Outdoor Hockey Experiment at TCF Stadium

Updated: 01/12/2014 4:49 PM
Created: 01/11/2014 3:04 PM
By: Beth McDonough

One of the biggest hockey events of the year took place in Minneapolis on Saturday.

For the first time, high school hockey games were played outside. While the conditions of the ice and rink resemble an indoor arena, it felt more like pond hockey. But without the frozen water.

The tournament was the warm-up event for the College Hockey Winter Classic at TCF Bank Stadium. Temperatures on Saturday hovered around a warm 30 degrees, even though earlier this week schools were closed across the state due to the brutal cold.

The event was essentially a test run of TCF Stadium, which is poised to host several important outdoor events. The high school hockey tournament will lead up to a college double-header and then, the Vikings' 2014-15 season.

Some are curious to see Minnesota make a play to host an NHL Stadium series one day. This year's game will take place in Jan. 25 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

High school teams faced-off in a total of five games by the end of the day on Saturday.

Minneapolis/St. Paul

37° | 36°
  • Feels like: 30° F
  • Wind: SSE 6mph
  • Humidity: 96%
  • Sun Occasional showers possible
    44° | 25°
  • Mon Windy with morning snow showers
    25° | 7°
  • Tue More sun than clouds
    24° | 12°
  • Wed Snow showers early
    20° | 6°