Dec. 9, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Athletic Department has announced all of the events, activities and promotions taking place before, during and after the Big Chill at the Big House, taking place Saturday (Dec. 11) at 3 p.m.
The Big Chill at the Big House is the fifth outdoor game in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey, and the third outdoor contest involving the University of Michigan. Following the Cold War, U-M played in the Camp Randall Hockey Classic (55,031) on Feb. 6, 2010, where it lost 3-2 to the Badgers. In 2006, Wisconsin played Ohio State at Lambeau Field and in early 2010, Boston University played Boston College at Fenway Park.
In preparation for the Big Chill at the Big House, more than 25 college, high school and youth games were played at Michigan Stadium during the week leading up to the game. Ice Rink Events installed the Olympic-sized ice sheet, 200' x 100.' An NHL rink is 200' x 85.'
Television/Webcast: The game broadcast will be available throughout the world. On cable, fans may watch via Fox Sports Detroit (Michigan), the Big Ten Network (United States and Canada) and Leafs TV (Toronto, Ontario). The broadcast also will be available via the Internet at www.foxsportsdetroit.com (everywhere outside Michigan) and over the air on KFXF in Anchorage, Alaska.
Parking/Prohibited Items: The Big Chill at the Big House will be run like a football game in regards to parking and prohibited items at Michigan Stadium.
The following lots will be available for day of game/cash sales parking: Brown Lot (Varsity Tennis Center) -- $20; Red Lot (weather permitting) -- $20; Pioneer High School -- $20; Grey Lot (Yost Ice Arena, Outdoor Track) -- $20. Due to weather, there will be no parking available at the University of Michigan Golf Course and Ann Arbor Golf and Outing Club.
Commemorative Programs: Programs are available while supplies last and are priced at $12 through the mail, which includes shipping and handling. There is a limit of 10 programs per order. Programs will be sold at the game while supplies last for $10.
Commemorative Gear: The Wolverines will wear special adidas game jerseys, which incorporate an image of a Wolverine on the front and stripes on the shoulders. It is modeled after the sweater worn by the 1945-46, 1946-47 and 1947-48 teams. The 1948 team won the inaugural NCAA championship, the first of nine for U-M. Get your commemorative Big Chill at the Big House apparel at all M-Den locations.
Fan Fest at Pioneer Corner: The University of Michigan will host a Fan Fest at the Pioneer High School corner of Stadium Blvd. and Main St. There will be live entertainment and interactive games, which open at noon, as well as a pregame radio show that will be broadcast live at 1:30 p.m.
Victors Walk: Come cheer on the Wolverines as they make their way to Michigan Stadium. The Victors Walk will begin at approximately 1:20 p.m. in the Blue Lot near the U-M Public Safety building.
Flyover: Pre-game, there will be a B-2 stealth bomber fly-over following the playing of the national anthem.
Fireworks: The Wolverines will be greeted by a 30-second fireworks display from the south end zone when they take the ice prior to the start the game. Michigan goals will be punctuated by fireworks from both the north and south end zones. Following the game, a six-minute fireworks show, choreographed to music from the movie "The Big Chill," will be shot from the field and from the rooftops on the east and west towers of the stadium. ACE Pyro, LLC Company, based in nearby Manchester, Mich., will execute the show.
Guinness Book of Records for Highest Attendance for a Hockey Match: Michigan Stadium (capacity 109,901) is sold out for "The Big Chill at the Big House," which will smash the world record for the largest attendance at an ice hockey game. Nine years ago on Oct. 6, 2001, Michigan and Michigan State played to a 3-3 tie in "The Cold War" at Spartan Stadium before 74,544 fans to set the record. The current mark of 77,803 fans was set on May 7, 2010, at Veletins Arena, a domed soccer stadium in Germany, when USA played Germany in the 2010 IIHF World Championship. Representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records will be in Ann Arbor to certify the attendance at the game.
Ceremonial Puck Drop: The writers of the "The Big Chill," Lawrence Kasdan (U-M '70) and Barbara Benedek, will be taking part in pre-game ceremonial puck drop.
Video Presentations: There will be several videos shown throughout the game. A Red Berenson feature, focusing on his impact on the Michigan ice hockey program, will air during pregame festivities. The Big Chill video will pay homage to "The Big Chill" movie and will be played during the first intermission.
Top Moments in Michigan Hockey History: Fans have been asked to vote their top moments in Michigan ice hockey history via MGoBlue.com. Moments 10-6 will be revealed on MGoBlue.com and 5-1 will be revealed periodically throughout the game. [ Vote ]
U-M Ice Carving Team: The U-M Ice Carving Team will be supplying several carvings of the Big Chill at the Big House logo around the concourse at Michigan Stadium. They will have a live display located at the Fan Fest and 11 carvings located along downtown Main Street in Ann Arbor.
Arby's for a Year: During the first intermission, two fans will shoot out against each other with the winner receiving free Arby's for a year.
Shoot for a Buick Regal: During the second intermission, one fan will be selected to take a 90-foot shot through an opening on a board covering the goal to win a 2011 Buick Regal. Register at the Buick kiosk on the concourse to be eligible.
1,000,000th Fan Sponsored by Delta: The University of Michigan will reach a rare accomplishment by welcoming more than 1,000,000 fans into Michigan Stadium during the 2010 calendar year. To date, 902,776 fans have come through the gates of the Big House. The events used to calculate this attendance are the spring game, 2010 commencement, the seven home football games and the Big Chill at the Big House. One ceremonial fan will be selected as the 1,000,000th fan and receive two airline tickets from Delta, seat upgrade and prize pack.
Farthest Fan: Michigan would like to recognize the fans that travel the farthest to attend "The Big Chill at the Big House." Fans can enter the contest by sending a copy of their travel confirmation or a proof of residency as well as a copy of their ticket to "The Big Chill at the Big House" to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10. The winners will be notified Friday evening and the names of the 20 fans that travel the farthest will appear on the scoreboard in the third period of the hockey game at the Big House.
Main Street Events: Several downtown Main Street restaurants are taking part in "The Big Chill at the Big House" by offering specials after the game. There will be two live bands on Main Street providing entertainment following the game.
Open Skate on Sunday (Dec. 12): Fans can personally experience the Big House ice rink on Sunday (Dec. 12) during The Big Chill at the Big House open skate at Michigan Stadium. There will be eight 30-minute sessions beginning at 10:15 a.m. and ending at 3:35 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person, cash only, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at Gate A of Crisler Arena beginning at 8 a.m. that morning.
Media Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423