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NHL says Colorado ‘absolutely’ in mix for outdoor game; Citi Field too?

Jan 30, 2014, 3:58 PM EDT

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We’ve already discussed Dallas being in the early stages for a potential game at Cowboys Stadium, so let’s keep rolling.

First up? Denver. According to Advertising Age, the league’s connection with Colorado-based brewer Coors — title sponsor of the Stadium Series — could result in the Avalanche getting an outdoor event.

NHL CMO Brian Jennings confirmed the Colorado Avalanche are under consideration to host a Stadium Series game next year.

Mr. Dettman [Coors’ director of sports & entertainment marketing] said the brewer’s so pleased with its multi-year title sponsorship of the Series, its pushing for Denver to be in the rotation next year. And what do you know? The game could be played at Coors Field.

“It would be special no doubt,” said Mr. Dettman on Sunday, as the New York Rangers defeated the rival New Jersey Devils 7-3 in the first hockey game played at Yankee Stadium. “Again, the heritage of the brand, being from the Rocky Mountains, we’d welcome that.”

The NHL’s Mr. Jennings joked that Mr. Dettman brings up the topic at every meeting. The league is “absolutely” considering an outdoor Avalanche game next season. “It’s just a great marketplace and a deserving marketplace,” said Mr. Jennings.

Next up? New York. Yes, again. According to ESPN’s Katie Strang, there’s talk of going back to the Big Apple based partly on the success of the recently-completed two game series at Yankee Stadium. The wrinkle, though, would be a venue switch to the home of the Mets — Citi Field.

A senior Mets source told that the team has had discussions with the league about the possibility in the future.

“We’re always talking with various entities about bringing big events to Citi Field,” the source said. “We did have discussions with the NHL and are always open to revisiting them down the road.”

With the success of the two Stadium Series games at Yankee Stadium recently, it’s hard to imagine the Mets wouldn’t want to bring an event of that magnitude to the Queens-based ballpark.

“We loved having the event and would welcome it back,” Yankees team president Randy Levine said.


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  1. strictlythedanks - Jan 30, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Colorado vs the Wild at either target field, tcf bank, or maybe mile high would be nice

    • lordfletcher - Jan 30, 2014 at 9:23 PM


      I think every team deserves an outdoor game after what we just saw in LA and NYR playing back to back. Eventually the NHL will care about markets that don’t feature Crosby / Ovechkin or half the citizens of america packed into one town

  2. drewsylvania - Jan 30, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Can they improve the playing conditions? The players all hate the ice, and it makes for very sloppy hockey.

  3. multiplemiggs - Jan 30, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    There we go with the Minnesotans thinking they deserve everything again.

    • strictlythedanks - Jan 30, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      Why shouldnt it be played in a state where people actually play outdoor hockey, unlike most places they have played where they can hardly keep the ice frozen?

      Colorado, Minnesota, and anywhere in Canada are the ones who desereve it most.

      • multiplemiggs - Jan 30, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        So Colorado, Minnesota and Canada are the only places where they play pond hockey? Funny because I’m on Long Island and I play on the pond all the time. FYI: There’s other places were people play pond hockey like Michigan, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Alaska just to name a few. Canada gets the Heritage Classic every year. Stop thinking you deserve everything just because you are in Minnesota. Nobody cares about Minnesotans and that you all talk funny and lost your crappy North Stars years ago. No one feels bad.

      • purpleguy - Jan 30, 2014 at 6:27 PM

        Gee, I guy from Long Island thinking nothing west of NY deserves attention — big surprise. Hockey lovers have been forced to watched lousy east coast teams on national TV games all year, including crappy NY and NJ teams play outdoor games in the last week. The point the guy was making is that per capita, more of the population in MN participates in and appreciates hockey, thus justifying an outdoor game for folks that appreciate the game, not the spectacle. And the “talking funny” crack is real rich since the practice was practically invented in NY.

      • strictlythedanks - Jan 30, 2014 at 6:52 PM

        Wow a new yorker thinks two games in NY isnt enough. They had to play on horrible ice because your state isnt the right conditions for pond hockey.

        grow a pair, mulitplemiggs

    • spiciercheez - Jan 30, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      Yeah good call. Arizona, California, and Texas all deserve one more.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Jan 30, 2014 at 5:39 PM

      Minnesota does deserve it first. Considering how big hockey is their, they absolutely deserve it. When your state gets Gary Thorne to do play by play for the high school state championship tournament, then you can talk

  4. mrhyperpants - Jan 30, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    These out door games are pointless.

    • cofran2004 - Jan 31, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      Yeah, making the game visible to the rest of the country, and record breaking hockey ratings are stupid. I can’t believe they continue to play outdoor games, even though they consistantly sell out the stadiums and make tons of money. How dumb can you get?


