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We’re one step closer to being able to buy beer at Winter Classic

Mike Ilitch, Gary Bettman

Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch, left and National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman walk on the field after announcing the NHL Winter Classic hockey game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. The Toronto Maple Leafs will play the Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


We previously reported that the Michigan state House was busy working on legislation to allow people to purchase alcohol during the 2013 NHL Winter Classic at the University of Michigan. Well, you’ll be happy to know that their efforts seem to be paying off.

The House has approved a bill sponsored by Republican state Representative Mark Ouimet on Thursday. The next step is for it to be voted on in the state Senate. Thus concludes our brief civic lesson on how a bill to allow people to buy beer at a sporting event becomes law.

It’s worth noting that when the NHL approved the venue for the Winter Classic, it was on the condition that the sale of alcohol would be permitted.

The Winter Classic will be between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.