100,000 for a Hockey Game? Maybe

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.

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4 Responses to 100,000 for a Hockey Game? Maybe

  1. Doug says:

    Is it bad this was part of the reason I’m staying in Ann Arbor for grad school?

  2. I think it suggests your long-standing residence on the dean’s list.

  3. I already have tickets to the game in Madison! Anyone looking for awesome outdoor hockey at a fraction of the cost of attending the winter classic? Then get your but up to Wisconsin next weekend. The hockey will be great – Wisconsin is currently ranked #2 in the nation (Michigan is worse). Madison is a GREAT college town located on an isthmus between two lakes (numerous shinny possibilities!). With southwest flying to Milwaukee now, you could probably do the entire weekend for $300/person.

  4. Hittman says:

    The NHL is doing a great job with the Winter Classic, but I’d like to see something more like what the KHL did with its outdoor All Star game in Red Square. Stick a game on the National Mall on the Reflecting Pool and the NHL will really get some exposure.

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