i like 'em both
Red Wings at Michgan Stadium?
I would much rather have the Red Wings play at Michigan Stadium since people who would have tickets would actually be able to watch the game...unlike in Comerica where a majority of the seats will be nowhere near the rink to actually watch the game.
However, I will not be that picky, I will take any winter classic in the Metro Detroit area for a Red Wings home game.
This gets talked about annually. It seems a foregone conclusion that the Wings will play in one of those January 1st outdoor hockey games at Michigan Stadium eventually so the NhL can get the publicity of setting a world record. Comerica gets floated because the Illitches own both the Wings and Tigers and they'd be able to collect 100% of the concessions at Comerica without splitting with UM.
I actually think it would work better than Comerica. But I wonder if Dave Brandon wants to keep the Hockey attendance record for a Michigan event rather than have an NHL team in there
I'm not so sure. Brandon talks about growing the Michigan brand and if you could put the words "Michigan Stadium" on a bunch of Maple Leaf gear he would be interested. Plus he could showcase the stadium to a whole new audience in Canada who does like football and if they tune in to a few Michigan games and maybe buy a shirt to two its good for Michigan. UofM could be Canada's college team! Ha ha!
This may not be that far-fetched. I've sold extra tickets on game day several times to dudes from Windsor. I guess there's some interest there?
I actually run into Canadians in A2 tailgating. Definitely not a far fetched idea.
I think Toronto and the Wings would be perfect for this game
And for my MGoWIngs pick: Although the NHL would never allow for such a "low-profile" matchup, but, Columbus and Detroit in the Big House would be pretty cool.
I'm not a fan of the Wings playing at Michigan Stadium. I went to the Big Chill game and thought it was great. But an event like that can only be held once every several years if you want to keep attendance up. Having the Red Wings play at Michigan Stadium would reduce the uniqness of Michigan Hockey playing in the big house.
The wings are not Michigan men , so no.
if UofM is in a Jan 1st bowl game would they want 100k+ people in their stadium?
Wouldn't that be 1 more thing for DB to worry about?
during the 'down time' of the football season Dec. 11
For the record, I wasn't really making a serious suggestion here. A Wings-Leafs game at Michigan Stadium will sell out even if Michigan is playing a bowl game at the same time. Why? Because the game will attract Wings and Leafs fans, of whom there is a very large number, most of which are not Michigan fans. The Winter Classic has never had attendence problems with smaller fanbases, so two of the biggest fanbases in the NHL should have no problem filling the stadium, espcially when neither team is particularly far away.
I'd love to see it, but I hope that it's not New Year's Day, since The Big Ten will be playing in four bowl games at that time.
Actually, since NYD 2013 falls on a Sunday, those bowl games will be played January 2nd. So NYD would actually be a great day to have it.
NYD 2012 is on a Sunday with the major bowl games being played January 2. NYD 2013 is a Tuesday, so bowl games would be played as normal on January 1.
currently at 100.4% of capacity
don't want to get into a ticket sold discussion
but the demand is there...JLA is ancient and kind of a dump
Interesting, considering there isn't a Wing's game tonight. Do you actually go to games? The arena is plenty full on most nights.
not your strong suit. The 3-4,000 empty seats were for the first 4 games of the 2007 season, not the playoffs. You are out of your mind if you don't think a Wings game @ the Big House wouldn't be a huge draw.
in two posts. Clearly, getting the facts straight are not that important to you. Despite the economy, the Wings are still popular. Attendance has been fine this season. And as for this:" Alas, I have teeth and the ability to quickly post another link proving the point", you sure are a swell guy, a true asset to this board.
Thanks for the 2 year old article.
From the same article:
The tepid turnout is a reflection of both Michigan's sagging economy and the tough battle the NHL faces for fans. The Detroit area has been hit hard in the past few years as the Big Three auto makers and their suppliers slashed tens of thousands of jobs. The region ranks near the top in home foreclosures, too. Detroit's entertainment dollar is "severely stretched," says Comerica Bank chief economist Dana Johnson.
