Soldier Field converted into ice rink for Hockey City Classic
While the Bears are on vacation, the team's home turf is being put to good use. Soldier Field has been converted into an ice hockey rink for the upcoming Office Max Hockey City Classic on February 17. The college double-header will feature Notre Dame vs. Miami (Ohio) and Minnesota vs. Wisconsin. The outdoor hockey matchups are the first to be held at the stadium.
Prior to gameday, people can hit the ice in two public skates on February 2 and February 18. One caveat: You'll have to cop at ticket from one of the eight participating Office Max locations. These open skates are presented in partnership with the Chicago Park District. Other highlights at the winter festival include youth clinics, high school matches and tonight's Skate with the Greats fund-raiser. Fans can go for a whirl or chat with Blackhawks greats including Bobby Hull, Tony Esposito, Reid Simpson and Brian Noonan. Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.