Michigan, Ohio State To Play Outdoors in Cleveland
CHN Staff Report
Ohio State and Michigan will play an outdoor hockey game — dubbed The Frozen Diamond Faceoff — Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 in Cleveland's Progressive Field, home of baseball's Cleveland Indians. The teams were set to play that weekend at Ohio State, Jan. 13-14, but the latter game was moved to the following day and will be a 5:05 p.m. start.
“This is a great opportunity for our program and student-athletes,” Ohio State second-year head coach Mark Osiecki, said. “I was involved with two outdoor games at Wisconsin and they really are something special for everyone involved. It’s such a unique experience to play on an outdoor rink in front of so many fans.”
Indians Snow Days gives fans the chance to enjoy ice skating, snow tubing and more at Progressive Field. “Snopening Day” is Nov. 25 and runs through Jan. 16. A full calendar is available at Indians.com/snowdays.
The Frozen Diamond is a new addition to Indians Snow Days, which is now in its second year. It is a regulation-sized ice rink situated on the infield covering homeplate and stretching down the first base line.
“We are excited to be a part of The Frozen Diamond Faceoff,” Chris Schneider, Ohio State associate athletics director for sport administration, said. “The event allows us to bring Ohio State hockey to fans in the northern part of the state. We are pleased we can share this experience with one of our university’s biggest rivals.”
Ohio State first played in an outdoor game Feb. 11, 2006, when it faced off against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Osiecki was an assistant coach for the Badgers in the game, which was played in front of 40,890 fans.
Michigan helped start the trend, when it played against Michigan State at Spartan Stadium in October 2001. Michigan then played Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison in February 2010. Then, last season, on Oct. 11, 2010, Michigan hosted Michigan State at Michigan Stadium, as the teams set a world single-game hockey attendance record of nearly 100,000 people.
Ohio State fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for The Frozen Diamond Faceoff from the university’s allotment through special presale opportunities before they become available to the general public. Specifics on the presale will be released in the coming weeks; check OhioStateBuckeyes.com for information.
Boston University and Boston College also played an outdoor game at Fenway Park in 2010. Fenway Park officials are trying to plan another outdoor game for this season, possibly between Maine and New Hampshire, but that has not been settled yet.