The Beavers played in the first women’s hockey Hall of Fame Game this past season against the University of Wisconsin, in Eveleth, Minn., and it was announced today by the Wisconsin Department of Athletics that the Badgers will play host to the Camp Randall Hockey Classic on Feb. 6, 2010, at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisc. The stadium is home to the University of Wisconsin football team.
The UW women’s hockey program will take on the Beavers outdoors at the stadium as part of their weekend series, while the men’s program will follow against the Michigan Wolverines in what will serve as the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Game. Times for the games have not yet been set.
The women’s game will be the first of its kind in women’s hockey history.
“It’s going to be a great opportunity to play a unique game in a unique setting,” coach Steve Sertich said. “It’ll be a WCHA game in an outdoor rink in front of what we hope is a great crowd. I think it’s a great chance to showcase not only our game but Bemidji State on a national level. The players will really enjoy playing an outdoor game like they do in the NHL.”
The men’s game will mark the second outdoor game in the modern era of Wisconsin men’s hockey. For the first contest, 40,890 fans showed up at Lambeau Field to watch the Badger men’s team skate to a 4-2 victory over Ohio State University on Feb. 11, 2006. The Frozen Tundra Hockey Classic, as it was named, was also the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game.
The game will mark the third outdoor game played in Division I men’s college hockey since 2001, when Michigan faced Michigan State at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 6, 2001, in a game dubbed “The Cold War”. That contest finished in a 3-3 tie in front of 74,544 fans, the current world record for an outdoor hockey contest.
The rink will be set up at the 50-yard line of the field at Camp Randall Stadium, with the rink reaching the 17-yard lines, approximately, on both ends. Camp Randall Stadium holds 80,321 fans for football games.
The men’s game has been sanctioned by the NCAA as a fundraiser for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum in Eveleth. The game was established in 1974 and the University of Wisconsin has played in it three times, including a 6-4 victory in 1994 over Minnesota Duluth, a 2-1 defeat in 1998 to Notre Dame that opened hockey at the Kohl Center and the 4-2 victory over Ohio State at Lambeau Field in 2006.
Tickets for the general public are $25 each and will go on sale May 4 at 8:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online at UWbadgers.com, at the Wisconsin Athletic Ticket Office or by phone at 1.800.GO.BADGERS.
Student tickets are $10 each and will go on sale beginning April 6 at 8:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online at UWBadgers.com.
OTHER NORTH AMERICAN OUTDOOR HOCKEY GAMES
Name Score Date Attendance Stadium Location
The Cold War Michigan 3, Michigan State 3 10/6/01 74,544 Spartan Stadium East Lansing, Mich.
Heritage Classic Montreal 4, Edmonton 3 11/22/03 57,167 Commonwealth Stadium Edmonton, Alberta
Frozen Tundra Hockey Classic Wisconsin 4, Ohio State 2 2/6/06 40,890 Lambeau Field Green Bay, Wisc.
NHL Winter Classic Pittsburgh 2, Buffalo 1 (SO) 1/1/08 71,217 Ralph Wilson Stadium Buffalo, N.Y.
NHL Winter Classic Detroit 6, Chicago 4 1/1/09 40,818 Wrigley Field Chicago
NCAA Record for women’s hockey attendance - 5,377 on Jan. 26, 2008, at the Kohl Center – Wisconsin 4, St. Cloud State 0
About Bemidji State University
Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a beautiful campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling approximately 5,000 students annually, the university offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and 13 graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. The university is a member of the Minnesota State College and Universities System and has a faculty and staff of nearly 600. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global/multicultural understanding.
For further information about the university, visit our Web site at: http://www.bemidjistate.edu.