The University of Michigan is getting closer to hosting in the NHL's Winter Classic in 2013. Though nothing has been specifically agreed upon as of yet, the school's Board of Regents is planning to hold a meeting regarding the possibility Wednesday.
If everything goes as planned at the meeting, it seems that the school will be one step closer to hosting hockey's annual outdoor game.
At this point, it seems all but official. Regents must approve, but after that there shouldn't be a hitch — Winter Classic at the Big House.— Stephen J. Nesbitt (@stephenjnesbitt) February 7, 2012
This is likely good news for those hoping to see the Detroit Red Wings play the Toronto Maple Leafs -- as the rumor goes -- considering that the school was denying that it would be involved in the game just a few weeks ago:
"There's no change in status," Ablauf wrote in an email to The Detroit News. "We are still discussing the prospect of the NHL using our facility for the 2013 Winter Classic. We don't have an agreement in place. There are a lot of moving pieces that make this a very complicated process."
The scheduled Board of Regents meeting doesn't mean it's officially a done deal, but it seems everything will be a lot closer to being finalized if said meeting goes as planned.