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Ohio St., Michigan plan outdoor game in Cleveland

Posted on: June 15, 2011 2:32 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 1:33 am
 

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

Category: NHL
Tags: NCAA Hockey
 
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:42 am
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Since: Dec 15, 2009
Posted on: June 17, 2011 7:45 am
 

Ohio St., Michigan plan outdoor game in Cleveland

Sounds great, but one problem: Ohio State sucks at hockey



Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2011 10:32 pm
 

Ohio St., Michigan plan outdoor game in Cleveland

play it in the shoe! cleveland is not where osu is located at. 



Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: June 16, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Ohio St., Michigan plan outdoor game in Cleveland

This is great! I will be looking forward to it, these outdoor games are terrific, as long as the weather cooperates. The Big Chill at the Big House was awesome. Sure this is smaller in scale, but hey, what would you expect, they are playing in ohio.



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: June 16, 2011 12:49 pm
 

Ohio St., Michigan plan outdoor game in Cleveland

cleveland is not a hockey town. 



Since: May 11, 2011
Posted on: June 16, 2011 7:31 am
 

Ohio St., Michigan plan outdoor game in Cleveland

43,000 fans? WOW seems kind of small for an outdoor Michigan hockey game. We could probably show that game on a big screen in The Big house and draw that many fans. I hope Michigan does more of these outdoor games, they are amazing to watch. Lets Go Blue, kick some Buckeye butt.



Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 11:24 pm
 

Ohio St., Michigan plan outdoor game in Cleveland

Might want to explain how Michigan is hopping on a bandwagon when they played in the game that started the trend, hosted the game that set the world record for attendance, and played in another in Wisconsin.  This will be their fourth game...more then any other team...wouldn't that make them the driver of the bandwagon rather then someone hopping on?


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