The CCHA has approached Ford Field officials about the possibility of hosting the 2010 or 2011 Frozen Four, according to a report in today’s Detroit News.
Ford Field is the home of the Detroit Lions, and seats about 65,000 for football. Detroit is already hosting next year’s Super Bowl and the 2009 men’s basketball Final Four.
“The CCHA (Central Collegiate Hockey Association) people have talked to us about the possibility of putting something together,” Tom Lewand, the executive vice president and chief executive officer of the Lions who oversees Ford Field operations, said Monday in Allen Park.
“We have not gotten formal about it. We haven’t really started down the path of pursuing it,” said Tom Lewand, the executive vice president and chief executive officer of the Lions who oversees Ford Field operations, to the Detroit News. “College hockey is fantastic. We think we could do something exciting.”
The stadium would have to be fitted for hockey, similar to have Michigan State’s Spartan Stadium hosted the Cold War game on Oct. 6, 2001.
“The process really has to mature more before we really can gauge that,” Lewand told the paper. “There is a lot of due diligence to be done before we say we’re really interested. We have to see if it’s feasible, to see if we’re interested.”
The stadium has been used for basketball; Michigan State and Kentucky drew 78,129 — an all-time record — for a game on Dec. 13, 2003.