Cleveland Browns’ FirstEnergy Stadium is to stage its first-ever hockey game when it hosts rivals Ohio State and Michigan early next year.
The multi-purpose arena, which has been home to the National Football League (NFL) team since 1999, will host a match between Ohio State University’s Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines on February 18.
The inaugural hockey game is the latest non-football event scheduled at the 68,000-capacity arena, which recently hosted Monster Jam and Live Nation’s ‘The Stadium Tour’, headlined by Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard.
Owner Haslam Sports Group (HSG) said Cleveland Browns and Columbus Crew season ticket members will have priority access to “Faceoff on the Lake” tickets.
“Haslam Sports Group is dedicated to creating unique, memorable experiences for fans throughout the year, and we are excited to partner with the Ohio State University for Faceoff on the Lake, the first major outdoor hockey game at FirstEnergy Stadium,” said Eric Clouse, HSG’s chief commercial officer.
“It will be an incredible environment for both fans and community programs alike who are passionate about this unparalleled college rivalry. We anticipate this to be a truly special atmosphere.”
HSG and the Browns said they will share more details on other activations and opportunities to enjoy the on-field ice experience at a later date.
“We’re excited to partner with the Haslam Sports Group to provide this unique outdoor hockey game experience for our student-athletes,” said Shaun Richard, executive associate athletics director – sport administration at Ohio State.
“Playing hockey outdoors is something most hockey players did growing up, and now they’ll get to do that in an NFL stadium in front of tens-of-thousands of people, in the greatest rivalry in all of sports.”