Photo Gallery: MSU Outdoor Game History
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State hockey team will take on Michigan at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 as a part of Coyote Logistics Hockey City Classic, it was announced today (Aug. 12) by Intersport, the event's organizer. The MSU-UM matchup will be part of a doubleheader, with Miami (Ohio) and Western Michigan taking part in the event as well.
"This is an incredible opportunity for our program to participate in one of college hockey's premier events of the season," MSU head coach Tom Anastos said. "The combination of a world-class city, historic stadium, a great hockey market and college hockey's longest rivalry between the two schools that started this outdoor game phenomenon, makes for an experience of a lifetime for our student-athletes. We could not be more excited."
"For nearly 30 years, Intersport's heritage has been creating unique experiences that engage passionate audiences," said Drew Russell, Vice President of Properties for Intersport. "We are dedicated to the art of developing experiences like this fantastic collegiate outdoor hockey doubleheader. Coyote is a fanatical supporter of Chicago, its local community, employees and student-athletes across the country."
The game will mark the fourth meeting between MSU and U-M in an outdoor setting. Michigan State hosted Michigan in the inaugural outdoor game of the NCAA modern era on Oct. 6, 2001 at Spartan Stadium. A then world-record crowd of 74,554 saw the two teams play to a 3-3 tie.
The Spartans fell to the Wolverines on Dec. 11, 2010 at Michigan Stadium. Last year, Michigan State blanked Michigan, 3-0, in the GLI at Comerica Park.
MSU has an all-time record of 1-1-2 in outdoor games.
The inaugural Hockey City Classic - the first hockey games ever played at Soldier Field - attracted more than 52,000 fans in 2013. In addition, more than 100,000 people attended the 80 events that made up the Hockey City Classic Winter Festival, an 18-day celebration at Soldier Field. The 2015 Festival will include open and corporate skates, hockey clinics, exhibition matches and exclusive hospitality events. This partnership is another foray for Coyote's sports marketing initiatives - they also sponsor the Coyote Chicago Mission, one of the country's top Tier 1AAA Hockey Clubs.
Tickets, which start as low as $19, will go on sale to the general public in October. Fans can follow the Coyote Logistics Hockey City Classic on Twitter @HkyCityClassic and on Facebook at facebook.com/HockeyCityClassic.