Ohio State, Michigan will play an outdoor hockey game at FirstEnergy Stadium

This February, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse won’t be the only place to catch a hockey game in Cleveland.

The Ohio State and Michigan ice hockey teams will meet in “Faceoff on the Lake” on February 18, 2023 at FirstEnergy Stadium, the Haslam Sports Group (HSG), Cleveland Browns and Ohio State have announced. .

This will be the first hockey game on the site. Both programs played an outdoor game at Progressive Field in 2012.

“Haslam Sports Group is dedicated to creating unique and memorable fan experiences year-round, and we are thrilled to partner with Ohio State University for Faceoff on the Lake,” said Eric Clouse, Director HSG’s sales representative, in a press release. “It will be an incredible environment for fans and community programs passionate about this unprecedented college rivalry. We anticipate it will be a truly special atmosphere.”

Cleveland Browns and Columbus Crew subscribers, as well as Browns waitlist members and select bands, will have early access to tickets at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 29. Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 29. seven.

“We are thrilled to partner with Haslam Sports Group to bring this unique outdoor hockey gaming experience to our student-athletes,” said Shaun Richard, Deputy Executive Director of Athletics – Athletics Administration, at Ohio State. . “Playing hockey outdoors is something most hockey players did growing up, and now they will be able to do it in an NFL stadium in front of tens of thousands of people, in the biggest rivalry of all. the sports.”

The Michigan hockey team went 3-1 against OSU last season and holds an 84-47-14 series lead.

“This is a great opportunity for our program,” said Steve Rohlik, entering his 10th year as Buckeyes head coach. “We’re thrilled to have the chance to play in an away rivalry game at the Browns’ home. It’s an experience that will create memories for a lifetime.”

HSG hosted several non-soccer events at FirstEnergy Stadium in 2022, including Monster Jam (July 2), Live Nation’s “The Stadium Tour” featuring Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard (July 14), and Machine Gun Kelly. (August 13) and the “TopGolf Live Stadium Tour” (July 28-31).

Catherine J. Martinez