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

28° | 25°
  • Feels like: 18° F
  • Wind: SE 9mph
  • Humidity: 81%
  • Sat Cloudy
    33° | 26°
  • Sun Morning snow showers
    34° | 26°
  • Mon Mix of rain and snow
    34° | 27°
  • Tue Snow showers possible
    31° | 18°