Snow! Sieve! Outdoor Game at Michigan Stadium Announced

The Cold War II promises to be, um, cold.

The Cold War II promises to be, um, cold.

According to The Detroit News, Michigan’s hockey team will take on Michigan State in an outdoor game at Michigan Stadium on December 11 of this year:

Michigan and Michigan State will take their hockey rivalry to another level in December when they play outdoors at the Big House.

The deal was recently finalized, a U-M official said, and the Wolverines and Spartans will take the ice at Michigan Stadium on Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.

The first time Michigan faced Michigan State outdoors, the teams played to a 3-3 tie at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 6, 2001. The “Cold War” game drew a crowd of 74,554 — a record for college hockey attendance.

Ever since the first “Cold War” game, I’ve wanted to see a return contest in the Big House. Yes, outdoor hockey has jumped the shark a bit since the first contest, with the NHL now holding annual “Outdoor Classic” games on New Year’s Day, and Michigan takes on Wisconsin in Camp Randall Stadium on February 6. But still, this is Michigan Stadium, and seeing a hockey game played outdoors in the biggest stadium in the country should be a sight to behold. The good news is, with over 108,000 available seats, it shouldn’t be too hard to find a ticket. The bad news is, with the game on December 11, there’s a strong chance of developing hypothermia during the game. That will be a risk I’ll just have to take, however, to be a part of what will almost certainly be the biggest crowd to ever watch a college hockey game.

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