If you liked the NHLʼs Winter Classic this season in Philadelphia, wait until you see whatʼs going down next year. The NHL has announced the Detroit Redwings will take on the Toronto Maple Leafs in next yearʼs matchup. Get this. It will be played at Michigan Stadium, and they are expecting a hundred and fifteen thousand fans to attend. One hundred and fifteen thousand people watching an NHL game at the “Big House.” I love it! Commission Gary Bettman even said he thinks there will be so much interest, there still wonʼt be enough tickets available. The whole event made me start thinking about a Winter Classic here in Denver. I think it would be fantastic. The first place I thought of holding it was of course Coors Field. As we know, itʼs a beautiful facility, and they just held last yearʼs Winter Classic at another baseball stadium, at Citizenʼs
Bank Park in Philadelphia. It can be done. Then I started thinking about going even bigger. Apparently I wasnʼt the only one. Some people were talking this morning on the radio wondering if the event could be held at Sports Authority Field. The general feeling was that the NHL wouldnʼt be able to sell out the 80,000 seat stadium. I totally disagree! If thereʼs one thing I know about Colorado, itʼs that we LOVE our sports. Coloradans are experts at making a big event into a HUGE event. The Winter Classic isnʼt just a game...itʼs an experience. Even if you werenʼt a big time hockey fan, I think the experience of it all would be so appealing to the entire community. I donʼt have any doubt we could sell out Sports Authority
Field, but I always tend to go big. What do you think?