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Daryl Reaugh says Winter Classic will come to Cowboys Stadium “in the next three years”

Apr 20, 2013, 9:52 AM EDT

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Next season when we’re awash in six different outdoor games starting with the Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium, it’ll give hope to other places that they’ll soon have one of their own. One such place is Dallas.

Stars color analyst Daryl Reaugh tells the Dallas Morning News he believes with certainty the annual New Year’s Day game will happen in Dallas and at Cowboys Stadium no less.

“Mark my words today. There will be a game at Cowboys Stadium. There will be a game there,” Reaugh says. “I would say in the next three years there will be a game at Cowboys Stadium.”

You have to believe Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would be all about hosting an event that could draw well over 100,000 at his gigantic new stadium. The supersized video board over the field area would help those further away to see the game.

The catch here for a Winter Classic? The Stars have to be a team you’ll go out of your way to want to see. They’re not that kind of team right now. Three years down the road, like Reaugh says, we’ll see where they’re at.

There’s also the pesky Cotton Bowl which takes place around New Year’s Day at Cowboys Stadium as well. It’s tough to see college football getting bumped for hockey in Texas.

  1. theolgoaler - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Everybody wants an outdoor game; the Blues (Busch Stadium), the Wild (U of Minnesota has an outdoor facility), heck, the Predators could play one at the Titans’ stadium! After playing a game in Dodgers Stadium, anything’s possible…

    • chuchie414 - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      If the Predators ever got an outdoor game (unlikely) it should be played at Bristol Motor Speedway. I know I’ll get blasted for that but I don’t care. It would be so cool the place is shaped like a giant rink with no roof. Thought of that years ago & I think it would be different a great.

  2. mclovinhockey - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Winter classic was one of the VERY few things that has been positive with the very bettman era.

    Jan 1st was something all hockey fans looked forward to. Then he screwed it up by giving teams a 2nd appearance before others got a 1st, then he gave one on Jan 2nd, finally he handled the lockout like an armature and we got screwed out of having a classic this year… Now he just is giving everyone out door games.

    They cost so much to do in cold weather areas that they barley get to make a profit with it being a thing all fans want to see. Now no ones going to give two cares about these things and the league is going to lose more money. I highly doubt a game for the stars Vs coyotes will sell out and it will cost a lot more to make happen then a game up north.

    • trom09 - Apr 20, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      Stars vs Coyotes?? They won’t be in the same division anymore after this season. How about an original 6 team like the Hawks and the Stars? And they’ll be rivals since realignment is about to happen.

    • stakex - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      Your post makes little sense:

      1. The NHL has been growing quite a bit the last few years actually. I don’t like Bettman, but he hockey has never been stronger. So while the WC was probably the most positive thing under Bettman’s watch, its the one of the “VERY few” positives.

      2. Screws it up by giving teams a second appearance? Actually, what they are doing is picking teams that people actually care to watch. Its not about fairness, its about easy marketing. Thats them doing whats right from a business perspective.

      3. The players didn’t exactlly handle the lockout great either… but lets not fight that war again, shall we?

      4. Who said the games cost more to do in cold weather areas? Pretty sure you pulled that one out of thin air. In fact, the WC’s have been huge winfalls for the NHL over the last few years… which is why they want to do more.

      5. Who said anything about Stars vs Coyotes? There probably won’t be a Coyotes if/when Dallas gets an outdoor game…. and the NHL would never put two limited market teams together for their showpiece game.

  3. billsboy88 - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Will they really be able to keep an ice rink cold enough in Dallas? Isn’t the classic supposed to be an outdoor game? Wouldn’t seeing a game there be very similar to playing in a really big hockey arena? Does anyone think of Dallas when they think of winter cities? Am I the only one that thinks this is a terrible idea?

    • stakex - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      In 1991 the NHL hosted an outdoor game between the Rangers and Kings in Las Vegas. The temp at puck drop was 85 degrees, and actually hit 95 at times during the game, and the ice was fine.

      The catch is that the game has to be at night, and the ice would need to remain covered until the sun goes down. The refrigeration units can keep it hard pretty much no matter how warm it is, but not with the sun on it.

      Now I agree that a Winter Classic in Dallas is a terrible idea… but it could be done.

      • uscthom78 - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:06 PM

        Add to your point, not to be captain obvious, but I am sure technology to keep ice cold probably has improved significantly in the last 20 years.

  4. nicknyhc - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    This is stupid. Texans don’t care about hockey and it would be a waste of a Winter Classic. I don’t care if I sound biased, keep the Classic in Canada and the Northeast.

  5. holubphoto - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    As a stars fan, I’d certainly be there if it happened, but I’m not sure how I feel about it as a winter classic game. First, cowboys stadium is hardly an outdoor venue. If the goal is to play stadium games for mega crowds, cowboys stadium is a jackpot. If the goal is for the classic outdoor feel, this isn’t it.

  6. mazblast - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    How many visiting fans will get screwed out of their seats if the Winter Classic is played in JerryWorld?

    Bad idea all around. Hockey is about #5 at best in the Dallas/Ft Worth area, and all Jerry Jones really cares about is publicity for Jerry Jones and making money.

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