If you're not of the sporting persuasion, you may not know that the center of the North American Hockey universe has descended on Detroit and Ann Arbor for the 2013 Hockeytown Winter Festival and 2014 Winter Classic, respectively. This weekend, extending through Tuesday, the CoPa will be buzzing with hockey fans from across the globe.
Friday and Saturday kicked off the action on the ice with the Great Lakes Invitational tournament, a decades old tradition of college hockey in the D featuring Michigan and Michigan State. Sunday and Monday will showcase minor league hockey matchups leading up to the Alumni Showdown on Tuesday, featuring former Red Wing and Maple Leaf greats like Yzerman, Lidstrom and many more.
But even if you're not into watching hockey, there is plenty to check out at the Winter Festival. Located in parking lots 1 & 2 outside Comerica Park, the Coke Zero Fan Zone is open December 27-31, 2013, and will welcome thousands of hockey fans per day. Enjoy entertainment complete with live music, interactive hockey games, Red Wings Alumni autograph and Q&A sessions, a unique synthetic ice skating rink, pick-up hockey, outdoor fire pits, special food and beverage options and much more.
Also available on the main stage is a slew of live music like local rock legends The Muggs. Grab a beer and keep warm while rocking out and maybe playing some bubble hockey. You can check out the day to day lineup right here.
And of course, what would a winter hockey festival be without lots of cold beer and hot, greasy, food, eh? Admission to the Coke Zero Fan Zone is free with a paid ticket to one of the games or just $5 if you want to hang out for the day without going to the game.
Check out more about the Hockeytown Winter Festival right here.