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Hockey at Camp Randall becoming a reality

The University of Michigan is expected to accept an offer from Wisconsin to play an outdoor hockey game at Camp Randall Stadium Feb. 6, 2009, according to the Ann Arbor News.

As reported here in January, Wisconsin is looking to bring in a world-record crowd to watch the Badgers and Wolverines square off in a hockey game. Camp Randall's capacity is 80,321. If the game sells out, it would easily top the current record crowd of 74,544 that watched Michigan and Michigan State play to a 3-3 tie at Spartan Stadium in 2001.

Wisconsin last played in an outdoor game in 2006, when it topped Ohio State 4-2 at Lambeau Stadium. 40,890 fans attended the game.

A formal contract has been drawn up and Michigan is expect to accept the offer. According to the report, the Wisconsin Athletic Department is also looking to include the UW women's team in the event. It also claims that tickets will only be $15.

A formal announcement from the UW athletic department could come in March.

From the archives: Our hockey guy, Eric the Cardinal, wrote this story back in January about the proposed outdoor hockey game at Camp Randall. Surprisingly, he's against it.