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Flyers confirm interest in Beaver Stadium game versus Pens

Jun 6, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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An NHL game between the Flyers and Penguins at Penn State’s Beaver Stadium could become a reality soon.

“We have spoken to the Pens and the league about expressing our combined interest,” Flyers president Peter Luukko told the Philadelphia Inquirer yesterday. “Not sure if next year is a possibility. Penn State is very interested.”

CSN Philly has more on the story.

Beaver Stadium is an obvious potential venue for an outdoor game. It holds over 100,000 fans for football, and with the popularity of the NHL in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, a meeting between the Flyers and Pens would surely draw a full house.

So…perhaps the 2015 Winter Classic? If Penn State is willing to push back its “winterization” of the stadium until after New Year’s Day (it normally occurs in December), it has to be right up there on the list.

  1. ibieiniid - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    putting a few things aside (so many outdoor games coming up, Flyers have already played 2 Classics, Pens have already played 2 Classics), I’d still like to see a Flyers/Pens outdoor game. with 4 between the 2 teams, it’s a wonder it hasn’t happened already.

    • westinpat - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      Yeah, both teams have been in the Winter Classic enough already. Take a break and let some other teams have a chance, especially some of the western teams and Canadian teams.

      • ibieiniid - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        I guess it doesn’t necessarily have to be the W Classic though. we ARE getting Kings, Ducks, Canucks, Sens and Leafs all outdoors next year. and if they keep up the 6 outdoor games idea, they could technically have every team play outside every less-than-3 years. I just kinda think we’re due for Philly/Pitt.

    • yougotgirouxed - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      I am glad the Flyers were able to be in the Winter Classic when it was still unique, new, and exciting, (and that I was lucky enough to seem us play at the ballpark). It seems like there will be a handful of outdoor games every season from here on out.

      The thing is that the bottom line is still ratings and regardless of how many time the Flyers and Pens have been in the WC, most people would still rather watch a rivalry like ours with Pitt than game like Leafs-Wings or Kings-Ducks. Flyers-Pens is the top rivalry in hockey. Eventhough we missed the playoffs I think it’s still recognized as a very heated competition between teams and fanbases that despise eachother. That brings the non-hockey fan to the TV

  2. bensawesomeness - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    I’d watch that

  3. travishenryskid - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    The Flyers are interested? No ****!

    Pegula should call in the favor. He did start the PSU hockey program and build their arena. Not to mention Buffalo is only about a 4 hour drive, and we did originate the whole idea of the Winter Classic. Time to get the Sabres back in it.

    • raoool - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      Pagula provided enough funding for PSU hockey to put up a decent rink and join ‘the bigs’, but he did not start it. There was a hockey club in the 70s – played big names like Bloomsburg and Cornell – players paid the bills.

      • travishenryskid - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        Congrats on playing club hockey in the 70’s. Any crappy school can have a club hockey team. Without Terry Pegula, there is no D-1 hockey program at PSU. They owe him big time.

      • travishenryskid - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        BTW, the “enough funding to put up a decent rink” you speak of was $102 million. From the sounds of it, you are a PSU hockey alum. Show a little respect. Ungrateful.

    • raoool - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      dude. chill. just setting the facts straight. I don’t disagree that the man’s done some good with his cash. I might even show the same apparent love for the man as you – if only it didn’t take environmentalists screaming to stop him from destroying the PA & Chesapeake water supply.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 6, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      I guess you forgot the Oilers playing the Canadiens outdoors in 2003, well before Buffalo “came up” with the idea?

  4. girouxed - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Let’s go! Bring it on dirty birds

  5. isithockeyseasonyet - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Please, god, yes!!! Non hockey fans know how much these teams hate one another, you want to convert more fringe hockey fans? Here’s your chance, NHL

  6. comeonnowguys - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Hate to see Penn State awarded or rewarded in any way just yet.

    • hockey412 - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      That’s horrible of you to think, let alone say.

