Gophers athletic director wants outdoor hockey game at TCF Bank Stadium
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The outdoor hockey game the Gophers men's team will play in on Feb. 17 against Wisconsin at Soldier Field in Chicago might not be its last and, if Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague has anything to do with it, the next one will be at TCF Bank Stadium.
Teague said on his radio show on 1500 ESPN on Monday night that the university is researching having an outdoor game and that it wouldn't necessarily have to be tied to having the Wild play in the NHL's Winter Classic at the same time.
"It does not look like there are a lot of obstacles in the way of doing that," Teague said. "Hopefully, it will happen soon. We should do it, there's no reason not to. ... I'd like to do it next year, but we're kind of set with the (Gophers) schedule. Maybe in two years."
As far as having the Wild on board, that might be a bit more difficult for a few reasons. The NHL would have to award a Winter Classic to Minnesota - this season's Classic was canceled due to the NHL lockout, meaning Ann Arbor, Mich., almost certainly will get the game in 2013-14 - and the Twins also would like to bid on hosting the game at Target Field.
"We seat around 50,000 so I hope the Wild would look at (TCF Bank Stadium)," Teague said. "We'd love to have them. A doubleheader would be great. But if it's just us, that's fine. We need to get the process in place and kind of practice it before we go bigger but maybe we go big right away."