Record Crowd Watches American Pharoah HOFers Highlight NBA's Africa Exhibition Blues' Stillman Staying The Course Pharoah Causes Monmouth To Raise Haskell Purse Blackhawks Building New Practice Facility Bettman Addresses Expansion, League's Strength Bridgestone, NHL Renew Sponsor Deal Garber: MLS ASG Format Could Change National Finals Rodeo To Stay At Thomas & Mack Bills' Brandon Replaces Black As Sabres President
SBD/November 20, 2013/Events and Attractions
Winter Classic Nearly Sold Out, Expected To Break Hockey Attendance Record
Published November 20, 2013
FEELING FESTIVE: In Detroit, Melody Baetens notes the Coke Zero Fan Zone at the Dec. 27-31 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival at Comerica Park will feature "a Hockey Hall of Fame tent, food and entertainment outside." Some of the hands-on activities include "street hockey, interactive games and an inflatable toboggan slide," along with a "full-size synthetic ice rink" (DETROIT NEWS, 11/20). In Ann Arbor, Ryan Stanton notes an "especially festive New Year's Eve celebration is in store for downtown Ann Arbor, with plans for 'The Puck Drops Here' now approved." The Ann Arbor Convention & Visitor's Bureau is "the primary sponsor of the event, which is being billed as family-friendly." Ice sculptures representing both hockey teams "are expected to add to the festive atmosphere downtown." Michigan-based design and fabrication studio Metal LLC is "creating a six-foot puck lit with more than 6,000 LED lights that will drop at midnight" (MLIVE.com, 11/19).