Michigan Stadium is the largest stadium in the U.S., with a capacity of 109,901. This year, the football team set a record with 113,090 people watching Michigan and Connecticut in football. With almost all the tickets sold for the Big Chill, this is expected to break the record for a hockey crowd.
The Big Chill featured a ticket freeze in May. After 100,000 tickets were sold, the remaining tickets were held for incoming freshmen.
Michigan will host Michigan State this Saturday. Michigan will wear special jerseys for the game, similar to the teams in the 1940's.
During the week prior to the game, more than 25 college, high school, and youth hockey games will occur in Michigan Stadium. There will also be a public skate on December 12.
To see the skating schedule, a live web cast of the rink, and other great features, visit http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/ihm-bigchill-2010.html
Michigan and Michigan State have both been struggling this season. While ranked 12th in the country, Michigan has only compiled a 9-5-4 record, splitting their last two games against Ohio State.
Michigan State is 6-8-3 overall, splitting their last two games against Ferris State.
Even if both teams are the worst in the country, this will be a good matchup, as it always is when these teams play each other.
Michigan will hopefully play better than their defensive football counterparts. The trend throughout the outdoor college hockey games is to give the home team a slight advantage in the power play department.
This will hopefully favor Michigan as they convert on over 15 percent of their power plays and Michigan State is giving up a goal on over 17 percent of their penalty kills.
Either way, Michigan should win this game, but you never know in a rivalry game with over 100,000 screaming fans.
Michigan is 5-2-1 at home and calls Yost "the best place to play." Many opponents call Yost the toughest and loudest place to play. Hopefully, those fans will come out in force to the Big Chill.