College Hockey:
Hockey City Classic scheduled for Soldier Field in February 2013

The Hockey City Classic, an outdoor college hockey doubleheader featuring four top programs, is scheduled for Feb. 17, 2013 at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

Notre Dame will play Miami and Minnesota will skate against Wisconsin during the outdoor event at the home of the NFL’s Chicago Bears.

Game times will be announced at a later date.

“This is a great opportunity for us to play in such a historic stadium in a city with a lot of both Miami University alumni and Miami hockey alumni,” Miami coach Enrico Blasi said in a statement. “We are grateful for the opportunity and look forward to playing one of our big rivals in the University of Notre Dame in our first outdoor game.”

“It’s a great thrill for Notre Dame to play our first outdoor game in Chicago at historic Soldier Field,” added Notre Dame head coach Jeff Jackson. “With so many Irish fans, alumni and current players hailing from the Windy City, it will be a homecoming of sorts. Joining three other great hockey programs at this event will create a tremendous day of college hockey for the great hockey fans of Chicago.”

“It is something that I have always wanted to do and I think it will be exciting,” Minnesota coach Don Lucia continued. “Soldier Field has great history and this is a wonderful opportunity for the University of Minnesota to play in its first recent outdoor hockey game. It should be a terrific experience for all involved. Playing Wisconsin, one of our big rivals, will only add to the experience and make it extra special.”

“To be able to play outdoor hockey at one of the most famous venues in the country, in Chicago, which is a great hockey town, will be a special event,” Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves added. “We’ve experienced these types of games in the past and they create memories that the student-athletes will be able to tell their grandkids about some day.”

The Hockey City Classic will be preceded by two weeks of winter festivities, including two days of free public ice skating, youth, high school and adult hockey events and private ice rentals.

Tickets for the event will go on sale to the general public on Oct. 1 through Ticketmaster.com. Season ticket holders from the four participating universities, as well as Chicago Bears season ticket holders, will have the opportunity to purchase advance tickets in an exclusive presale.

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  • Puckcoach3

    Hockey City ? What a hoot …

  • RondoHockey

    Why don’t they have the dang thing in the Twin Cities! It’s freakin cold there and they’d sell out!!

    • Afterfurtherreview

      Why don’t they just play inside, like they should. This outdoor stuff is old already!


        Well maybe for you but for the rest of us it’s kinda cool. It would make sense to have it in Minny. Not saying people in Illinois don’t like hockey but they probably don’t care as much as they would here.

        • Afterfurtherreview

          If it’s so kinda cool, how come every time they announce another outside game, except it seems in this case, more people talk about how old it is getting? It’s usually bad ice (too cold or too warm), the lighting is different, the views are awful. How is this fun? It definitely affects the outcomes of the games and why would anybody want their team playing in that in college, where every game can be so important in pairwise?

  • Jon

    What a Joke 4 teams that have nothing to do with chicago

    • bronxbomberz41

      Chicago = major city within a few hundred miles of those schools. Probably a really big alumni population for those schools, especially Notre Dame.

      Though it would be kinda cool if more major US cities had college hockey programs, like Chicago or NY (even Philly or Pitt).

      • Joseph Crowley

        Chicago is a MAJOR hub for all of the Big 10 schools graduates. It also has an excellent history of professional and minor league hockey, just not so much on the college front. Perhaps this is an effort to get Northwestern and Illinois thinking about fielding hockey teams. It is also probably an effort to gauge whether Chicago could work as a BTHC playoff home long-term, seeing how it is more central to all of the B10 schools that will be playing in that conference 2013-2014 and beyond.

        • http://www.facebook.com/phil.vanschepen Phil Van Schepen

          Great points Joseph. Outdoor games are becoming a cliche, but non hockey people love them. Chicago is a major media market, and four of the top teams in the midwest playing outdoors is great exposure for college hockey. Notre Dame brings NBC, and they will surely stick around for MN/WI on Sunday. USCHO fans don’t need a gimmick to pay attention to college hockey, but the casual sports fan does. It is only a start; but if successful, this “gimmick” could bring enough eyes and money to be a springboard to more D1 programs.

          • Afterfurtherreview

            Key statement… “but non hockey people like them.” I am so sick of outdoor hockey.

      • WCHA Fan

        Pittsburgh has DI college hockey. You are correct otherwise, the others could sure use it.

        • bronxbomberz41

          I guess Robert Morris is near Pittsburg, but thats like saying UMass-Lowell is in Boston because its so close. I was thinking like, UPitt or something.

          • WCHA Fan


  • sneezyP

    How is Chicago not a hockey city? We have one of the original six nhl teams.. . .

    • BulldogFan

      Chicago is a Hockey city just not in the same league as Minneapolis/St. Paul or Boston

  • jdhockeyboyz

    I hope the Gophers don’t include this game in my season ticket package

    • BulldogFan

      Its a home game for the Badgers

      • Bagder Fan

        Yes it is a home game for the Badgers but, it is not part of
        the season ticket package. I hold season
        tickets for the Saturday night series, and not only did they take away a
        Saturday night game to play in Chicago, they moved another Saturday night game
        to a Monday night. My season ticket
        package has only six sure Saturday night games.

  • Chi Town Bucky Fan

    looking forward to it… would have rather seen the Badgers play ND (both in football as well as hockey)


    Id rather see the Sioux play the Gophers then the Badgers.

    • big ten fan

      badgers and minny have much bigger fan base (tickets = $) ; how many Sioux grads are there in the mid west?

      • Fan Man

        I would have to agree. I don’t believe/know how many of us Sioux fans reside over to the east. Tons in the Twin cities, west coast and south but most of us are to friendly to go too far east and deal with the snobs out there. Or maybe that’s just me…

        • B.D.

          The normal progression of a UND grad is to move immediately to MSP after graduation. Then after a couple of years most move on to either Denver or Phoenix.
          Not too many go very far east…

          • Guest

            Why don’t they stay in Grand Forks?? (I can’t keep a straight face while typing!!!)

        • Guest

          I can tell how friendly you are by this comment.

    • jdhockeyboyz

      I think a Gopher-Sioux match-up would make more sense in Mpls. TCF Bank stadium or Target Field.

  • mn hockey

    Soldiees field makes a good venue. Good selection of teams since ILL hasn o representation. Take a hint ILL…..

    • Joseph Crowley

      Do not forget Northwestern (perfect mascot/colors for a great hockey sweater) and Purdue (which would also make a great sweater).

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