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NHL announces two Yankee Stadium games

May 15, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

The new Yankee Stadium is shown on March 31, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.
(March 31, 2009 - Source: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

Long rumored, the NHL officially announced today there will be two outdoor games played at Yankee Stadium in 2014.

The first one, between the Rangers and Devils, is set for Sunday, Jan. 26, at 12:30 p.m. ET.

The second goes three days later, on Jan. 29, between the Rangers and Islanders at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Both games will be part of a huge sports week in the New York area, as Super Bowl XLVIII will be played Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium.

The Yankee Stadium games are part of the NHL’s 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

The 2014 Winter Classic goes Jan 1, 2014, at Michigan Stadium between Toronto and Detroit.

The Blackhawks will play the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 1, 2014 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

It’s also been reported the Vancouver Canucks will host the Ottawa Senators at BC Place on March 2.


  1. sabatimus - May 15, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    I wonder if a slapshot will clear the porch in right.

    • rogersjd16 - May 15, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      Haha, well played.

  2. freestyle1022 - May 15, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Too much

  3. JoeAvg - May 15, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    And the Suck the Bucks From the Schmucks Stadium Series continues.

    • manchestermiracle - May 16, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      Based upon the highly-successful Suck the Bucks From the Schmucks lockout program. You know, where extremely agitated and “fed up” fans claimed they will “punish” the NHL for losing half a season and then immediately flocked back to arenas while purchasing merchandise and Center Ice on TV.

      Is it just me or does the average hockey fanatic make it a point of putting perceived blame on everyone but themselves? Player got hit in the head by a charging, boarding, cross-checking, high-sticking stud? His own fault for not “keeping his head up.” Fans pissed because “their” game has become so popular the principals are willing to throw half a season out the window over money? And do it multiple times in a decade? Couldn’t possibly be the fault of those providing the money when they make it a point to stand in a line in order to give up even more money, right? “Locked out again? You assholes!” “Oh, you’re going to play again? Here’s my credit card, sign me up!” “Gee, that Winter Classic is so cool. Wait, now they’re going to add more outdoor games? Well, that just ruins the original, those assholes!”

  4. gbar22 - May 15, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    More crappy news from the NHL what’s new?

  5. hockeyflow33 - May 15, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Congrats on ruining the Winter Classic

    • sabatimus - May 15, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      Just call it “The Winter Addendum”.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 15, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      I completely agree that staging so many outdoor games makes the concept somewhat less special, but each one will likely be fun for the fans who go (despite generally poor vantage points for actually watching the games, and possible weather woes), and the rest of us around N.America are under no obligation to tune in to any of them on TV. It won’t change my plans for New Year’s Day viewing of the main event.

    • sheapuck - May 16, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      Waaaaaaah! The Winter Classic game that I had nothing to do with except watch on TV is not SPECIAL anymore Waaaaaaah! THIS LEAGUE IS AWFUL!

    • sheapuck - May 16, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      Waaaaaaaaah! They are taking a gamne that I have no involvement in other than watching on TV and making it NOT SPECIAL anymore! Waaaaaaah. THIS LEAGUE SUCKS! Why take an event that makes us boat loads of money and try it all over the place to expose it to more fans first hand when you can have something that is SPECIAL?!

      • hockeyflow33 - May 16, 2013 at 4:07 PM

        Congrats on posting the same garbage twice. If you don’t understand how scarcity increases demand perhaps your local community college can help you out with a very basic course.

  6. Anthony Maiorana - May 15, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    This takes so much away from the winter classic. Now it’s just another game in a series of baseball stadium games. This “stadium series” is obviously a way for the league to make back revenue that they lost by cutting off half this season AND missing the winter classic this year. It’s a money grab that’s all.
    On another note why do the Rangers get 2 games?

    • badintent - May 16, 2013 at 3:36 AM

      Because there’s a cruise ship of money in town to buy all the tickets ! Duh. NYC not like Tampa( see no fans at Rays games) or Like Jacksonville NFL games (no fans) or ………………………..Wall Street thanks Bush AND Obama for their bailouts so they could buy up all the box seats at field level.( I dug the all you can eat lobster, steak and shrimp dinner that comes with the seat)

      • Anthony Maiorana - May 16, 2013 at 4:35 AM

        Of course, gotta milk the cash cows. Double ranger games is just a giveaway that it’s pretty much a money thing and not an appology for the lockout.

