there's a Winged Wheel on the front.  There's going to be a ton of ugly blue there as well. 
It's not at Comerica because you can fit 70,000 more people in Michigan Stadium which is a no brainer for the NHL and Ilitch family to agree upon. 
There won't be any ill effects on attendance if UM plays in the Rose Bowl - the hockey game should be at 1:00, the Rose Bowl at 4:00/4:30 so it's a party all day... I like your optimism on UM being there though.
I do question the logistics though... I plan on going but trying to hit the bathrooms at a good time will be a challenge and getting a beer is going to be verrrrry difficult.  Parking is also going to be crappy because of snow/soft grass/ etc around the Stadium where parking usually is ok in Oct/Nov.
 
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Re:Dave Brandon details process that brought Winter Classic to Big House Friday, February 17, 2012 8:05 AM (permalink)
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Here's the real process:
 
NHL to DB:  How would you like to host the Winter Classic at the Big House?
 
DB to NHL:  I don't know... logistics, construction, preparation?
 
NHL to DB:  Here's a $h!^load of $$$$$$cash$$$$$$
 
DB:  OK!
Hail to the Victors!
 
UM vs. the SEC:  23-6-1
Rest of the B10 vs. the SEC:  74-91-5
Enough said.
 
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Re:Dave Brandon details process that brought Winter Classic to Big House Friday, February 17, 2012 9:27 AM (permalink)
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I am not a hockey fan at all but I think this does bring some added excitement....maybe we can use to our advantage other than just the money
Just because I live in Columbus, Ohio I am not a fool...


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Re:Dave Brandon details process that brought Winter Classic to Big House Friday, February 17, 2012 10:19 AM (permalink)
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Not really crazy about this deal 

LOVE hockey...Kings fan but respect the Wings...& the Winter Classic is great but just feel the pros have NO business in the Big House, not to mention all that "red" in OUR house doesn't thrill me. Then, add the fact that our boys should be playing in the Rose Bowl...hopefully...the same day & doesn't really make sense to me!

What's wrong with putting the game in CoAmerica Park in downtown Detroit...that's where it belongs, no? Guess, Brandon couldn't turn down the $$...but Michigan playing in the Rose Bowl could have an adverse effect on the attendance IMO. Just my thoughts!

I LOVE seeing all the red in your house. Especially since I'm one of them. ;)

 
 
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Re:Dave Brandon details process that brought Winter Classic to Big House Friday, February 17, 2012 10:40 AM (permalink)
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I bet Wings fans come close to outnumbering Kings fans when they play out in LA...

 

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Re:Dave Brandon details process that brought Winter Classic to Big House Friday, February 17, 2012 10:47 AM (permalink)
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Well let's see.
 
We get a ton of cash, a ton of attention, and a chance to break even more records.
 
The ink can't dry fast enough.
 
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