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Report: Four or five outdoor games possible in 2014-15

Sep 21, 2013, 11:29 AM EDT

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With the announcement that the Washington Capitals will host the 2015 Winter Classic, without an opponent or location mind you, thoughts turn to what other places may see an outdoor game next season.

Chris Botta of Sports Business Journal and Daily reports the 2014-15 season could see four or five outdoor games happen, similar to what’s going on this season. With the Winter Classic already chosen, another Heritage Classic could be on the way as well as more Stadium Series-like events.

But where could we see things happen? Here are a few ideas.

Beaver Stadium — State College, Pennsylvania

This has been kicked around for some time to have an all-Pennsylvania showdown between the Penguins and Flyers at Penn State’s legendary football stadium. The deal to make something happen there has reportedly hit some snags. If the Flyers wind up in the 2015 Winter Classic against the Capitals, as has been rumored possible, you can pretty much nix this one from happening sooner than not.

Cowboys Stadium — Dallas, Texas

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants to have his massive stadium play host to an outdoor game. Meanwhile, Stars TV man Darryl Reaugh says they’ll get a Winter Classic in the next three years. Hmm… With the Stars doing their part to become more relevant, they’d make a great host, but don’t expect them to “settle” on a Stadium Series game.

Target Field or TCF Bank Stadium — Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Twin Cities have been clamoring for an outdoor game basically since the inception of the Winter Classic. They’re going to get an outdoor game one of these years, the question is: How big of a game? If they want one right away, a Stadium Series game at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, would be an instant hit.

That said, Minnesota fans will pack out any stadium for outdoor hockey and the home of the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team, TCF Bank Stadium, could fill out easily for a Winter Classic. If the Vikings’ new stadium is built (tentative opening in 2016), that would all but guarantee a Winter Classic in Minnesota… If it had a retractable roof. D’oh!

AT&T Park — San Francisco, California

The Stadium Series has shown they don’t fear California weather as the Kings and Ducks will play at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles this year. The Sharks want an outdoor game badly and the home of the San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park, would make for one of the most picturesque settings for a game.

Weather in the Bay Area is already winter-like during the summer. This seems like a no-brainer to do and the Sharks would likely have their pick of opponents wanting to play there.

  1. illbringdabeers - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Montreal, Minnesota, Denver, and San Francisco.

  2. avfanforlife - Sep 21, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    With the exception of Minn, those suggestions really suckkked! Why isn’t Denver on your list?

    • caniac4ever - Sep 21, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      Coors Field would be an amazing venue for the Winter Classic! Denver should definitely be on that list. I mean come on, Dallas? Really?

  3. jpl0219 - Sep 21, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Busch Stadium in St Louis. Could have Chicago/St Louis or Minnesota/St Louis, or even Detroit/St Louis or Nashville/St Louis

    • ybrammer - Sep 21, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      Plus the Cards have been hosting non-baseball sporting events there this year. Plus the Cards’ president is a hockey fan. I think the best time for it would be after the “high-speed rail” is completed between St. Louis & Chicago in 2015.

      • ybrammer - Sep 21, 2013 at 5:21 PM

        Oh, I just missed it, but @Cardinals just posted a picture on Twitter of the field goal post for the SIU vs SEMO football game that just ended.

  4. hockeyflow33 - Sep 21, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    I really don’t understand the NHL. They had the opportunity to have an annual marquee event and they ruin it for short term gain.

  5. dan46778 - Sep 21, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Nooooo the nhl is going to ruin the the outdoor uniqueness with the stadium series… Please don’t have it at penn state Pittsburgh and Philly has been in them enough time

  6. mclovinhockey - Sep 21, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Pitt vs philly would not be a winter classic, just a typical outdoor game between 2 of the biggest rivals in sports (currently). They would make a fortune off this.

    Habs vs leafs or B’s at the Olympic stadium would be another amazing thing to watch and make just as much or more than the all penn series.

    With that said, outdoor games have lost all it meaning. No classic las year, the year before it was on the 2nd, now we have like 5 this year at least… The novelty has worn off… One a year was great, this is just boring now.

  7. longcutskolvikes - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Once again the NHL has proven that it is being run by a bunch of clowns. I’m not certain why the league’s brain trust is intent on ruining the game that we love.

  8. MyTeamsAllStink - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    keep kicking that golden goose Bettman.

  9. crnvic847 - Sep 21, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Olympic Stadium in Montreal would not work. I mean they could play a game there but it would not be an outdoor game since there is a GIANT DOME covering the stadium!

  10. ryanoffski - Sep 21, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Avs-Wild in either Colorado or Minnesota

  11. jimw81 - Sep 21, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    AT&T Park would be a interesting place, you got the fog,dirty seagulls and wind.

  12. bruinsfan19 - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    This is ruining the Winter classic with all these outdoor games. 1 a year is a special game not to have 5-6 a year like come on

  13. blackandorangeforlife - Sep 22, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    As a Flyers fan i am against them being in another one…Same as the Pens….How about some other teams get a chance before all these repeats?

  14. pastabelly - Sep 22, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Agree with the sentiment that the NHL is ruining this. One New Years Day game was great. This is overkill.

  15. Jeff - Sep 22, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Yeah, the NHL has jumped the shark with all these outdoor games. It’s ridiculous.

  16. pmonte3122 - Sep 22, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    1 or 2 is fine…. They gotta stop with this.

  17. jagrbomb18 - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Flyers generate most interest. Which means money for league…end of story…no one cares about the Dallas stars…it’s the truth…sorry….

  18. makemulletsmandatory - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:02 AM

    no Canadian teams to play a canadian game outside..
    gotta love the AHL.. or is it the NHL ?
    USA’sHL….

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