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10-01-2012, 10:45 PM
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FYI, tickets are on sale. Bought two today.

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This is embarrassing. The ice is terrible and Soldier Field is maybe 30% full.

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Ice was bad on first game this afternoon (Miami-Notre Dame) at times.

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This is embarrassing. The ice is terrible and Soldier Field is maybe 30% full.
Announced attendance was 52000. No idea where they got that number from.

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Announced attendance was 52000. No idea where they got that number from.
At cbssports they said that was the two game combined attendance.


Also wasn't best day for attendance considering Hawks and Wolves played at home today

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At cbssports they said that was the two game combined attendance.


Also wasn't best day for attendance considering Hawks and Wolves played at home today
Chicago was on hockey overload today.

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Attendance was actually pretty good, despite how it looked. The stadium really filled up in the third period of the first game, when loads of Minnesota and Wisconsin fans showed up en masse. Also, there's a huge interior section with TVs and heating that thousands of people were at during the games, so I can definitely believe a combined attendance of 52,000 with 2nd game fans showing up late and 1st game fans deciding to leave early due to the cold.

All being said, thought it was a very well-done event, despite looking somewhat empty at the very beginning and the very end. Also didn't help that the 100 section was, by far, the least filled areas while the 200s, 300s, and 400s, especially on the west side, had lots of butts in the seats. Hope they host more in the future.

Also, got to meet a pretty cool dude.



EDIT: That being said, yeah.... definitely agree that the ice was subpar.


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It was unbelievable how bad the ice looked. Did they forget to paint it white? It looked blue and the lines were invisible.

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It was unbelievable how bad the ice looked. Did they forget to paint it white? It looked blue and the lines were invisible.
Looked to be a lot of snow.


http://www.collegehockeynews.com/new..._hockey_--.php
CHN article on day/event/games.

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Chicago was on hockey overload today.
Yeah that's true. Didn't really watch the first game but surprised there weren't more Notre Dame fans there. Badgers had a basketball game against Ohio State at noon which probably didn't help either.

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Yeah, that was a big surprise to me as well. Notre Dame definitely had the smallest crowd at the game, when I was expecting them to have the biggest contingent.

If I had to guess, I'd say that this was the turnout....

1) Minnesota
2) Miami
3) Wisconsin
4) Notre Dame

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I'm not a fan of the way they did the ticketing. Buying one ticket got you seats for both games, which sounds like a good deal. Although I don't think many people stayed for both, because of lack of interest in the opposite game, cold weather, or both. So unless I'm missing something, wouldn't that guarantee that the stadium would only be half full for each set of games? I would have rather had cheaper tickets for each game and then buy two sets if you're interested in both. Although I suppose it might be a bit optimistic to think they could have sold 100,000 tickets between the two games...

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Chi-town isnt really a great college hockey city, outside of the loose connection to Notre Dame.

Think these games (not necessarily with these teams) would go off better in cities like Boston, Detroit, or Minneapolis where the college game hits a bit closer to home.

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Chi-town isnt really a great college hockey city, outside of the loose connection to Notre Dame.

Think these games (not necessarily with these teams) would go off better in cities like Boston, Detroit, or Minneapolis where the college game hits a bit closer to home.
Agree with this as well. A Winter Classic at Soldier Field? That would be pretty awesome. College hockey with the closest campus being an hour and a half away? Ehh.

One of the great things about college sports are the fan bases. Putting on a hockey game where the fan base has to drive for at least a couple hours doesn't make much sense.

It's the same reason I don't like early season tournaments in college basketball. Nobody really cares about them and nobody wants to go to them.

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Looked to be a lot of snow.
Well it didn't snow here yesterday, so that's all from the ice.

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I'm not a fan of the way they did the ticketing. Buying one ticket got you seats for both games, which sounds like a good deal. Although I don't think many people stayed for both, because of lack of interest in the opposite game, cold weather, or both. So unless I'm missing something, wouldn't that guarantee that the stadium would only be half full for each set of games? I would have rather had cheaper tickets for each game and then buy two sets if you're interested in both. Although I suppose it might be a bit optimistic to think they could have sold 100,000 tickets between the two games...
That's how these events always work. Look at the NCAA Tournament or conference tournaments. They're always sold in 2 game sessions. Logistically, it'd be a nightmare for them to try to empty the stadium and then allow new fans to enter. You would need at minimum a 4 hour gap between games, IMO.

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There's no way it would take 4 hours to clear fans out and bring the new fans in.

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