“We couldn’t be more excited to be announcing this game, which we are very pleased to do in partnership with our longtime rivals Colorado College as well as the Colorado Rockies and NCHC,” DU athletic director Peg Bradley-Doppes said in a news release. “The Denver hockey program has a proud tradition and rich history … and this game will further add to the Pioneers’ legacy. This game at Coors Field will also add a new dimension to our storied rivalry with the Tigers, and we can’t wait to pack the park with college hockey fans in February.”
The DU-CC rivalry dates back to 1950, with the Pioneers having gone 165-116-17 in 298 all-time meetings with the Tigers. Denver swept Colorado College in the teams’ four-game season series this past season to reclaim the Gold Pan.
“We are thrilled to be taking our rivalry with the University of Denver outside in 2016,” CC athletic director Ken Ralph said in a statement. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our players and we are grateful to the Colorado Rockies, the Coors Field staff and the University of Denver for making this a reality for our team. We are looking forward to a large crowd in a beautiful setting as our teams display that college hockey is indeed thriving in the state of Colorado.”
Located in Denver’s historic ‘LoDo’ district, Coors Field has served as the Rockies’ home since 1995, during which time it has hosted a Major League Baseball All-Star Game (1998) as well as the World Series (2007). February’s DU-CC showdown will mark the first time a sport other than baseball will be played at the stadium competitively.
This will mark the third straight year in which at least one team from the NCHC has competed in an outdoor game. Miami skated in the Hockey City Classic at Chicago’s Soldier Field last season and Western Michigan, who faced Miami in Chicago, were also part of the 2013 Great Lakes Invitational, staged at Detroit’s Comerica Park.
“This event will provide an incredible atmosphere and life-enriching experience for student-athletes in Coors Field next February when Denver and Colorado College take the Gold Pan rivalry back to its roots while playing outside,” added NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton.
More information on the game, including ticketing information, will be announced at a later date.