Hockey Classic Construction Starts With Grandstand

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Construction crews began preparing Lambeau Field for the Feb. 11 Frozen Tundra Hockey Classic by putting up a grandstand on Wednesday.

"We're very excited to get things going today," Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer John Jones said. "It feels great to have an event in the middle of winter that will bring people to Lambeau."

The grandstand situated in the south end zone serves as the first step in a 10-day process to ready the stadium for the match between Wisconsin and Ohio State. That stand will provide up-close seating.

The next step, the laying of plywood on which the ice rink will sit, will occur on Wednesday morning. That plywood will protect the field sod. Construction crews will install a cooling system, allowing the ice to remain frozen, on top of the plywood. The first layer of ice will be 1 1/2 inches thick, and a second layer of ice will be 2 1/2 inches thick.

More than 35,000 tickets have been sold for the 3 p.m. Frozen Tundra Hockey Classic featuring two collegiate powers.

"It's going be a rockin' house," Jones said, "We're really looking forward to it."

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