  5. multiplemiggs - Jan 30, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    The games really have been sloppy. But the fans love it, I had a good time last night at Yankee Stadium. It was cool and different. But technically they’re making the sport a mockery throwing them out there if they dont like doing it and the ice ice garbage

    • strictlythedanks - Jan 30, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      So why are you arguing against it being in a state that actually sustain quality ice then?

      You illogical mofo

    • cofran2004 - Jan 31, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      See, they guys who play in the game have all said they DO like it though. Yeah, they complain about the ice, but they all love the experience. It’s like going to dinner at your favorite restaraunt… with your in laws. Yeah, its awesome that you’re there… but there’s still that one sucky thing you wish you didn’t have to deal with.

  6. xdj511 - Jan 30, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Hah, the reason why the winter classic hadn’t been played in NY yet was because the Mets and Yankees both balked at having the game in their stadiums. Now they can’t get enough of it!

    Even though the Rangers are 3-0, I think I’ve had my fill of outdoor games for now. If they want to do an outdoor game at Citi Field… it can be the Islanders and… ooh… Pittsburgh… yeah… Pittsburgh… those two love to beat up on each other.

    Make it happen, Gary!

    • shortsxit34 - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      Let it be the Rangers again. Then they can be facing each other in their 4th outdoor game each, while more than half the league hasn’t gotten one.

  7. penguins87and71 - Jan 30, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    In my opinion if the NHL keeps scheduling so many outdoor games a year it’s going to ruin the outdoor games. I think the NHL should only have 3 outdoor games a year. The Winter Classic: Two American teams playing, The Heritage Classic: Two Canadian teams playing, and one outdoor stadium series game: Canadian team VS American team.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Jan 30, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      I agree with you that there are to many that is going to ruin it. However, here is how you fix it:

      1. Winter Classic featuring 2 American teams
      2. Heritage game featuring 2 Canadian teams
      3. All-Star Game.

      Nobody cares about the All-Star Game. This would possibly entice non-casual fans to watch the best players on the ice, more than hardcore fans do now. Plus it’s an exhibition game where if the ice is crappy (*Brodeur*) then nobody gives a crap.

      • tdrusher225 - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:18 PM

        That’s a great idea

      • cofran2004 - Jan 31, 2014 at 10:49 AM

        Someone send this idea to the league. I can’t believe no one has thought of it yet!

        Thumbs up sir, thumbs up.

    • pirovash88 - Jan 30, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      I don’t mind your idea, but why not start with actually keeping the Winter Classic an all American showdown? Canadians already have the Heritage Classic, keep their teams out of the Winter Classic.

  8. Gord - Jan 30, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    All Star game is an interesting idea because players don’t have to play in it if they don’t want(they get a fine but whatever). It would be interesting to see how many accepted/declined an outdoor all star game. Could be very telling…

  9. multiplemiggs - Jan 30, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Just make the entire playoffs outside haahha

  10. nicofthenorthstar - Jan 30, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Oh miggs, isn’t there an NBA article you should be commenting on?
    And yes, MN is the most obvious place for an outdoor game, particularly given the locales that have already received the honor. The ice is almost guaranteed to be good. Two newish venues (the U of MN football stadium or Target field), either of which would be a great fit. And guaranteed sell out of the event and any surrounding festivities. Of course there are other states where people play and love the game, but none equal the level of involvement per capita. MN’s hockey culture truly is unrivaled in the US. It’s absurd that it hasn’t happened yet.

    • strictlythedanks - Jan 30, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      miggs is your typical ignorant poster who knows little to nothing about the sport of hockey.

  11. csilojohnson - Jan 30, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Oh the irony..

  12. deadrabbit79 - Jan 30, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Everybody is a keyboard toughguy in the web, i love it! Ok so im from NY and a NYI fan and i say the games need to be spread out to increase and maintain interest. I also say enough with Pitt, Philly, and Wash whi have/will both have already played in two winter classics and the NYR who have played 3 outdoor games. Minn, Col, St.Louis, Toronto, Montreal, perhas Dallas, Carolina to name a few are all capable climate wise to have outdoor games. Edj511: the reason the Winter Classic has never been at Yankee Stadium is not because they didnt want it. Its because they have that god awful Pinstripe Bowl every year right before New Years.

  13. deadrabbit79 - Jan 30, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Strictlythedanks: what state has the right climate for pond hockey? And what are the right conditions? Im asking cause you seem to know

    • strictlythedanks - Jan 30, 2014 at 8:25 PM

      Cant be above 25 degrees Id say, you could get the right conditions in upstate NY or in places like Boston o but as we saw with NYC the ice was hardly acceptable. Minnesota has outdoor rinks that stay open for almost half the year because the weather allows for that, so it would be ideal.

  14. deadrabbit79 - Jan 30, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Strictly……i would agree with you but the temps in NY were well below 25 degrees for both games and the days and nights around the games, having been there last night i speak from experience

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