Michigan State Hockey Expected to Play at Wrigley Field Next Season

Michigan State hockey is expected to be one of six teams to play at Wrigley Field next season.
Michigan State hockey coach Adam Nightingale hoists the Big Ten tournament championship trophy after the Spartans beat Michigan 5-4 in overtime in Saturday night's title game at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing.
Michigan State hockey coach Adam Nightingale hoists the Big Ten tournament championship trophy after the Spartans beat Michigan 5-4 in overtime in Saturday night's title game at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing. / Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal

Michigan State hockey will be playing a game outdoors in one of the most historic venues in all of sports next season.

Todd D. Milewski of the Wisconsin State Journal reported on Wednesday that discussions around a three-game event at Wrigley Field including Michigan State, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame and Penn State have been had. Milewski said the games will take place "likely in the first days of January 2025."

According to Graham Couch of the Lansing State Journal, Michigan State athletic director Alan Haller confirmed the report.

“Based on what I’ve been told by the conference, yes, it’s going to happen,” Haller said.

Michigan State hockey last played an outdoor game at Soldier Field in 2015 when it faced its arch-rival, Michigan.

The Spartans were the first college team to host an outdoor hockey game way back in 2001 when they welcomed the Wolverines to Spartan Stadium for "The Cold War," a game that, at the time, set a world record for the largest crowd at an ice hockey game with 74,544 people in attendance. The game ended in a 3-3 tie.

All Big Ten teams, with the exception of Minnesota, are expected to participate in the three-game event. The outdoor event is slated to take place shortly after the NHL's Winter Classic at the same venue on Dec. 31.

Michigan State hockey finished last season as the regular-season Big Ten championships and went on to win the Big Ten Tournament against the Wolverines in the title game. The Spartans would fall to Michigan in the NCAA Tournament.

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