    • psujay - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      Yup, that money for students, the business owners in the area, and the local community really should pay for what a couple of creeps in academia decided to do.

      8 weekends a year are what keep local businesses afloat in State college. Sure the bar scene is going to survive due to all of the students, but other than that, local business owners and employees really rely on that money. Considering how hampered the football program is for the next 8 years, a lot of local business owners are concerned for their financial well being. 2015-2016 will really be the depths of the financial impact the sanctions will have on the region, and this outdoor game would be a great boon to the local community which is suffering from the actions of a very select few. Those people are gone, this isn’t a “reward” to Penn State, it’s just a game in the State College area. Sure, Penn State probably gets some money out of it, but it’s not like they’re getting an extra home football game or anything.

  7. whiskytango333 - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    This is long overdue!

  8. jimw81 - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    i dont understand the backlash. this is the ultimate cash cow for the nhl. NO offense to wild fans but we have here is two teams that hate each other, two fan bases that hate each other in a 100,000 football stadium.It’s the perfect situation for the league. It’s a win,, the businesses in happy valley get a week of $$$$.

    But i think who is really pushing this is the big ten. they just formed their own hockey conference and penn state just joined d-1 hockey and big ten hockey conference.

  9. chanceoffleury1 - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    I think the biggest and most important question to be answered would be lodging. Anybody who thinks this is a plausible idea has never been to State College or just hasn’t thought this idea past the “coolness” of it. Half the 100,000+ people that fill that stadium every weekend are students that live on campus. And hockey season is right on par with the school year. They would have MAYBE 1 reasonable wekend to do it because any other weekend is going to be football season or a weekend during the school year. Sorry to be the Debbie Downer, but State College was just not built to hold 100,000 students, plus 40,000 locals, PLUS 110,000 people in town for the outdoor hockey game. I mean, I hope they prove me wrong and figure out a way to do it. It would be beyond awesome and exciting. But if the NHL has any sense they will go to State College and realize it was not a city built for 250,000 people. To those whom have visited both, think of how big Pittsburgh is in comparison to State College, and then realize it is home to 300,000 people which is a roughly similar amount to the number that would be in State College during that weekend after you throw in the media, players, and such on top of the students, locals, and fans.

    • maalea - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      Winter break?

      • chanceoffleury1 - Jun 6, 2013 at 5:23 PM

        Using this year as an example: Penn State’s winter break is from December 21 to January 13th. It’d be tough to do it the week of Christmas because people are so busy and traveling already that you lose some interest. You’re not going to do it the week of the winter classic so that eliminates Dec 29-Jan 4. So then I guess they are going to do it January 5th because new students need to have a weekend to move in and returning students can come back to campus early starting Saturday January 11th. Plus you need some time to clean up before students get back. See how quickly all those weekends disappear as possibilities? Penn State could move their start date up a week and the NHL could do it around like the second weekend in December but it’s still really close to the winter classic and I think the NHL would want to keep a bigger time frame than 2 weeks between an outdoor game and their prime event. I could be wrong though.

  10. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    The amount of pure hatred between these teams and fans would very much make this one of the best outdoor games. I even remember when people wanted the Steelers vs Eagles at Penn State back in 2004-2005 when both teams were in the AFC & NFC Title games. The only thing that they would need extra of would be more police officers due to the possible/unlimited fights between Pens and Flyers fans. I just hope this takes place soon enough!

  11. Habib Marwan - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Penn State should have been banned and stripped of ALL athletic activities for 10 years.

  12. davepol - Jun 6, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Not sure if this has ever been proposed, but here goes:

    First weekend of January. Beaver Stadium. Two games in two days: Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia on Saturday evening, followed up by Buffalo vs. Washington on Sunday afternoon.

    Large fanbases a short drive from State College (kinda-sorta equidistant from each city). 100,000+ for each game. Large TV audiences. The Keystone Classic could be epic!

    Doubt something like this would happen, but it’s an interesting thought.

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