(Ed. Note: Puck Daddy correspondent Ty May went down to Solider Field in Chicago on Wednesday to learn a thing or two about the Hockey City Classic in Chicago next February.)
By Ty May
The first hockey games played at Soldier Field will be held on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 (aka Presidents Day Weekend). The Minnesota Golden Gophers will battle the Wisconsin Badgers and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will face the Miami Redhawks.
The rink will be up for a two-week period — the Hockey City Classic Winter Festival — culminating with the four universities playing on the grand stage. Youth hockey teams and any hockey fans in Chicago will have the opportunity to skate on the ice. Many youth programs and free skates will be hosted.
Chicago-based sports and entertainment marketing agency Intersport created the event. Drew Russell from InterSport said:
"As Chicagoans, we take great pride in the fact that we live in one of America's best sports towns. From baseball to football, basketball to soccer, and auto racing to golf, sports are in our DNA. The city's passion for one sport (hockey) continues to grow. Whether it's the Blackhawks or the Wolves, the Steel, or USA hockey, Chicago is home to 2 million avid hockey fans.
"In addition there are more Chicagoland youths and adults playing organized hockey here in the city then ever before. There is no doubt about it, the Windy City is actually the Hockey City."
Here are some of the sights from the Solider Field hockey announcement: