There are more the 114,000 x more than $100 reasons to play at the Big House. Period. This thing is about money, and there's more money to be had at Michigan Stadium than there is at Comerica - or Ford Field (although the Illitch posse choose that venue anyway).
The world attendance record will be nice too, for a few years unitl University of Michigan adds a few field seats to break it again.
What the NHL SHOULD do, but won't: Play the game on an Olympic Sized rink. The Olympic size rink fits the stadium much better.
Also - I am very interested in contrasting the look and feel of the Michigan game last winter to next years Winter Classic. Last years game was visually designed to feature the ice rink, and bring out the bueaty and vastness of Michigan Stadium - and minimize any visual distraction other than rink and stadium. I suspect that the NHL will add a lot of on-field visual noise, and cause the smaller rink to get lost in the massive Big House.
I do hope they play enough games and practices at The Big House to season the ice at least.
The Comerica Park portion, will be a great success. It would be even without the actual Big House game, just as the Fenway rink this season was.http://www.ballparkd...ozen-fenway-30m