One year from now — it will be another Winterfest

Andi Roman

One year from now the thrills and excitement of hockey being played outdoors will return to the Glass City, during Winterfest 2020, presented by ProMedica.
The 18-day community-wide event at Fifth Third Field will be a celebration of hockey and all things winter happening in the Toledo area.
Winterfest 2020 runs from December 17, 2020 through January 3, 2021. Festivities will include:
• Two outdoor Toledo Walleye games on December 26 and December 31
• Toledo hockey alumni game on December 30
• College, high school and youth outdoor hockey games
• Public open skate sessions and more
        The Walleye will once again partner with Bowling Green State University to present an outdoor Division I college hockey game during Winterfest 2020.
        The Falcons will play their second outdoor hockey game in school history against RIT on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 6 p.m. under the lights at Fifth Third Field. BGSU played an outdoor game at the inaugural Winterfest event in 2014, a game that ended in a 2-2 tie against Robert Morris University.
        "We are excited to once again partner with the Toledo Walleye for the second outdoor game in our program's history," said BGSU Director of Athletics Bob Moosbrugger. “Coach Ty Eigner has continued to build upon the storied tradition of BGSU Hockey and we are excited to showcase that tradition in this unique way."
        The first "modern-era" collegiate outdoor hockey game was played on Oct. 6, 2001 when Michigan State and Michigan played in Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan. By the end of the 2018-19 season, there were 36 collegiate men's hockey games played outdoors.
        "It's a natural fit to have Bowling Green return to Fifth Third Field to be part of Winterfest 2020 and we're excited to welcome RIT," said Toledo Walleye General Manager Neil Neukam. "This will be a premiere college matchup. Our fans keep a close eye on the nationally ranked BGSU program knowing players may one day wear a Walleye sweater."
        This season both BGSU and RIT have local ties with Tyler Spezia (BGSU) and Abbott Girduckis (RIT) playing for Toledo.
More than 8,200 tickets have already been reserved for the two Walleye games during Winterfest 2020, more than 80 youth teams have been booked for the Winterfest Youth Hockey Tournament, and less than 50 ice time slots remain.
Winterfest 2020 ticket packages are on sale now. Winterfest 2020 Field Level Packages are $90 each and include a Field Level ticket to the December 26 and December 31 Walleye games, the Toledo Hockey Alumni Game and a Commemorative Winterfest Blanket.
Winterfest 2020 Club Level Packages are $110 each and include a Club Level ticket to the December 26 and December 31 Walleye games, the Toledo Hockey Alumni Game, indoor access to the Club Level facilities, and a Commemorative Winterfest Blanket.
Single game ticket opportunities for the December 26 and December 31 Walleye games include an All-You-Can-Eat Seats at $60 for adults and $48 for children 12 and under, which includes seats in the Roost and indoor access to an all-you-can-eat menu.
For Winterfest ticket packages, call 419-725-9255 or order online at Tickets will be available at either Toledo Mud Hens or Toledo Walleye box office location. Toledo Walleye FINatics and BGSU hockey season ticket holders will receive BGSU/RIT Winterfest tickets as part of their 2020-21 season ticket packages. (— Andi Roman/Toledo Walleye)


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