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Progressive Field To Make Hockey Debut, Host Ohio St. Vs. Michigan

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Billed as the Frozen Diamond Faceoff, the Ohio St. Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines men's college hockey teams will play each other at Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, on Jan. 15, 2012.

The game will mark the first time that Progressive Field hosts a hockey game, but continues a recent tradition of successful outdoor hockey games.

An outdoor hockey game has become an annual New Year's Day treat for NHL fans, and events such as the Cold War in East Lansing, Mich., the Big Chill at the Big House in Ann Arbor, Mich., and the Frozen Tundra Classic at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc., have brought the collegiate game out into the cold. The Frozen Diamond Faceoff will not only be the first hockey game in the history of Progressive Field but also the first outdoor college game in the state of Ohio.

"I've been a big fan of these outdoor games," Michigan coach Red Berenson said.

Tickets for the game go on sale on Nov. 14 at 10:00 a.m. ET with some starting as low as $5 each.

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