Notre Dame Fighting Irish To Play Hockey At Soldier Field

CHICAGO IL - JANUARY 16: A general view of the exterior of Soldier Field before the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game between the Chicago Bears and the Seattle Seahawks on January 16 2011 in Chicago Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Notre Dame, Miami (Ohio), Wisconsin and Minnesota will all send their hockey teams to Chicago for a pair of outdoor games.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be playing at Soldier Field in 2013, but they won't be facing the Chicago Bears. According to Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears' home stadium will host the 2013 Hockey City Classic, in which the Irish, Miami (Ohio) RedHawks, Wisconsin Badgers and Minnesota Golden Gophers will square off in a pair of February games.

Notre Dame will face Miami while Minnesota takes on Wisconsin in the two-game set. The details of the event are still pending, but the Chicago-based sports and entertainment marketing firm Intersport, which has arranged the event, will host a press conference at Soldier Field on Wednesday, 2:00 p.m. CDT.

The Irish hockey team finished the 2011-12 NCAA season with a 19-18-3 record, with a 12-13-3 record within Central Collegiate Hockey Association conference.

For more news and updates on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, visit the Notre Dame blog On Foot Down. Or, to keep abreast of all matters pro-hockey related, visit SB Nation's hockey news hub.

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