Outdoor hockey is headed to Soldier Field for the first time in the venue's legendary history. On Feb. 17, 2013, Soldier Field will play host to the inaugural Hockey City Classic - an outdoor college hockey doubleheader featuring premier programs: University of Notre Dame vs. Miami University and University of Minnesota vs. University of Wisconsin.
"It is something that I have always wanted to do, and I think it will be exciting," Minnesota head coach Don Lucia said. "Soldier Field has great history and this is a wonderful opportunity for the University of Minnesota to play in its first recent outdoor hockey game. It should be a terrific experience for all involved. Playing Wisconsin, one of our big rivals, will only add to the experience and make it extra special."
Game times and television partners will be announced at a later date. The Hockey City Classic will be preceded by two weeks of winter festivities, including: two days of free public ice skating; youth, high school and adult hockey events; private ice rentals; and much more. The Hockey City Classic is being organized by Chicago-based sports and entertainment marketing agency Intersport, in partnership with Soldier Field and the Chicago Park District.
For information, including tickets sales, breaking news and schedule information, register for updates at: www.hockeycityclassic.com. Tickets for the Hockey City Classic will go on sale to the general public on Oct. 1 through Ticketmaster.com. Season ticket holders from the four participating universities, as well as Chicago Bears season ticket holders, will have the opportunity to purchase advance tickets in an exclusive presale. Once the presale information is finalized, each university and the Chicago Bears will communicate with their respective season ticket holders.
"This attraction will offer something for everyone," Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly said. "In addition to hockey fans experiencing an unprecedented event at historic Soldier Field, the general public will have the unique opportunity to skate on the rink during the free public programming."