No. 4 Wisconsin (19-7-2, 14-6-2 WCHA) plays in its final nonconference game of the season with the Frozen Tundra Hockey Classic/U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game on Saturday, Feb. 11 against Ohio State (14-12-4, 10-10-2 CCHA). The game begins at 3 p.m. CT, outside at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.
The contest will be the second outdoor college hockey contest in recent memory, the other being the Cold War game on Oct. 6, 2001 between Michigan and Michigan State. That 3-3 tie had 74,554 fans at Spartan Stadium, with temperatures just above freezing and wind gusts up to nearly 30 miles per hour. The NHLs Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadians also staged an outdoor game on Nov. 22, 2003 at Edmontons Commonwealth Stadium in front of an NHL-record 57,167 people. Montreal won the Heritage Classic, 4-3, played in temperatures near -30 degrees with the wind chill
Among the festivities surrounding this weeks game will be the appearance of the Stanley Cup alongside the Green Bay Packers three Lombardi Trophies and a UW autograph session Friday from 5:30-6:15 p.m. in the Lambeau Field Atrium.
The current weather forecast for Saturday includes a high of 23 degrees and snow flurries.
The installation of the rink at Lambeau began Wednesday, Feb. 1 and can still be followed at packers.com .
Ticket sales have eclipsed 37,000 for the game, however tickets are still available.
Prices are as follows for the stadium bowl: $24 for adults, $16 for students (including college), $14 for children (under 12). Indoor and outdoor club seats are sold out.
Tickets can be purchased on the internet at www.packers.com; by phone through TicketStar at 920/494-3401 in Green Bay, or toll free, 800/895-0071, from any other location; or in person at TicketStar's Resch Center box office location, 1901 S. Oneida St., in Ashwaubenon.
FSN North is the exclusive television partner of the Frozen Tundra Hockey Classic and will offer television coverage of the outdoor college hockey game beginning with FSN Live at 2:30 p.m. FSN North's game telecast also will be seen live on FSN Ohio, Fox College Sports, and Leafs TV in Canada.
Calling the action for FSN North will be Badgers play-by-play announcer Paul Braun and analyst Tom Sagissor. FSN Live anchor/reporter Anthony LaPanta will handle rinkside interviews.