Broncos to Play Miami Outdoors at Soldier Field
CHICAGO -- The Western Michigan hockey program has announced it will take part in the Coyote Logistics Hockey City Classic on Feb. 7, 2015 outdoors at Soldier Field against National Collegiate Hockey Conference Rivals Miami.
For the Broncos it is the third outdoor game in varsity program history after last season’s triumph at the Great Lakes Invitational at Comerica Park. The game against the RedHawks will be the first of a double-header played at the home of the Chicago Bears.
“It’s an important game first and foremost because it’s a conference game and points are on the line,” said head coach Andy Murray. “But to play at such a historic venue like Solider Field after the thrill of playing at Comerica Park last season, the team is really excited about it and we know our fans will come out in masses for the game.”
The inaugural Hockey City Classic – the first hockey games ever played at Soldier Field – attracted more than 52,000 fans in 2013. In addition, more than 100,000 people attended the 80 events that made up the Hockey City Classic Winter Festival, an 18-day celebration at Soldier Field. The 2015 Festival will include open and corporate skates, hockey clinics, exhibition matches and exclusive hospitality events.
For one Bronco, Mokena, Ill., native Nolan LaPorte, it is a chance to play in front of his hometown crowd.
“It’s an honor to get the opportunity to play in such a nice stadium, it is going to be so cool to be in my home town in front of so many friends and family members representing Western Michigan,” said LaPorte.
The game replaces Western Michigan’s home game against the Miami on Friday, Jan. 30. The two teams will still battle it out at Lawson Ice Arena on Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public in October. Fans also can follow the Coyote Logistics Hockey City Classic on Twitter @HkyCityClassic and on Facebook at facebook.com/HockeyCityClassic.