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Dallas in ‘early stages of talks and planning’ for game at Cowboys Stadium

Jan 30, 2014, 12:22 PM EDT

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There may soon be hockey at JerryWorld.

In speaking with the Dallas Morning-News, Stars president Jim Lites confirmed his club has had introductory talks to host an outdoor game, with AT&T Stadium — a.k.a Cowboys Stadium — being the early candidate for hosting duties.

“We are in the very early stages of talks and planning, and we expect to make some headway during the Olympic break, but it’s still a few years away,” Lites said. “I think you can talk about the Cotton Bowl or the ballpark [Rangers Ballpark in Arlington], but in the end it makes the most sense to look at Cowboys Stadium.

“You have the safeguard against rain, plus I think an event of this magnitude needs that building. It can be a huge part of the draw in itself.”

Lites said there is a possibility for the game to be played in 2015-16, but admitted 2016-17 is a more realistic target date. The NHL has already announces plans to scale back the number of outdoor games it’ll do per year — next year, the league is expected to hold four — so Dallas might need to wait to sort out logistics and queue up behind a number of other markets pining for an outdoor event.

That said, you can expect this idea to gain some traction — and not just from the Stars’ side of things.

AT&T Stadium has been piling up major dates and attractions as of late — recently, it was named a finalist for the 2017-20 NCAA Final Four — and is reportedly angling for another Super Bowl after hosting one in 2011.

  1. markelavs123 - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    They average about 11,000 people at the game. This would be embarrassing if they are really considering this…

    • darksidecowboy - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      What was the attendance like in Chicago before they drafted Toews and Kane? They’re not talking about next season just in the future probably in 3 years. With Benn, Seguin, Nichushkin the Stars in about 3 to 4 years will be a regular playoff team and possibly competing for the cup. The fans show up when the team wins, not making the playoffs for almost 10 years can kill attendance.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Jan 30, 2014 at 5:56 PM

        Under the new playoff format and salary cap, you can’t say any team a perennial playoff team anymore. Big name players are going to move around more and more. Vanek will go to Minnesota. Teams like Florida will have 36 million to play with and a new owner who’s going to open up the check book to sign high end players.

    • trom09 - Jan 30, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      Actually they are averaging around 14k this year. You’re close- only about 3,000 off.

  2. darksidecowboy - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Jerryworld aka “DeathStar” in itself is a celebrity. Not as Fenway Park or Wrigley Field with it’s rich history but its grandeur spectacle that it is. The NHL is trying to expand it’s brand. People will watch this game and travel to this, plus Jerry Jones is also a marketing genius, too bad his GM skills are lacking. If the Minnesota Wild and Stars are competitive I could see a cool game of history between the two. They both have history together because of the move of the Northstars.

  3. lonespeed - Jan 30, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    That’s just an indoor game with bad seating and a hole in the roof. They wouldn’t actually be playing in the elements. What a waste of an ‘outdoor’ game. No one would actually watch the physical game, they would all be watching that ridicules jumbo tron.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 30, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      First player to hit the scoreboard with a slap shot wins a bonus.

  4. killerpgh - Jan 30, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Maybe Jones can sell seats to this game that don’t exists like he did for Superbowl XLV.

  5. multiplemiggs - Jan 30, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Vanek will go to Minnesota? And how do you know this exactly?

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Jan 30, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      1. Vanek attended the University of Minnesota.

      2. Vanek resides in the Twin Cities during the off season

      3. Vanek skates with the majority of the Wild players during the off season

      4. Vanek has stated he “wants to go home”

      5. Vanek’s wife is from Minnesota.

      6. Vanek is presumably sick of being stuck on losing teams (Buffalo and Islanders)

      7. Vanek’s best friend plays on the Wild (Pominville)

      8. The Wild traded for Vanek’s good friend (Pominville) kind of like how the Wild traded the teams arguably best defenseman at the time and longest tenured player and fan favorite (Nick Schultz) for Tom Gilbert, who happened to play hockey at Wisconsin with some Wild defenseman named Ryan Suter (who was under contract with Nashville at the time) and played hockey growing up with some Wild forward named Zack Parise (who was under contract with New Jersey at the time). I might be crazy, but if I remember right, they both signed on July 4, 2012, when Gilbert was still a member of the Minnesota Wild.

      8. Vanek is exactly the kind of player the Wild need.

      9. The Wild have the kind of cap room to sign Vanek since Heatley’s $7.5 million comes off.

      Sounds pretty much like it makes sense.

      • killerpgh - Jan 30, 2014 at 9:21 PM

        “6. Vanek is presumably sick of being stuck on losing teams (Buffalo and Islanders)”

        How aren’t the Wild considered a losing team? They have won just 4 playoff games (playoff games, not playoff series) in the last 9 season. They have a winning % above .500 just once in the past 5 years.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:15 AM

        Well, it’s too bad now that teams are awarded points for ties and overtime losses, not winning percentages. If you wanna play that game, you failed to mention the Wild have won more game than they have lost in regulation in every season except three (in which 2 were in the first 2 seasons).

  6. mikeymo1 - Jan 30, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    NO, NO, NO AND HELL NO!!!!! it’s supposed to be an open air game, jerryworld is not an open stadium, retractible roof or not, this thing needs to happen in the cotton bowl or the ballpark in arlington.

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