The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team has officially committed to play in another outdoor game.
UW Athletic Department officials have signed a contract with InterSport, an event promotion company based in Illinois that’s putting together a regional college hockey doubleheader on Feb. 17, 2013, at Soldier Field in Chicago.
The Badgers will face Western Collegiate Hockey Association rival Minnesota, while Central Collegiate Hockey Association members Miami (Ohio) and Notre Dame are in line to play in the other game.
The UW-Minnesota game will be part of a regularly scheduled WCHA series hosted by the Badgers. The opener will be played Friday, Feb. 15, at the Kohl Center in Madison, with the second game moving outdoors and 150 miles away on Sunday.
The third outdoor game in modern program history — the Badgers played Ohio State at Lambeau Field in Green Bay in 2006 and Michigan at Camp Randall Stadium in 2010 — is part of a 38-game regular-season schedule for 2012-13 that’s expected to be approved by the UW Athletic Board next month.
Drew Russell, the associate vice president at InterSport, said Wednesday “we’ve made progress with some of our partners,” but declined to confirm which schools had signed their contracts.
“We’re making progress,” he said.
By agreeing to move one of its home games, UW is expected to receive between $200,000 and $250,000, which is a typical gate at the Kohl Center.
Mike Cerniglia, an assistant to UW athletic director Barry Alvarez, confirmed a contract had been forwarded and said “the venue will provide a great stage” for a landmark meeting between the Badgers and Gophers.
The outdoor game will be the Border Battle rivals' last regular-season game as members of the WCHA, an arrangement that dates to 1969.
UW, which has won six NCAA titles, and Minnesota, which has five, will move to the newly created Big Ten Conference affiliation starting in 2013-14.