Auburn Hockey will play the outdoor series against Georgia in Athens
So, in the most recent edition of The Auburn Hockey Report, I ended with my typical “that’s all for this week.” I may or may not have lied about it. The little news that has been silently publicized in these columns for almost a month is finally published today: the Auburn Tigers will play two outdoor games against the Georgia Bulldogs February 24 and 25, 2022.
We’ve been teasing some big news for a while, so we won’t keep you waiting any longer. Your Auburn Tigers will take on the UGA Ice Dawgs in a two-game outdoor series played in Athens, Georgia. pic.twitter.com/EAnsUn2DWI
— Auburn Ice Hockey (@AuburnHockey) January 15, 2022
For Auburn fans around the world, this is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Hockey is already a spectacle that most University DI athletics fans rarely witness, but seeing a game outdoors is something exceptionally special. Outdoor rinks simply don’t exist in the South; Even the NHL Winter Classic and Stadium Series took about a decade to venture under the Mason-Dixon line to market the magic of ice hockey played outdoors.
While the foundry pavilion in Athens comes nowhere near the magnificence of playing a game, for example, the cotton bowl Where our Lady Stadium is still a special place and steeped in history, being one of the only consistently operated outdoor rinks in the Southeast. Seeing two hated rivals face off in such a place is the epitome of SECHC hockey not to be missed. It helps that these are Auburn’s last two games before the start of the SECHC tournament; defeating Georgia could cement the Tigers as the top seed.
This game is intended to be an annual event between the two programs, with unique jersey designs and merchandise set for limited sale periods each season. This is a set of links to help improve the visibility of schools and their players in the eyes of the greater hockey community. Hopefully it will be the success its benefactors envision.
Tickets are now on sale via The Classic Center, the venue hosting the event. There’s plenty more news coming to this game, so stay tuned to College & Magnolia and social media for what’s next.