Gophers, Badgers to Play Outdoor Hockey Game

It’s been talked about and reported on for months but now it’s official: Two Big Ten men’s hockey teams will play a game at Chicago’s Soldier Field next winter as part of the inaugural Hockey City Classic. The doubleheader will feature Notre Dame vs. Miami (Ohio) and Minnesota vs. Wisconsin.

There will be Wednesday news conference in Chicago where more details should be released, including the date and time of the game. It figures to be somewhere on or around the weekend of Feb. 16, 2013. Most college hockey fans know that outdoor hockey is nothing new for the Big Ten.

In 2001 Michigan played Michigan State at Spartan Stadium. Wisconsin played Ohio State in 2006 at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field. Later, Wisconsin played Michigan a game at Camp Randall Stadium in February 2010 while Michigan and Michigan State faced off in the Big House in December 2010. Last season, Michigan played Ohio State at Progressive Field, home of baseball’s Cleveland Indians. On top of that, the NHL’s Winter Classic will be held at Michigan’s football stadium this year, too.


Your Opinion?
Show Comments (6 Comments)
John on 7/9/2012 @ 5:37pm EDT Said:

Absolutely atrocious money grab. Making two fan bases travel to Chicago for a very meaningful game, taking away a home game for the Badgers and playing it on a random weekend in February, this whole situation sucks. Cool venue and idea, very poor execution.

Go Broncos on 7/9/2012 @ 6:09pm EDT Said:

Dont forget Michigan, Michigan State, Western Michigan, and Michigan Tech will be playing the GLI this December outdoors at Comerica Park

Kyle on 7/10/2012 @ 9:22am EDT Said:

I think its GENIUS! From a BTN hockey branding standpoint its a great idea. Both MN & WI fan bases travel VERY VERY well, I 100% disagree with John.

aroznowski on 7/11/2012 @ 12:39am EDT Said:

BTN better air outdoor hockey games this season involving Big Ten schools. BTN needs to air a lot more hockey and lacrosse. staff on 7/11/2012 @ 10:59am EDT Said:

    Thanks for the note. BTN aired about 10 hockey games last season and a few lacrosse games – we’ll let you know when the next season’s TV schedule is posted for sure. That post will appear on the sport pages.

Gary A. Engberg on 2/17/2013 @ 12:54pm EDT Said:

Who are the announcers for the Wisconsin/Minnesota Game? Thanks,