Oct. 15, 2009
MADISON, Wis. -
The October planning meeting for the Culver's Camp Randall Hockey Classic/United States Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Game took place this past Monday, and as one would expect as the Feb. 6, 2010 games inches closer, progress continues on making the event a great experience for the student-athletes and fans.
As far as Camp Randall Stadium, a meeting between the UW Athletic Department and Findorff was scheduled for Tuesday morning to plan how the winterization of the stadium will take place. Findorff will be the company performing the duties, which mainly involve insulating pipes throughout the stadium to operate in the possibility of sub-freezing temperatures for the contest. The work for the project will take place between football games and then mostly after the home football season is completed.
A company has been selected to take care of installing the ice. Ice Rink Events, the same company that installed the ice at Lambeau Field for the 2006 Frozen Tundra Hockey Classic will do the same at Camp Randall Stadium. The company does rinks for movie sets, seasonal outdoor rinks across the country and special events like this game. The group will make a site visit in mid-November to take detailed measurements and draw up plans for the rink installation.
Since the last meeting, game times for the event were announced, including the women skating against Bemidji State at 2 p.m. and the men facing Michigan at 5 p.m. The men's game will be televised live by Big Ten Network.
In other areas surrounding the game, Associate Athletic Director for Business Operations John Jentz provided the planning group an update on the budget for the game. The marketing department and the W Club updated their plans that involve the special festivities that will surround the game. We very much look forward to announcing the plans, but are waiting until details are more finalized before making everyone aware of the happenings.
Parking for the event would presumably mimic that of a Badger football game, however with the possibility of winter conditions around Madison, there will be plenty of unique challenges. Along that line, the appropriate groups were to meet later on Monday with the appropriate groups regarding how parking will be handled for the event.
Another meeting set for this week was with people from the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Museum to go over some details, as far as some of the traditions that go along with hosting the annual game. Related to that, it was brought up that there will be a special souvenir game program done for the event that will have its own look from the rest of the 2009-10 hockey season programs.
Badger men's hockey opens its season this weekend with a Kohl Center series against Colorado College on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. While the coaches and players focus on the task at hand, many others in the department continue to look forward to what is to come.