Ohio State and Michigan look like they are going to take their ice rivalry outdoors to Cleveland's Progressive Field, home of the Indians.
A person with knowledge of the negotiations told the Associated Press that the Buckeyes and Wolverines will skate in January at the 43,000-seat ballpark.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because negotiations were ongoing and any announcement on the first major outdoor hockey game in Ohio is still days away.
Ohio State and Michigan are members of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, and the matchup would be a home game for the Buckeyes.
Michigan is no stranger to playing outdoors. The Wolverines played intrastate rival Michigan State at the Big House last season, hosting over 100,000 fans for the game. You might remember that Wisconsin has also played some games outdoors at its football stadium.
The schools are continuing the outdoor game frenzy and capitalizing on the popularity of the spectacles. Good for them. NCAA hockey doesn't get much attention, even when the Frozen Four rolls around, so anything that can draw more attention to the sport is for the good.
The outdoor angle is enough to make me want to watch. Add in the Buckeyes/Wolverines rivalry and it's ratings gold ... well by NCAA hockey's standards.
-- Brian Stubits
The Associated Press contributed to this report