MINNEAPOLIS- On a warm September afternoon in the Upper Midwest, barriers on the TCF Bank Stadium turf showed where an ice rink would sit once the weather cooled down.
The University of Minnesota in conjunction with Intersport officially announced Tuesday (September 3, 2013) the 2014 Hockey City Classic will take place in Minneapolis on January 17, 2014.
The outdoor college hockey doubleheader will kick off with the two-time defending national champion Gopher women's hockey team taking on in-state rival Minnesota State at 4:30 p.m. CT. Afterwards, the Gopher men's hockey team hosts Ohio State under the lights at 8 p.m. in a Big Ten conference battle.
Officials from the University of Minnesota, men's and women's hockey teams, and Intersport were on hand for the press conference, which kicked off the first large outdoor game in the state of Minnesota.
All photos are from Nathan Wells with the exception of the TCF Bank Stadium rendering (which comes from Minnesota Athletics/Intersport).
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Nathan Wells is a college hockey reporter for SB Nation and College Hockey News. You can also follow him on Twitter -- Follow @gopherstate