|Third Period Faceoff in Progressive Field (fka Jacobs Field)|
It was a great night for hockey, with game time temperatures in the high 20's and lots of sun. A vibrant crowd of about 20,000 was in attendance for the first outdoor hockey game in Ohio.
We got a chance to join the crew from Light the Lamp as they enjoyed the sunny weather, tailgating outside of the restaurant before coming in to join in the pregame festivities.
|Progressive Field was a really nice venue. This view down 3rd base line.|
|Progressive Field down the first base line, showing awesome seating.|
The debate at present is whether to have the game in Michigan Stadium, or in Comerica Park, the home of the Detroit Tigers. While the notion of packing 100,000 hockey fans into the Big House has to be an attraction to the NHL, most people would have a terrible view of the game. That's a big stadium, with no upper deck, and people in the upper reaches would have no chance of being able to follow the puck. On the other hand, a baseball stadium is more likely to be able to put more people close to the action, and well able to see the game. In that regard, I think the NHL would be better off to listen to the Wings owner, and put the game in Comerica Park. It has a chance of being a better game to watch for those who come to the game. Also, a packed Comerica Park would be better than having a partially filled 'Big House'.
|Script Ohio on Ice|
The experience gained in this event should help the young OSU squad down the road as the CCHA season comes to a close, and the road to the Frozen Four continues. Best of luck to them.
And of course, lest we forget what this blog is all about, GO JACKETS!!