And it's a perfect time for NBC to trot out its promos.
I was luckily enough to attend one of these outdoor hockey games while on a college visit in 2001. Michigan State and Michigan skated to a 3-3 tie before 75,544 rabid fans at Spartan Stadium.
Suffice to say, it was pretty awesome.
Those lucky enough to have tickets for the game on New Year's Day are in for a treat.