Ohio State-Minnesota Taking Hockey Outdoors

By Kyle Rowland on September 3, 2013 at 4:02p
Hockey configuration at TCF Bank Stadium.

Ohio State and Minnesota will play in the first outdoor hockey game in Big Ten Conference history. The game, being billed as the Hockey City Classic, will take place at TCF Bank Stadium at noon on Jan. 17. 

“The Hockey City Classic at TCF Bank Stadium will be a special event for the entire state of Minnesota,” University of Minnesota Director of Athletics Norwood Teague said. “Outdoor hockey is a prominent fixture of Minnesota culture and we know that partnering with Intersport for this event will guarantee an unbelievable experience for everyone involved.”  

This will be the third outdoor hockey game the Buckeyes have played in. They lost to Wisconsin at Lambeau Field in 2006 and to Michigan at Progressive Field in 2012. 

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GoldenBuckeye's picture

I need to plan a trip back home to see this.  Should be a lot of fun, and will certainly bring back great memories of playing outdoors.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Minnesota is gonna kill us when we play them. Ohio is to football as Minnesota is to hockey. They good yo.
It should be noted that Minnesota lost to Wisconsin at Soldier Field last year. Not sure if the Gophers have played any other games. 

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Buckeye in Illini country's picture

Yeah Minnesota is good, but I don't think it is a given that we will lose.  The hockey team is experiencing a resurgence similar to how the wrestling team has done under Coach Ryan.
I'm curious if something like this could ever be done in Ohio Stadium.  That would be epic, but is it consistently cold enough to deal with the melting problem on the ice's surface.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  "We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!"

buckeye56's picture

*WAS experiencing a resurgence, then suddenly fired their head coach and had most of an entire recruiting class de-commit. I've been a season ticket holder since moving back to Columbus in '97, and as much as I hate to say it, after this year it's looking like bringing up the bottom of a 6 team conference is a real possibility.

rampageripster's picture

Just moved to St. Paul, and I'm giddy... first the inaugural B1G tourney, now this... hell yes

Cause I couldn't go for three

MN Buckeye's picture

Welcome to the TC, Rampage. UMN hockey is very popular, but Don Lucia has had a difficult time keeping kids since so many go right to the NHL after a year or even two.
OSU has a good chance in this game, but they will have to play well.

Johnny Ginter's picture

yesssss get pumped, and holy crap man the b1g is practically built for stuff like this. the big chill between michigan and sparty looked amazing, and an ohio stadium version would be bonkers.

southbymidwest's picture

Good Lord there isn't enough Under Armour coldgear to wear to a game like that in Minnesota. That being said, I would watch it. Maybe not go to it, but watch it on BTN? Sure!

MN Buckeye's picture

I have lived in Minnesota so long, I might even put on a jacket.

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

This would be a awesome experience to see live it it wasn't so cold.

NC_Buckeye's picture

If the game starts around noon instead of the 4:00-ish start time that occurred at Progressive Field, the cold could be managed. But once the sun sets, not even a warm shower is going to get the chill out of your bones.
My friend & I went to the Cleveland game two years ago. We've decided that in the future we'll go to tournaments instead. The B1G tourney will be our trip this year if funds are available.
BTW, we went to the Three Rivers Classic last year and had a blast. (Just wished we had beat Penn State.)

pjtobin's picture

This sounds sweet! I don't know crap about hockey. I like the fights. Lol. I hope we continue to get better. I am all for rooting for my Buckeyes. No matter what sport. After finally getting to watch last Saturdays game, yesterday , there were a few big ten hockey commercials. That's kinda neat. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad.