Indians ready for another winter of Snow Days

Indians ready for another winter of Snow Days

CLEVELAND -- For the second straight offseason, Progressive Field will morph into a winter wonderland with the return of Indians Snow Days, a two-month-long event that will culminate with a college hockey game between Ohio State and Michigan.

From "Snopening Day" on Nov. 25, through Jan. 16, fans can partake in winter-themed activities that include snow tubing and ice skating.

On Jan. 15, the Buckeyes and Wolverines will battle in The Frozen Diamond Faceoff, the first hockey game in Progressive Field history and the first outdoor college hockey game in Ohio. The Central Collegiate Hockey Association rivals will square off on The Frozen Diamond, a regulation-sized ice rink situated on the infield that will be in use throughout Snow Days.

"An event at a venue like Progressive Field is great for both the institutions and the league as a whole," said CCHA Commissioner Fred Pletsch. "We're looking forward to coming to Cleveland this January to see a terrific rivalry showcased in a distinctive and memorable setting."

The Indians expect the hockey game to draw a capacity crowd at Progressive Field, which will seat close to the maximum of just more than 43,000 for the contest.

"You have avid fans from Michigan and Ohio State," Indians president Mark Shapiro said. "You have a rivalry that's meaningful. You also have a unique event that will draw some event-goers just to come in to the ballpark. It'll be the first time in the state of Ohio and be a very special atmosphere. So I think when you combine all those things, it's our hope that there aren't any seats open."

As for Snow Days events, the Batterhorn will return to the ballpark this year. The 10-lane snow tubing hill will stretch more than 200 feet from the Toyota Home Run Porch above the left-field stands down toward center field. The Frozen Mile, an ice-skating path, will outline most of the outfield. The Rookie Rink -- a more diminutive ice rink for beginning skaters -- will occupy space in left field.

Last year's Snow Days event drew more than 50,000 fans to Progressive Field.

"We are excited that the return of Indians Snow Days and the addition of the Frozen Diamond Faceoff will allow even more fans to create wintertime memories at Progressive Field," Shapiro said.

The park will be open to the public each weekend in the two-month timeframe, and every day between Dec. 16 and Jan. 2. Tickets to Indians Snow Days and The Frozen Diamond Faceoff will go on sale to the general public on Nov. 14.

Zack Meisel is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.