The long-rumoured matchup between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings in the 2013 Winter Classic is a done deal, reports out of Michigan said Wednesday. The Red Wings and Maple Leafs will play at the University of Michigan football stadium on Jan. 1, where a crowd of 110,000 is expected at “The Big House.”

An official announcement will take place at a news conference early next month. It will mark the first time a Canadian team will appear in a Winter Classic. NBC, which has broadcast the previous Winter Classics, has preferred a matchup of two U.S. teams. the Red Wings wanted to hold the game at Comerica Park, home of baseball's Detroit Tigers, but the NHL didn't want to miss the opportunity to set a record for attendance.

The biggest crowd to see a Winter Classic came in 2008, when 71,217 attended the inaugural event at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York, between the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins. In 2010, an NCAA game between Michigan and Michigan State attracted 113,411.

IT IS OFFICIALLY A "DONE DEAL" NOW with the announcement today by commissioner Gary Bettman

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