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Posted on Thu, Aug 11, 2011 : 2:08 p.m.

Michigan hockey team will face Ohio State in outdoor 'Frozen Diamond Faceoff' in Cleveland

By Jim Knight

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The Big Chill at the Big House outdoor hockey game at Michigan Stadium drew a large crowd last season. Michigan will face Ohio State on Jan. 15 at Progressive Field 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.



Fri, Aug 12, 2011 : 11:54 a.m.

Not even 86,000 &quot;watched&quot; The Big Chill. <a href=""></a>


Fri, Aug 12, 2011 : 8:32 p.m.

I dunno. That stadium looked pretty full to me.


Fri, Aug 12, 2011 : 11:35 a.m.

It would be nice if didn't continue to help the NCAA's mislead with attendance data, using tickets sold vs. people in the stadium actually watching. &quot;Attendance&quot; and &quot;watched&quot; have different meanings. There were not close to 100k people in The Big House watching The Big Chill.

Kevin McNulty

Thu, Aug 11, 2011 : 8:01 p.m.

Okay I am good with this. At first I thought: Why Cleveland? But if it is during an event and they invited the teams that is good. I would like to see this happen in Detroit too. It would be good for the city. Maybe in Tiger Stadium (I know they tore down the old one, I refuse to say C------- Park cause they left Detroit and I don't care for corp names on stadiums Or Bowl games. When I (or if I could ever) buy the Tigers the stadium will become Tiger Stadium and remain so as long as it stands.

David Vande Bunte

Thu, Aug 11, 2011 : 7:35 p.m.

I hope they import the water from Michigan...nobody wants to see hockey on brown ice.


Mon, Aug 29, 2011 : 3:40 a.m.

Well, then - the Huron's certainly got its share of problems. See <a href=""></a>


Sun, Aug 14, 2011 : 2:13 p.m.

Ann Arbor isn't on the Rouge.


Fri, Aug 12, 2011 : 3:11 a.m.

Yeah - like the Rouge is sparkling clean ...

Kevin McNulty

Thu, Aug 11, 2011 : 8:02 p.m.

Last time I saw Lake Erie it looked pretty blue.


Thu, Aug 11, 2011 : 6:44 p.m.

And tickets are available where?.....


Thu, Aug 11, 2011 : 6:53 p.m.

Thanks, I found that too on --- frankly, it's going to be a bad game. January in Cleveland = lots of snow and 10 degree days....and playing OSU is a bad choice -- Miami Oh would have made more sense as far as an entertaining game. But it's clearly being positioned as a Big Ten OSU vs UM thing....they might be surprised to see more UM hockey fans there than OSU fans....

Jim Knight

Thu, Aug 11, 2011 : 6:50 p.m.

Halter: A release from the Indians says tickets will go on sale to the general public on Nov. 14. I haven't heard yet if tickets will be available before then from Michigan.