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Notre Dame Stadium could host hockey game

An overall view of a game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Miami Redhawks during their NCAA mens' Hockey City Classic hockey game at Soldier Field in Chicago AP

Perhaps buoyed by the success of outdoor hockey games played at venues like The Big House and Fenway Park, Notre Dame could try its hand at hosting the stick-and-puck sport in the shadows of Touchdown Jesus.

After watching his Irish hockey team come away with an outdoor win over Miami of Ohio at Soldier Field in Chicago Sunday (pictured), ND athletic director Jack Swarbrick acknowledged that there have been discussions on bringing a hockey game to Notre Dame Stadium.  While no such game will be feasible for the foreseeable future, it appears that hockey at the historic football stadium is a matter of when and not if.

“I think there will be a time and place to do this at Notre Dame Stadium,” Swarbrick said according to the Chicago Tribune. “It’s not imminent. It’s nothing soon. But doing this once a year is great for the kids. …

“I had talked to the guys at Fenway (Park) about their experience with the Winter Classic – it’s big. It’s a major undertaking. As I say, there’s nothing even remotely planned. But I just think somewhere down the road it’ll make sense for us.”

Dubbed “The Big Chill in the Big House,” the 2010 hockey game featuring Michigan and Michigan State at massive Michigan Stadium was a resounding success.  The official attendance for the mid-December game was over 113,000 — nearly 4,000 over the stadium’s official capacity — setting a world record for a hockey game.

With an official capacity of 80,795, a hockey game at Notre Dame Stadium couldn’t match the record attendance figure set at the Big House, but it would have the potential be an additional financial windfall for an athletic department whose bottom line is not exactly hurting.

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9 Responses to “Notre Dame Stadium could host hockey game”
  1. harvupdyke says: Feb 17, 2013 8:00 PM

    Who is Rudy gonna play? Do the service academies have hockey teams?

    Roll dam tide.

  2. jimbo75025 says: Feb 17, 2013 8:03 PM

    Oh well, perhaps they are just looking for a sport where they could beat Alabama? Not much ice down South.

  3. Tim's Neighbor says: Feb 17, 2013 8:22 PM

    SEC homers never disappoint in matters of expectations.

  4. irishdodger says: Feb 17, 2013 8:56 PM

    Saban > Bear

  5. thegamecocker says: Feb 17, 2013 9:23 PM

    Will Mamti TE’O and the near Mrs. Be attending? Swear brick is a joke!

  6. seanb20124 says: Feb 18, 2013 7:23 AM

    Is college hockey in Indiana really that popular to fill the place ?

  7. goirishgo says: Feb 18, 2013 7:50 AM

    Great idea. Go Irish!

  8. lovinthatsomanyhateonnd says: Feb 18, 2013 6:55 PM

    gamecocker, only joke here i see is your pathetic comment.
    Harvey, not sure who he would play…the deer antler salesman??

  9. thegamecocker says: Feb 18, 2013 7:36 PM

    @lovinthatsomanyhateonnd

    Who will answer for Declan and Lizzie? Will it be Jack Swarbrick? Will it be your esteemed President? Will it be your Head Coach? Will it be the ghost of Manti Te’os’ ficticious girlfriend? ND is no better than anyone else although they think they are….in the end the truth always surfaces….ND’s schedule came back to haunt them because when they finally went against a true Top 10 team, they choked as so many had predicted. Instead of insulting me, why not look in the ND mirror and tell us what you see? Most of the nations college football pundits see a fake, phony, fraud. But tell us….who will answer for those that are no longer able to fight because they are deceased……that is more important than your useless 12-1 record…..a woman committed suicide because no one at ND believed her, that she was assaulted and made out to be a harlot; a young man dies because it was more important to obtain film from a practice rather than take precaution and not go high-up…..and you call me “PATHETIC”?

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