The University of Notre Dame and the University of Wisconsin Men's Hockey teams will host the second game of their January series in Chicago on January 21, 2018 at the iconic United Center arena. The game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. CST and will air on NBCSN. This is part of a two-year game series deal where the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Wisconsin Badgers each play their home game matchup on neutral ground in Chicago.
"Bringing marquee hockey games to the United Center is something the Chicago Blackhawks are passionate about and that is emphasized by hosting the University of Notre Dame and the University of Wisconsin," said John McDonough, Chicago Blackhawks President & CEO. "This series is meaningful not only to the local alumni, but also hockey fans in Chicago who want to witness the future of the game."
The University of Wisconsin will arrive on Madison Street for their first game played in the arena, while the University of Notre Dame head back to the United Center after hosting and playing in the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship semifinals in April of this year.
"We're excited to be returning to the United Center," said University of Notre Dame Head Coach Jeff Jackson. "Providing our team with the chance to compete in an NHL building is always a great experience and one that can prepare us for future games. Continuing to build on our relationships with the Chicago Blackhawks and United Center, while also playing where so many of our great fans and alumni live, make it an even more worthwhile trip."
University of Wisconsin Head Coach Tony Granato echoed the excitement of bringing arena experiences to his roster of athletes. "We had the pleasure of practicing at the United Center, and playing at Madison Square Garden and Joe Louis Arena last season, so we are looking forward to another game at an NHL arena again," Granato said. "When we get to play at special places like these, it gives our players and fans great experiences and a taste of what they will see at Frozen Fours. It also gives our players a chance to feel what it is like to play at the next level."
Visiting fans will be able to experience upgrades the United Center is making to evolve from an arena to a state-of-the-art campus, including new restaurants, exclusive VIP clubs and updated amenities with the goal of taking the fan experience to another level. Included in that expansion, the MB Ice Arena - Chicago Blackhawks Community Rink, which is set to open in December 2017, will provide a 25,000 square-foot location, two blocks south of the United Center, with two NHL regulation-size ice rinks and spectator seating to serve as a practice venue for the two visiting teams.
"The United Center is a one-of-a-kind atmosphere and we're continuously enhancing the facility," said Terry Savarise, Senior Vice President of Operations, United Center. "Greater technology and amenities help create premium experiences for the thousands of visiting fans and countless events hosted here each year."
Presale tickets for the January 21, 2018 game will be available to University of Notre Dame and University of Wisconsin season ticketholders from 10 a.m. CST to 10 p.m. CST on Thursday, November 16.
General admission tickets for the January 21, 2018 game are available starting at 10 a.m. CST on Friday, November 17 and can be purchased online at unitedcenter.com, in person at the United Center Box Office or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.
Tickets for the matchup in 2019 will go on sale next year.