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Winter Classic reset for next Jan. 1 in Michigan Stadium

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The Winter Classic outdoor game that was canceled because of the lockout will be played on Jan. 1, 2014, at Michigan Stadium, the NHL announced Sunday before a Red Wings-St. Louis Blues game in Detroit.

The Toronto Maple Leafs will face the host Red Wings in the rescheduled game at the football venue called the "Big House." With the stadium seating more than 100,000, there's a strong possibility that an outdoor attendance record for the NHL could be established.

"Everything had been locked down and loaded, and the big issue was whether it could be put back together," NHL chief financial officer John Collins said, according to USA Today.

The Winter Classic also will include putting down ice at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, where two alumni games, American Hockey League, college, high school and youth games will be played in the two weeks leading up to the Winter Classic on New Year's Day.

Beyond the Classic, the NHL is discussing with the Board of Governors, the NHL Players' Association and interested teams the possibility of playing additional outdoor games as early as next season.
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