Michigan hockey team will face Ohio State in outdoor 'Frozen Diamond Faceoff' in Cleveland
The Michigan hockey program will play in its fourth outdoor game when it takes on Ohio State on Jan. 15 at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
The regular-season game -- called The Frozen Diamond Faceoff -- on the Cleveland Indians home field will serve as a showcase for the annual two-month-long Snow Days festival in Cleveland. The Snow Days events drew more than 50,000 people to Progressive Field last year, the Cleveland Indians said in a release.
"We're expecting the place to be sold out," Indians President Mark Shapiro said Thursday while making the announcement on the field, flanked by Ohio State and Michigan helmets.
The Jan. 15 game will begin at 5:05 p.m.
Outdoor games are becoming a staple for the Michigan hockey team, which set a word record for hockey attendance when 104,173 watched the Big Chill at the Big House in December. The Wolverines also faced Wisconsin in 2010 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis. Michigan and Michigan State played in an outdoor game in 2001.
The Frozen Diamond Faceoff won't break the attendance mark The Big Chill at the Big House established. The capacity of Progressive Field is 43,545, and officials said Wednesday that some seats won't be able to be used because of how the rink and Snow Days activities will be configured.
Tickets will go on sale Nov. 14, according to a release from the Indians.