Bemidji State women's hockey: Beavers will play outdoors at Camp Randall Stadium, home of Wisconsin football
Outdoor games in big venues are becoming a popular new trend in hockey.
Count the Bemidji State women's hockey team in.
The Beavers were selected to play in the Camp Randall Hockey Classic, which will be held on Feb. 6, 2010 in Madison, Wis.
The Beavers will play the University of Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium, home of the University of Wisconsin football team.
"It's going to be a great opportunity to play a unique game in a unique setting," Bemidji State head coach Steve Sertich said in a press release. "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 game will stand a good chance of breaking the all-time NCAA women's hockey attendance record for a single game.
The current record of 5,377 was set at the Kohl Center in Jan. 2008 in a game between Wisconsin and St. Cloud State.
Camp Randall Stadium holds 80,321 fans for football games.
The Bemidji State-Wisconsin matchup is the first outdoor women's hockey game to be held in a football stadium.
Following the Bemidji State-Wisconsin game will be the Wisconsin men against Michigan, which will serve as the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Game.
Times for the games have not yet been set.
"The University of Wisconsin has one of the most famous football stadiums in college athletics and one of the most storied men's and women's hockey programs, as well," said Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez said. "That makes a perfect match for this kind of event and so we are delighted to be able to bring outdoor hockey to Madison."
The game will mark the second outdoor game in the modern era of Wisconsin men's hockey.
In 2006, The Frozen Tundra Hockey Classic between Wisconsin and Ohio State at Lambeau Field in Green Bay drew 40,890 spectators.
The game will mark the third outdoor game played in Division I men's college hockey.
The first was in 2001 when Michigan faced Michigan State at Spartan Stadium in a game dubbed The Cold War.
That contest finished in a 3-3 tie in front of 74,544 spectators, the current world record for an outdoor hockey contest.
The National Hockey League has recently used the New Year's Day Winter Classic as an event to showcase hockey and it appears to have staying power as an annual event.
The NHL first tried outdoor hockey in 2007, when Edmonton played Montreal at Commonwealth Stadium, the home of the Edmonton Eskimos football team.
In 2008 the outdoor game became the Winter Classic at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the home of the Buffalo Bills football team. The game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres was held on New Year's Day.
The 2009 Winter Classic featured the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
The Camp Randall hockey rink will be centered at the 50-yard line with the ends reaching approximately the 17-yard lines.
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 Monday, April 6 at 8:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online at UWBadgers.com.