It’s not news when 100,000-plus pack into the Big House on an autumn Saturday on the campus of the University of Michigan — that’s standard support for Wolverine football. But this December 11 Michigan will face arch rival Michigan State in hockey there, and 105, 585 tickets have already been sold! Obviously, that would be a world record crowd for a hockey game — on any level.
College hockey has gotten into the outdoor fun in recent years. Wisconsin defeated Ohio State 4-2 in the first-ever hockey game played at Lambeau Field back in February of 2006, with Hershey Bears’ forward Andrew Joudrey scoring in the game. Beantown puck rivals Boston University and Boston College faced off at Fenway Park this past January a week after the Winter Classic between Philly and the Bruins. But college hockey — heck, any level of hockey — has no precedent for what’s coming its way this December in Ann Arbor.