FirstEnergy Stadium set to host HS hockey ‘select’ district semis, both district finals in 2023 – The News-Herald

FirstEnergy Stadium set to host HS hockey ‘select’ district semis, both district finals in 2023 – The News-Herald

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High school hockey players in Greater Cleveland are used to heading to Kent State and Brooklyn with aspirations for the frozen four.
They’re getting a huge change of scenery this winter, though.
Haslam Sports Group announced in a release Oct. 11, in conjunction with events surrounding the “Faceoff on the Lake” between Ohio State and Michigan at FirstEnergy Stadium in February, the outdoor rink will also host advanced stages of the high school hockey state tournament.
Ohio State-Michigan hockey set for FirstEnergy Stadium in February
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According to the statement, FirstEnergy Stadium will host “select” sweet 16 games, which in the tournament structure are district semifinals, on Feb. 25 and 26.
“Four high school programs reaching the Elite 8 will play on Friday, March 3 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.,” the release noted.
The “Elite 8,” in this instance, would be the district finals traditionally staged at Kent State and Brooklyn.
“When discussing Faceoff on the Lake, we recognized there were multiple opportunities to engage sports teams and fans from all levels of competition, as well as our entire community,” Haslam Sports Group Chief Commercial Officer Eric Clouse said. “In addition to hosting high school, college and professional hockey games, we have created several weeks of programming that will provide ways for everyone in Northeast Ohio to enjoy the special atmosphere at FirstEnergy Stadium, including through community activations.”
That programming will include OSU-Michigan on Feb. 18, 2023, as well as a Monsters’ game against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on March 4, which is being dubbed the “Cleveland Monsters Outdoor Classic.” It will be the first outdoor pro hockey game staged in Cleveland. Both games are on Saturdays.
Haslam Sports Group also announced its intention to hold local hockey team practices, family and corporate gatherings and open skates while the rink is open at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Tickets for “Faceoff on the Lake” have already gone on sale via Ticketmaster, and tickets to the Monsters’ game will go on sale to the public Oct. 12 by visiting clevelandmonsters.com/outdoorclassic.
Information for other ticketed events, including the high school games, and reserving rink time will be announced at a later date.
The last time high school teams played downtown and outdoors was in 2012 at Progressive Field, also in conjunction with an OSU-Michigan clash.
This will mark the first time since the inception of a high school state tournament in Ohio in 1978 that a district final will not be staged at Brooklyn. Brooklyn hosted all Cleveland teams for district competition until 2003, when the Kent District was established in addition.
Brooklyn hosted both districts in 2021 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic and with Kent’s rink closed in turn.
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