Alcohol will be joining hockey inside the Big House for the Winter Classic. A bill passed in the Michigan House on Thursday that will allow alcohol to be served inside the Big House and alcohol companies to advertise on the premises of the university for the game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on January 1, 2013.
University of Michigan vice president Cynthia Wilbanks testified in favor of the bill on May 16.
"I’m sure there may be some who are not enthusiastic, but I didn’t experience a chilly reaction to the legislation," she said.
As part of the agreement between the NHL and the University of Michigan, a condition was that alcohol had to be sold inside the venue used for the game.