Adrian will be the latest college team to skate in an outdoor game next season as the Bulldogs and the U.S. National Under-18 Team are set to square off at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio, on December 31, 2014, at 4 p.m. EDT as part of Winterfest 2014.
Winterfest 2014 is a 10-day event taking place December 26, 2014 to January 4, 2015. Fifth Third Field is the home of the Toledo Mud Hens, the AAA affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.
“Everyone at the NTDP is excited for our first-ever outdoor game and the continuation of our friendly rivalry with Adrian College,” said NTDP senior director of operations Scott Monaghan in a statement. “USA Hockey is grateful for everyone involved in Winterfest and look forward to a wonderful experience for our players.”
“Our team is excited to be a part of playing outdoor hockey at Fifth Third Field during Winterfest,” added Adrian coach Ron Fogarty. “Our first experience [outdoors] a few years ago was so memorable and I want our current group of players to experience something truly special. It is an honor to be included in conjunction with the [ECHL's] Toledo Walleye and their great organization. We look forward to playing the Under-18 Team on New Year’s Eve and hope to entertain the crowd on the last day of 2014.”
Adrian last played in an outdoor game Dec. 4, 2010 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., defeating Concordia (Wis.) 3-0.