      • badintent - May 17, 2013 at 2:41 AM

        you’re right. Heavy on the Cash of cash cows.Bettman had this lined up last year, just waited to spring it on the public at the right time during playoffs to max out the media exposure.Next time I see Gary, I’ll buy him a Nathan’s hot dog with all the trimmings. He deserves it ! LOL

  7. President Charles Logan - May 15, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    this outdoor crap has become overkill

  8. JoeAvg - May 15, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Ben, meet Ulysses and Andrew.

    Ben: Where’s George, Abe, & Alexander?

    They weren’t invited, nothing for them here.

  9. buffalomafia - May 15, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Isnt March a little to late for outdoor hockey??

    • atwatercrushesokoye - May 15, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      Not for the Vancouver game since its being played in a retractable roof stadium, but since it’s usually raining a lot in Vancouver that time of year I’m sure the roof will be closed, making it not an outdoor game, but instead just a game in a bigger indoor venue.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - May 15, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        Ah, but don’t forget the key selling point: an indoor game with thousands of seats from which fans will need binoculars to find the rink.

      • badintent - May 16, 2013 at 3:39 AM

        The upper deck is closed for the BC LION CFL games but they will sell out that game. Fans wouldn’t miss a chance for another hockey riot.
        In other news, Al Gore has promised temps in the 100s to promote his new wind fan energy generators to power the ice rink machines.

  10. tdrusher225 - May 15, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Overkill. Thanks for ruining a special event to squeeze as much profit out of it as possible.

  11. villi5ed - May 15, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Are these two games still being identified as road games for the NYR?

  12. thedavesiknowiknow - May 15, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    At least the NHL is overkilling something good this time.

  13. giantssb42champs - May 15, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    And tickets are likely already going for $1000 on stubhubs

  14. multiplemiggs - May 15, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    I actually announced this over two months ago but these people never post my comments. America- where you can be right, just not TOO right.

  15. db105 - May 15, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    I’m surprised the NHL didn’t schedule the outdoor games to be played during the Super Bowl.

  16. cameltoews - May 15, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    If you guys don’t like it so much don’t watch it. Pretty simple. I for one am excited to go to Yankee stadium to watch my team play outside. I don’t know when you get a chance to go watch an NHL game outdoors in an awesome stadium. I for one will take advantage of it bc it won’t last.

  17. cspsrbums - May 15, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Sure will all love to watch the Rangers a few more times. NHL favoritism at its best. Way to ruin the winter classic.

    • manchestermiracle - May 16, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      Is it “ruined” because there are other outdoor games or because the Rangers are in two of them? I’m sorry, but I guess I’m just failing miserably at seeing how other games can “ruin” the Winter Classic.

  18. jimeejohnson - May 15, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Saw Pink Floyd at Yankee Stadium…not in winter.

    • badintent - May 16, 2013 at 3:41 AM

      How many spliffs did you light up ? PF is a 2 spliff minimum

  19. heynyc61 - May 15, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Man… All of you people sound like a bunch of nasty old men… Humbug… I love this idea… Each game will be special … Great idea… If u don’t like it. Don’t watch. Go watch the boring NBA

    • manchestermiracle - May 16, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      “And get off my lawn, goddamnit!” Yeah, they’re all pretty tiresome, aren’t they?

    • hockeyflow33 - May 16, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      Everyone on here is going to watch the game of course. The problem is that the NHL has problems running a business and by taking what should be their signature event on a day when no other sports are played, they’re missing out on a potential long-term must-watch event.
      Football is doing the same thing with their Thursday night games.
      In the short-term it will be effective but you’re hurting the product in the long run

  20. ndrick731 - May 16, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Got a big surprise for you guys going to any if these games. Go for the atmosphere. Because you’re not going to see any hockey. If you sit in the lower level you can’t see most of the game. If you sit in the upper level you need binoculars to see the rink. I have been to the Boston and Philadelphia games. In Boston I was vaguely aware that there was a hockey game going on somewhere around there. In Philadelphia sitting in the lower level I had an excellent view of the tops of helmets. The atmosphere was cool in both places but as I said didn’t see any hockey.

  21. manchestermiracle - May 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    NHL lockout: “You’ve ruined the WC, assholes!”
    NHL schedules more “outdoor” games: “You’ve ruined the WC, assholes!”

    No WC at all: Terrible. More outside games, including WC: Terrible.

    Wow, is there a crabbier the-whole-world-just-sucks-all-the-time bunch than the negative, nutless naysayers on here? I particularly love the complaints that the outdoor games are a “money grab.” Right, like all you stand-up guys went out of your way to punish the league by not buying any tickets, merchandise or Center Ice the second they ended the lockout. If any of you could run the league half as well as you can run your mouths, the NHL would be the #1 sport in the world.

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