Blog: The Road to Outdoor Hockey in Chicago

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Go Gophers! press conference
Go Gophers!

It's been rumored for months, but is now confirmed -- Gopher men's hockey will be playing outdoors at Chicago's Soldier Field next February in a WCHA neutral site game against the Wisconsin Badgers. Junior Zach Budish and Gopher hockey communications director Paul Rovnak are traveling to the Windy City today for a special announcement -- follow their progress throughout the day leading up to the special announcement this afternoon!

MIDWAY AIRPORT: (CHICAGO): 4:35 P.M.
Just got to Midway. Appreciate the short security lines. Now just an hour wait until returning to the State Of Hockey!

EN ROUTE TO MIDWAY (CHICAGO): 3:19 P.M.
So long Chicago! Headed back to Midway to catch return flight to Minneapolis. Thanks to Intersport for having us. Feb 17 cannot come quick enough!

Go Gophers! Mighty Ducks
Go Gophers!

SOLDIER FIELD (CHICAGO): 2:32 P.M.
The fictional Lester Averman from Disneys "The Mighty Ducks" was at today's press conference -- he sought out Zach for a photo on the field, check out the picture above!

SOLDIER FIELD (CHICAGO): 1:52 P.M.
As we're waiting underneath Soldier Field, Zach Budish talks to a few youngsters who are out for the announcement.

EN ROUTE TO SOLDIER FIELD (CHICAGO): 12:54 P.M.
On the shuttle to Soldier Field. Announcement for Hockey City Classic coming soon!

Go Gophers! Chicago Skyline
Go Gophers!
The Chicago Skyline on Wednesday.
Go Gophers!

HARRY CARRY'S RESTAURANT (CHICAGO): 11:43 A.M.
11:43 - just sitting down for lunch at Harry Caray's with representatives from Intersport, Wisconsin and Notre Dame.

INTERSPORT OFFICES (CHICAGO): 10:56 A.M.

Zach and Paul just met all the folks at Intersport. Will be a great group to work with. Now a quick walk around Chicago before heading to lunch.

MIDWAY AIRPORT (CHICAGO): 9:12 A.M.
Wheels down in the Windy City. Plane is taxiing to the terminal. Then it is time to find a cab (a Chicago cab, not  a Boston cab) and meet the good folks from Intersport.

MSP AIRPORT (MINNEAPOLIS): 7:45 A.M.
We are on the plane and headed to Chicago. Once we arrive we head to the main offices of Intersport, which is the group running the Hockey City Classic.

MSP AIRPORT (MINNEAPOLIS): 7:10 A.M.

At Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport grabbing a quick breakfast before boarding and taking off for Chicago.

U OF M CAMPUS (MINNEAPOLIS): 6:15 A.M.
Beginning of a quick trip to Chicago started with picking up Zach Budish at Bierman Field Athletic Building. Zach is one of four players who will be at Soldier Field to officially help announce the Hockey City Classic. He is the lone player who is not from the host
state of Illinois as Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Miami all sent players who are from Illinois.

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