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Flyers, Penguins remain unsure about Beaver Stadium game

Sep 20, 2013, 9:57 AM EDT

A general view of Beaver Stadium as snow falls before the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 29, 2011 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.
(October 28, 2011 - Source: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

Over the summer, Philadelphia Flyers president Peter Luukko expressed interest in playing an outdoor game in Penn State’s Beaver Stadium against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

That has the makings of a great match. The Flyers and Penguins’ rivalry has been fierce and Beaver Stadium can hold over 100,000 fans for a football game. All the same, the NHL is cautioning that such a contest isn’t a lock to happen.

“It’s always fun to come up with those scenarios in the league office or as a third party, but at the end of the day it does require a club to give up a home game,” said NHL chief operating officer John Collins, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

“We haven’t broached that yet.”

Beaver Stadium is a neutral site between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, but obviously it would have to count as a home contest for one of the teams. That’s not necessarily a small factor as the NHL rather than the hosting club gets an undisclosed share of the gate revenues from outdoor games.

Pittsburgh has already played in two Winter Classics and they will head to Chicago for a third outdoor game on March 1. Philadelphia also knows what these events involve after hosting the 2012 Winter Classic.

Still, they haven’t played each other in an outdoor game. Despite the consideration that Collins raised, we might still see such an event in the coming years.

  1. ibieiniid - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    didn’t expect a guy who writes for a living to put an apostrophe into a plural word. “for one of the team’s.”

    • joey4id - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      Ok. But! What do you think about the Pens and Flyers playing at Beaver Stadium?

      • ibieiniid - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        i’ll address my excitement when they announce it. for now, it’s hypocritically being a grammar nazi.

      • Anoesis - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        We laugh whenever we see someone criticize another’s writing by beginning sentences with no capitalization.

        -Third Reich Department of Punctuation and Irony

      • ibieiniid - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:03 AM

        key here being that I’m an engineer, not a writer… and I wrote a comment, not an article.

        that being said, “-Third Reich Department of Punctuation and Irony” lmao’d me.

      • ibieiniid - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:06 AM

        oh yeah, also for the record: (I looked it up to defend myself with semantics previously [I rarely capitalize my internet comments]), not capitalizing is an “orthographical” error, not punctuation.

    • zer0bern - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      actually he was correct in what he wrote, he is talking about 2 teams so the correct way is “for one of the teams” not team’s that would be like saying “for one of the team is”… if you’re going to be a grammar Nazi please learn correct grammar first

      • ibieiniid - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        yeah, because the writers can’t edit or anything after a reader says something…..
        the part I quoted was just that, a quote, copy/pasted.

  2. jhuck92 - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    That game would sell out in minutes

  3. capsfan19 - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Can you imagine 50,000 wasted flyers fans? The local hospital would be full of penguins fans with concussions ha ha ha

    • ibieiniid - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      we almost don’t have to imagine. the incident with a Rangers fan at Geno’s comes to mind.

    • jtowme - Sep 20, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      Are you implying geography plays a part in toughness or that Flyer fans are too uncivilized to attend a game without being asses? Just wondering who you’re trying to insult?

  4. ibieiniid - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    “Well, we don’t want either team to lose a home game, so we’ll just do a total of four Flyers/Penguins outdoor games next season. Yeah, that’s a good idea.”
    -Gary

  5. chanceoffleury1 - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Not to be a negative nancy but lodging would be a huge issue. From Pittsburgh, that is a 6-7 hour drive round trip. I’m assuming its about the same from Philly. If you’ve ever been to state college on a homecoming weekend you’ll know exactly how hard it is to book a room within 30 minutes of the stadium. And half the crowd lives on campus during those games. I want NOTHING more than this game to happen, but this is a huge issue that personally I haven’t heard an even somewhat reasonable solution for. And the football program and university would inevitably benefit tremendously in one way or another. Is the NHL ready to take on the poo storm from all the people still hurting and feeling betrayed by the Sandusky scandal? I don’t necessarily agree with it (the entire community shouldn’t have been blamed for a disgusting act by a select group of individuals) but the revenue and the publicity for the university could generate some significant controversy for the NHL.

    • cdalton2690 - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      State college is closer to Pittsburgh than Philly is. Philly would be a 6 – 7 hour round trip Pittsburgh 5 – 6. You would have plenty of places to stay the night if that is too much of a drive for a day trip. State College has plenty of hotels. They accommodate enough for football games don’t they? If you wanted closer to home you could stay in Altoona, Dubois, Johnstown or somewhere in between. Fans coming from Philly would have just as many options they could stay in Harrisburg, York, Lancaster etc. If they make the game a 3 or 4 o’clock start you could easily make it home before 11. As for the NHL not wanting criticism about playing at PSU, if that’s what people are complaining about than they need to get a life or go play in traffic. I understand where you are coming from but that should be the least of the worry’s the NHL has.

      • jimw81 - Sep 20, 2013 at 3:34 PM

        their is an bigger philly presence in happy valley these days.

      • cdalton2690 - Sep 20, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        I completely agree about the Philly presence in S.C. This would be a great game they could do an earlier college hockey game with PSU now that they have turned into a D1 program. I think this is the perfect scenario for these teams and I think they could get a very large crowd in Beaver stadium. Just and FYI I don’t like either team it would just be a great game.

  6. barkar942 - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Can you imagine all of the DUI stops on the PA Turnpike that night on the way home?
    The cops could rake in millions!

  7. dan46778 - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Nooooooooooo how many more time that NHL will give those two team a outdoor game? I only same that bc both teams had both played in the winter classic…

    • ibieiniid - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      I’m sorry, are you CHALLENGING Mr. Bettman?
      that’s it! this league is now known as the PHL (Pennsylvania) and every team will be relocating to either Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, or Scranton (yes, Scranton).

      • ibieiniid - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        say one more thing and every game will be outdoors… except on January 1st, they’ll have an oldschool indoor game.

  8. neilbarne - Sep 20, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    This really should be an easy thing to do. schedule two games. one for say 2015 and another for say 2017. One year the Penguins are the home team. The other year the Flyers are a home team. Beaver stadium would be completely sold out and it would be awesome.

  9. pitpenguinsrulez - Sep 20, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    It’s home game for both teams. The amount of fights would be insane. They would need the majority of the State Police working that game.

  10. jimw81 - Sep 20, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    i’ll fix the problem right now. just flip a coin to see who loses a home game and the team that loses the coin flip will host the team as a home and home series before winter classic. done and done.

  11. sharascent - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    IF this would happen I know 4 people that would DEFINITELY would buy tickets!

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