Ohio State and Michigan face off outdoors

Ohio State and Michigan face off outdoors

Published Jan. 15, 2012 6:12 p.m. ET

Michigan and Ohio State have dropped the puck above a baseball diamond.

With the rivals' fans sitting side-by-side in Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, the Wolverines and Buckeyes are playing the first outdoor college hockey game in Ohio. A crowd of 30,000 is expected for the Frozen Diamond Faceoff, a unique event Indians president Mark Shapiro says could happen again.

Once it's over, Shapiro said the Indians will evaluate the event and decide whether to hold it again next year.

Shapiro arrived at the downtown ballpark more than five hours before the start and was greeted by hundreds of fans tailgating like it was a Saturday during college football season.


Ohio State, which came in ranked No. 2, is trying to avenge a 4-0 loss to the Wolverines on Friday in Columbus.