Today brings word of an outdoor hockey game this December on the campus of the University of Michigan, between Red Berenson’s Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans on December 11, in the Big House. Capacity? 106,000-plus. You have to imagine that this game’s organizers are going to market like mad to try and get 100,000 fannies in the seats that Saturday. This will be the Big House’s first hockey game.
The two bitter CCHA rivals actually met outdoors in early October of 2001, a 3-3 tie at MSU’s football stadium. That game drew just under 75,000.
Michigan will play at Wisconsin on February 6 in the Camp Randall Hockey Classic in the Badgers’ football stadium. A really cool-looking gallery of a recent UW outdoor practice skate can be found here. No word yet on television coverage for the December renewal of ‘The Cold War’ beyond a regional outlet.