Michigan House approves sale of alcohol for NHL at 2013 NHL Winter Classic

Bill now goes to the state Senate

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Michigan House has voted to let hockey fans buy booze at Michigan Stadium when the home of Wolverines' football hosts a game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on New Year's Day.

Scio Township Republican state Rep. Mark Ouimet sponsored the bill that won House approval Thursday. It now goes to the state Senate.

On Wednesday last week, Ouimet said the Winter Classic will provide a huge economic benefit for the greater Ann Arbor area.

"The event will bring tens of thousands of people to the area at a time when the stadium is usually dormant," said Ouimet.

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The outdoor NHL Winter Classic game is scheduled Jan. 1, 2013. The league made the sale of alcohol a condition of approving the venue.

Officials say the game could break a Guinness World Record as the most-attended hockey game ever. The record was set at Michigan Stadium in 2010 when 104,173 attended a Michigan State-Michigan game.

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