Time to start thinking details for Culver's Camp Randall Hockey Classic

For the first time since the announcement of the Culver’s Camp Randall Hockey Classic, I took part in a details meeting.

What I mean by that is that discussion began in earnest about how exactly outdoor hockey games will take place at Camp Randall Stadium.

For the first time since the announcement of the Culver’s Camp Randall Hockey Classic, I took part in a details meeting.

What I mean by that is that discussion began in earnest about how exactly outdoor hockey games will take place at Camp Randall Stadium.

The biggest hurdle of putting together plans to actually install ice on the field still needs to be finalized, but that process is far along. Now the discussion of how to put on hockey games has begun.

For instance, where is Bob Look, the Wisconsin men’s hockey public address announcer going to sit during the game? Will he be next to the ice so he has direct contact with officials to get penalty information? Will he be up in the press box where Mike Mahnke sits for football games? That is just one of the many details that must be ironed out before the Badgers take the ice on Feb. 6.

The goal horn at the Kohl Center is installed inside the ceiling, so it will be staying at the Kohl Center for this event, but what would a hockey game be without some kind of horn alerting fans and players alike that the Badgers scored yet another goal? There is the possibility of using the old horns from the UW Fieldhouse that used to be part of the scoreboard before it was moved to the Kohl Center. Another possibility would be to get a recording of the horn at the Kohl Center to use through the speaker system. A back-up plan might include a simple air horn to at least let those on the ice know when a period ends. The final answer on this area is to be determined, like most of what was discussed.

Goal judges will be necessary, like for any other game. Along that line, goal lights must be set up, and most importantly, communication with the scoring box must be set up in case an official needs to talk about a goal.

Communication will be vital for the entire day. During a normal hockey game at the Kohl Center, the scoring table will have communication with the goal judges, replay officials and official scorers, as well as the UW marketing department. Communication systems already used for football games will lay the foundation, but adjustments will have to be made for the specific needs at these games.

Will coaches from the teams sit in the press box to get an overhead view like they do on normal game days? How will stats run to locker rooms between periods on a normal game get to locker rooms much further away? Who will be allowed on the field during the event to keep the view of the ice unobstructed for fans? How will postgame interviews be conducted? Where will scoreboard video and coaches video cameras set up? Where will the teams enter for the game? Can the scoreboard accommodate the listing of penalties and shots on goal? Can the game clock be tied to the penalty clocks so when the clock is started, both start simultaneously?

There are many things normally taken for granted at the Kohl Center that become a challenge when playing the game at the football stadium.

ON WISCONSIN