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Confirmed: Blackhawks will host Penguins in outdoor game

May 1, 2013, 10:43 AM EDT

A general view of Soldier Field during the Hockey City Classic on February 17, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
(February 16, 2013 - Source: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

After weeks of reports, the NHL has confirmed that the Chicago Blackhawks will play the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 1, 2014 at Soldier Field.

Soldier Field is better known as the home of the Chicago Bears and this contest will be just one in a series of outdoor games in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

“Our fans and our teams love outdoor games and we are thrilled the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series will present a number of these experiences to a large number of our fans in a variety of National Hockey League markets,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “The Chicago game, at Soldier Field, will be a match-up of two recent Stanley Cup champions at a landmark stadium.”

The Chicago Blackhawks previously hosted the Detroit Red Wings in the 2009 Winter Classic, which was played at Wrigley Field. The Penguins also have outdoor game experience after playing in the 2008 and 2011 Winter Classics.

Soldier Field was the site of the Hockey City Classic on Feb. 17, which featured a game between the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin as well as Miami University’s contest against Notre Dame.

The NHL is expected to announce more outdoor contests in the coming weeks.

  1. JoeAvg - May 1, 2013 at 10:45 AM


    Or should I say:


  2. philly06 - May 1, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    This is just gonna take away from the excitement of the winter classic. There should only be two outdoor games a year, The Winter Classic and The Heritage Classic.

    • drone501 - May 1, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      for once i agree with a flyer fan.

  3. mclovinhockey - May 1, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Awesome…. Pens in yet another outdoor game. I really hope Philly does not get another one soon. The one event bettman created that was fun is officially ruined. 6 outdoor games a year, what a joke.

    • ibieiniid - May 1, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      yeah, I agree that we could probably do without another Pitt or Philly one for a while…. but if you think about it, there’s not a LOT of teams that can host an outdoor game. you can cross off at least 10 for geography alone (my not-that-strong-to-begin-with argument would be COMPLETELY shot if this LA thing works, but I highly doubt it will), a few more for facilities, and a few more for ability to sell tickets in any given season. that only leaves about 12-15 teams that can host a money-making game. It IS a bit early in the new age of outdoor NHL games to be repeating some teams… but still, it’s a given that they’re gonna eventually repeat who’s hosting games.

  4. spavs412 - May 1, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    I love it and can’t wait to buy tickets a fly to Chicago!! Although I wish it was pens flyers at happy valley!!

  5. 8man - May 1, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Habs. Bruins. Gillette. ‘Nuff said.

  6. jonkchar - May 1, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    if it were Penguins/Flyers it would have to be played in the Rome coliseum! haha.
    Really looking forward to this- even thinking about going to Chicago for it!

  7. sjawesome - May 1, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    This is too much too soon. Having this many outdoor games is ridiculous. Also why are they giving the outdoor games to teams that have already played in the winter classic?

  8. mclovinhockey - May 1, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    This just in:
    The 2020 season will be played with 82 outdoor games a year per a team….

  9. billobrienschindimple - May 1, 2013 at 11:46 AM


    As someone who was born and raised in State College, that is something I have been dreaming of for decades.

    With JoePa no longer there, there is hope that one day it may happen. Joe’s rule over Beaver Stadium is one of the things that ruled it out as a site for the World Cup in 1994.

  10. gbar22 - May 1, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Oh yay more of the same and more games snore.

  11. cspsrbums - May 1, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    This is so stupid Just when you can’t think the NHL can’t do anything else more stupid they do this.
    Also get off Pitts nuts they are an outdoor game every year. They aren’t to bias are they just watch the playoffs

    • barkar942 - May 1, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      Perhaps they are doing all of this because they plan on not letting the NHL players go to the Olympics?????

  12. blues1988 - May 1, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    ya because that penguins/ hawks rivalry is so heated, throw out all the record books when they get together.

  13. windmiller4 - May 1, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Bettman has once again managed to turn this league into a joke, 6 outdoor games takes away the excitement and thrill, which i personally think would be gone anyways since its always the same teams that play in it. The sooner Bettman is fired the sooner our great sport starts to be run like a professional league should be

  14. dkphilly1122 - May 1, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Hopefully it isn’t 62 degrees and rain for the game in Chicago……

  15. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 1, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    I really don’t care about outdoor games. The flow of the game is constantly broken because of weather issues. The match ups they offer are great though. However, would rather watch these 2 teams go head to head indoors, but I understand the economic prospective of the outdoor events.

    • valoisvipers - May 1, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      I think that 6 games gives more fans a chance at attending a game and enjoying the experience live. If anyone finds it too many, simple, don’t watch them. Build it and they will come.

  16. zetaone - May 1, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    God, another game I’ll have to listen to the three stooges: Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Ed Olczyk…

    I’m embarrassed to be a hockey fan whenever I hear these jagoffs spewing their vocal excrement on national tv.

  17. therealjr - May 1, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    I for one will not be watching. The novelty is gone, and if your team isn’t playing it’s just hockey on bad ice.

    Even when my team is playing…meh.

  18. dan46778 - May 1, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Nooooo I c that the NHL brass is mess up the game again… Keep the outdoor game to winter classic

  19. oquintero99 - May 1, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Of all the beers out there, Coors Light? Really?

    • JoeAvg - May 1, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      If Moosehead would have come up with the money it would be called the Moosehead Suck the Bucks from the Schmucks Winter Series or whatever they’re naming it. It’s got nothing to do with the beer.

  20. haterzinc - May 1, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Get used to the greed. All the other sports do it. It’s all about money and ratings

  21. buffalomafia - May 1, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Buffalo vs Philly

  22. northstarnic - May 1, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Can’t wait for the announcement of outdoor games in LA, Tampa, and Dallas. Cuz nothing makes for good hockey like splashing around in a big slush puddle.

  23. joeyg88 - May 2, 2013 at 3:41 AM

    the ice was horrible for that college game. someone is going to get hurt for sure

  24. billsboy88 - May 2, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Rolling the dice there with the date. In march in Chicago, it could be a blizzard or it could be 65 degrees…

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