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1 2 3 OT Total
Michigan State 0 0 0 {{{visitor_OT}}} 0
Michigan 2 1 2 {{{home_OT}}} 5
Date December 11, 2010
Arena Michigan Stadium
City Ann Arbor, MI
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Attendance 113,411

The Big Chill at the Big House was a college ice hockey game played on December 11, 2010 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The game, which pitted Michigan with long-time rival Michigan State University, was held at Michigan Stadium (also known as "The Big House"), which normally hosts the Michigan football team and has an official capacity of 109,901.

With over 100,000 tickets sold when Michigan stopped sales to the general public on May 6, 2010,[1] the rematch broke the past record of 77,803, set in the opening game of the 2010 IIHF World Championship at Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.[2] "The Big Chill" was confirmed by the Michigan Daily on March 5, 2009,[3] but the two schools did not officially announce the game until January 28, 2010.[4]

The rink was centered in the stadium's playing field so that the red line (center ice) was directly on top of the 50-yard line.[4].


Big Chill game program

Previous Michigan outdoor gamesEdit

The Wolverines have played two previous outdoor games in their history, both away from home.

Cold WarEdit

Main article: Cold War (ice hockey)

The Cold War was held on Saturday, October 6, 2001 between Michigan and Michigan State, held at Michigan State's football venue of Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, which resulted in a 3–3 tie in front of a crowd of 74,544.[5] The match was so successful, it led to the creation of the Heritage Classic, the Winter Classic, and numerous outdoor college hockey games.

Culver's Camp Randall Hockey ClassicEdit

On February 6, 2010, Michigan played another hockey rival, the University of Wisconsin, at the Badgers' football home of Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.[6] In an event billed as the Culver's Camp Randall Hockey Classic, Wisconsin won, 3–2, in front of 55,301 fans. Game time temperature was 21 degrees F.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. University of Michigan Athletic Department (May 6, 2010). Ticket Freeze for The Big Chill at the Big House Presented by Arby's. Press release.
  2. "Historic win for Germany", International Ice Hockey Federation, May 5, 2010. Retrieved on July 25, 2010. 
  3. Reid, Andy (March 4, 2009). "The Cold War II?". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved 2009-04-03.
  4. 4.0 4.1 University of Michigan Athletic Department (January 28, 2010). Wolverines Will Host Spartans in Big Chill at the Big House on Dec. 11. Press release.
  5. Latham, Krista. "Game shatters records, players’ expectations". The State News. October 8, 2001.
  6. University of Michigan. 2009-2010 Hockey Schedule.
  7., Feb. 6, 2010
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