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Report: Four outdoor games likely for next season

Jan 29, 2014, 11:27 AM EDT

From TSN’s Darren Dreger:

As Dreger mentions, there’s been no shortage of teams looking to host an outdoor game:

Coyotes have ‘been pretty vocal’ about Arizona outdoor game, says chairman

NHL confirms Ottawa will get outdoor game

Winnipeg to get outdoor game

The success of Saturday’s Kings-Ducks game at Dodger Stadium likely means other warm-climate teams will be in the mix for an outdoor affair. Like the Coyotes, the Sharks have already expressed interest and looked at three possible sites for a game: AT&T Park in San Francisco, Stanford Stadium or Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, the new home of the NFL’s 49ers.

As for confirmed outdoor games for next year, the Washington Capitals have already been awarded the 2015 Winter Classic, and it’s been reported that Nationals Park — home of the MLB’s Washington Nationals — will be selected as the venue.

  1. capsrockva - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    not sure if a game in Phx. or SJ would work

    • cofran2004 - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      I don’t know if it’ll work in LA either i mean it gets pretty warm in the winter time and–

      What? You say it DID work? Oh… okay…

      • comeonnowguys - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:17 PM

        The difference with Phoenix: The desert and dearth of fans.

      • cofran2004 - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:25 PM

        I suppose I should have been more specific. You’re right. But I was talking more about San Jose. Having one in Phoenix is a bad idea.

        Sorry for the mix up.

  2. westinpat - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Colorado or Minnesota should host the 2016 Winter Classic. You could throw in one of the “big name” teams as their opponent to drive ticket prices and TV ratings if that is a league motive for these games.

    • alicesrightfootesq - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      Colorado v Detroit in the most violent Alumni game ever.

      • westinpat - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:12 PM

        I considered Detroit for my original post but felt putting Detroit in already would aggravate fans. Maybe push back Colorado to 2017/2018 with Detroit and let them battle it out.

      • pfhockey - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:36 PM

        Too bad Yzerman won’t likely play in it. :( But still, there will be blood. Osgood vs Roy, Will Roy go left this time?

    • slysipops - Jan 30, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      what other motive would there be

  3. sjsharks66 - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    If it worked in LA it would work in the Bay Area. Much colder up here then down in LA. A game at AT&T park would look great for the league. Could care less for a SJ outdoor game, unless it is the classic.

    As for Toronto pushing for another Winter Classic? Calm down, you literally just had one. The Caps get another one as well? Can we move the Classic to the west for once? I think SJ-VAN would be a good one.

    • qauzaq - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      The outdoor game in LA was much better than I was expecting so I’d say it doesn’t really matter if it’s the Winter Classic. I agree a SJ/Van matchup would be awesome. Wouldn’t mind seeing a SJ/LA matchup as well.

    • joey4id - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      The article is about teams wanting to host an outdoor game, which Toronto has not done yet.

      • kaptaanamerica - Jan 29, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        is it just me or does anyone else auto thumbs down any comment by joey4id?? i see his name and i thumbs down first read later if i read at all….

  4. blues1988 - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    i’d like to see blues/ hawks at Busch Stadium but the hawks have already played in a few. so maybe like the blues owner suggested. blues vs minnesota/ colorado, try and build a new central division rivalry.

    • westinpat - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      The Blues verses the Avalanche or the Wild verses the Stars. Wild/Stars would come with a lot of bragging rights between fans.

      • bensawesomeness - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:17 PM

        I’ve been pushing for a Stars/Wild game for years – i think it would be really cool.

  5. joey4id - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Props to a fellow commenter are in order:

    jhmiddleton81 – Jan 27, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    This is awesome news and personally I hope that they do 4 games a year (Winter Classic, Heritage Classic, and two stadium series games) that would be plenty, and it would allow for markets to not have to wait 10 plus years to get a game. Teams that need to host are Minnesota, Colorado, St. Louis, Montreal, and Columbus. They deserve a game and they all have young stars that people want to watch, especially Colorado with their speed and skill (Mackinnon, Duchene, O’Reilly, Stastny, etc.)

    • jhmiddleton81 - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      Haha thank you, and it was just my personal opinion on what would make it a good number, because we all crave our teams being in one, I predict for the four:
      Winter Classic: Washington vs. Boston in Nationals Park
      Heritage Classic: Calgary vs. Edmonton in Commonwealth Stadium (Edmonton)
      Stadium Series #1: Vancouver vs. San Jose in Levi’s Stadium or AT&T Park
      Stadium Series #2: St. Louis, Minnesota, or Chicago vs. Colorado at Coors Park (Perfect for the sponsor Coors, and maybe if Bud Light buys the sponsorship it will be at Busch Stadium in St. Louis)

      I think the NHL is trying to get more and more teams involved in these outdoor games so that it is fair and give the west the outdoor games that they deserve.

      • jhmiddleton81 - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-looking-four-outdoor-games-2014-15-coors-175840641–nhl.html

        Yup had a feeling that Coors would want one stadium series game in their stadium (Coors Field) it just made too much sense for them.

