Anders Lee can't wait to play outdoors at Soldier Field
Notre Dame will play Miami twice at Soldier Field in the span of four months. On Oct. 6, the football squad will play Miami (Fla.) in the annual off-site 'home' game at the historic Chicago location.
Anticipation is high as the two storied programs rekindle a rivalry born in the '80s during the Jimmy Johnson and Lou Holtz eras.
Several months after that game, on Feb. 17, Notre Dame will again meet Miami at Soldier Field with a slight twist. It will be the Irish hockey squad against CCHA conference rival Miami (OH) in the program's first outdoor hockey game.
That game is part of the Hockey City Classic, pitting the Irish against Miami (OH) and Minnesota against Wisconsin at the culmination of two weeks of outdoor activities and events at Soldier Field. A possibility remains that one or more of the teams in the event will don throwback uniforms, but it is still too early to tell.
Nonetheless, officials have high expectations for the event given the strong contingent of Notre Dame alums in Chicago. Wisconsin and Miami (OH) are also well-represented in the city.
For reaction from Irish head coach Jeff Jackson and center Anders Lee watch this (lengthy) video.
For the official game announcement and interviews with Chicago native defenseman Sam Calabrese, watch this video.
Even though Notre Dame has hosted an event before in the Chicago area (Shillelagh Tournament at the Sears Centre), the excitement around this contest will not be easily replicated. It will certainly be a game that players, coaches, and fans talk about for years.