The article goes on to indentify the "too much of a good thing" factor, in which so much success creates fan "malaise" that deadens the arena and keeps fans away. (As a Devils fan, I've always felt there's some truth to this.) A touchier subject is the fact that his collection of Red Wings has a much more pronounced international flavor than previous championship teams:
It's almost as if they play 41 home games a year and therefore tickets are less valuable and there's less incentive for corporate ticket holders in the lower bowl to drive all the way downtown from their Oakland County homes to attend meaningless games in the middle of November. Surely you don't judge the popularity of baseball by the fact that there's a trillion empty seats at every regular season game in June?
Sorry for breaking character, but this is so fucktarded
LOL this is really funny. Also, the Red Wings are a pretty national brand. Gotta imagine people would come in from elsewhere for an event like this.
Yeah, it was pretty darn full last night when we played the Lightning.
Too late, Grand Valley and Michigan Tech played in the "Bash at the Big House" in 2004.
As for opponents for the Wings it's easy. Toronto. Maple Leafs fans travel like Nebraska to play Detroit and would make for a great atmosphere. For Michigan I would say it has to be sparty. There really isn't anyone else that would fill a 110,000 seat stadium and spartys like the Wings too. Wisconsin or OSU fans don't really care about the Wings so you couldn't sell tickets packages to both games.
jerry lundegaard thinks that the golden gophers are a good team to watch...not that anyone would want to watch the wings play the wild...but maybe when the Wild get their outdoor game this could happen
I would love this. Tailgate for the Wings!
Maybe if Vs Blackhawks. Won't sellout on jan 1. Make it NY Eve with a 10 pm start.
wings were sold out of the toronto game last year a good three months before the game and that was at the joe. if they did this they would easily sell out but they would have to do it after college football season for it to get the recognition it deserves.
I would definitely be down with seeing the Wings play in Michigan Stadium. I feel like football stadiums are much better venues to hold outdoor hockey games in than are baseball stadiums. Plus who knows, maybe Datsyuk will leave some of his magic behind at Michigan Stadium.
but I want Michigan to keep the world record. No thanks NHL
Agreed with this. I'd like to keep Michigan Stadium to Michigan athletics. I mean, in the modern era that is. Yes, I know high school teams used to play in there to generate interest/revenue.
I'm going to disagree. Better to have DB get revenue for an NHL game than piling more ads onto a Michigan event.
He did that once. For a hockey game. Unless you're going into the concourse issue, which still isn't really piling ads.
No, I'm talking about what he might do to get moar revenue.
I can't see the stadium filling to capacity for a Red Wings game, as much as I love them. Without the power of the Michigan fan base, I just don't see 115,000 fans showing up for an outdoor hockey game. Or am I being naive?
Penguins vs. Sabres filled up Ralph Wilson Stadium (71, 217).
Capitals vs. Penguins filled up Heinz Field (68, 111).
Now imagine fans of real teams. ;-)
Chicago would be a solid choice I think, especially since there's a large student and alumni population from Chicago.
Leafs would be great for location and old time rivalry's sake. Here's hoping they are a quality opponent by then.
Michigan Stadium has played host to:
High school football
The Detroit Lions
Multiple Slippery Rock games
and GLIAC football games
absolutely yes to this
If they do do this at the Big House, I would anticipate that Michigan will also have a game there. If you're going to build the outdoor rink, you might as well get maximum usage out of it. At Fenway, when the Bruins and Flyers played in the WInter Classic, they also had some of the local college teams play. They got more usage out of the facility. Now, it might be different in Ann Arbor where a game can create traffic problems and what not. However, it's not unforeseeable where the Big House hosts both a Wings outdoor game and a Michigan outdoor game.
I'm a wings fan but I want Michigan to keep the world record
Red Berenson did play for the Wings. The GLI is played at the JLA. The CCHA championship is also played at the JLA. So, there are plenty of connections between U of M and the Wings. DB is willing to rent out the Big House for weddings, why not TWC with the Wings playing an Original 6 team. Other than the Blackhawks, because they have already played at the shit hole on the northside. The game would be a sellout and if it did set a new record for attendance it would still be at the Big House.