      • joey4id - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        I could be completely off base, but I believe the NHL would want to have a good idea which teams will participate in the 2016 WC before announcing the teams for next year’s outdoor games. I would think they want to vary the teams as much as possible. Just a thought.

      • jhmiddleton81 - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:31 PM

        I can all but assure you that the Winter Classic will be reserved for football stadiums from now on, because they’re going to sell out no matter what and you want to get as many people in there as humanly possible. That is why I believe TCF stadium in Minnesota is a perfect fit because it can be expanded to 80,000 seats. That and Columbus at THE OHIO STATE university stadium make sense as places but also St. Louis’s Busch Park (because I doubt Coors would want to be a sponsor for a rival company’s stadium. Penguins vs. Flyers at Penn State too, I see the baseball stadiums being reserved for the stadium series, while the football stadiums will be the winter classics. Gotta think Jerry’s world will host one in 5-10 years

  6. cardsfan773 - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    When will the NHL wake up. First there should onky be one outdoor game each year. I cant be the only one who feels this way. Second, why the hell do they keep suggesting warm places like Phoenix and San Jose. Plenty of hockey being played in colder areas of the country. Colorado, Minnesota, etc. Hell as a Blues fan I would love to see STL get considered. Oh well, guess that’s what we get for living in flyover country

    • joey4id - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      Maybe one of the reasons they go to warm climates is help open the markets in those and other warm climates. I’m not saying I agree. They are creating some sort of a novelty act with ice hockey being played outdoors where it doesn’t snow. I’m guessing PHX is hoping that an outdoor will gain a lot of traction and increase their fan base in the local area. It’s no secret that increased HRR will mostly come from the U.S. as opposed to Canada.

    • stepanup - Jan 29, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      St Louis should be a featured team in a Stadium Series game. No question that franchise is trending in the right direction and should be included. But that doesn’t mean San Jose, for example, shouldnt get one.

  7. kellyb9 - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Think I speak for all Flyers and Pens fans when I say, Flyers – Pens – State College… it would be epic.

    • blues1988 - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      From Wiki: Most Appearances: 2: by three teams
      Pittsburgh Penguins
      Philadelphia Flyers
      Detroit Red Wings

      yeah because the flyers and penguins need another game.

      • shortsxit34 - Jan 29, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        That’s even before this season. Penguins and Rangers will have been in 3 already by the end of the Stadium Series.

    • patthehockeyfan - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      Not a Flyers’ fan, kelly (nor a Pens’ fan); but, I agree – it would be epic.

  8. sjsharks66 - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Except the Stars would need fans first. :P

  9. bcsteele - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    I can assure you as a big and loyal Blues fan, I would make arrangements to be at an outdoor game they played no matter where it was. Even if I need to take a short vacation. I would LOVE to see them get a game.

  10. pastabelly - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    I would hope that if the Bruins get a game, that it would be at Gillette Stadium and not Fenway Park. Tickets at Fenway were scarce and overpriced. If they played Montreal at Gillette, it would draw many Montreal fans down as well.

    • gino97 - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      great minds think alike bud!

    • stepanup - Jan 29, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      Will Montreal fans be able to bring Montreal police in case Chara hits one of the little Habs too hard again?

  11. gino97 - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Let the Bruins host the Habs at Gillette. One of Hockey’s best rivalry’s plus the football stadiums make a much better scene than baseball stadiums. Fenway was fun when we hosted Philly but more seats = more dollars.

  12. gino97 - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    pastabelly beat me to it!

  13. joey4id - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    All the WCs thus far have been held in the U.S. with the next one awarded to the Caps. Maybe the time is right for a Canadian team to be awarded one, and a potential city to host it would be Toronto. This will allow fans from both teams/cities to attending since Mtl to TO is about an 8 hour drive. All be it boring…..

    The major downside to this will the lack of an American based team could negatively affect revenues and TV ratings for the US market. Then they would have to include one of the following teams: Bos, Chi, NYR

    • jhmiddleton81 - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      I agree with you, there will NEVER be an all Canadian Winter Classic, that’s what the Heritage classic is for, there will always be an American team in it, you can bet that

      • joey4id - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:22 PM

        And the WC should always be held in cold climates. Otherwise it’s no longer a WC. ⛄

    • jhmiddleton81 - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      Exactly. The snow is what they want, makes it a spectacle. Don’t take away from the magic

  14. capsrockva - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    how bout wsh/car/tb/ vs mon/buf/min

  15. dan46778 - Jan 30, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    How the NHL goes with two out game the winter classic n the Heritage classic

  16. slysipops - Jan 30, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    how about a game in SIBERIA with a collection of all RUSSIAN players VS a team of NHL ALLSTARS ? they could have the cast from the walk of the penguins do the intermission shows along with some snow angel contest , serve vodka instead of beer at the vendor booths, serve sauerkraut and sausage or beef stew in bread bowls and chili with dogs or in a bowl ! fans could be brought in via sleds to add to the expeience……WOW !

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