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‘We know of the interest’: NHL commissioner Bettman on stadium series event in Minnesota

May 7, 2014, 2:00 AM EDT

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It would seem like a perfect fit to one day have an outdoor, stadium series game in Minnesota, doesn’t it?

According to an interview with National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman and conducted by Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, that appears to be a strong possibility. And it could happen quickly, too.

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

The Wild continues its quest to host a Winter Classic. But there are plans to bring a stadium-series game to Minnesota as soon as next season.

The Wild wants the opponent to be the Blackhawks, but the NHL is pushing the Dallas Stars as the opponent. If the game happens, it looks as if it will be played at Target Field.

“We know of the interest. You know I was here looking at venues. I have nothing to announce, but,” Bettman told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “we’re very focused.”

Bettman also recently touched on the topic of NHL expansion.

  1. slickvb82 - May 7, 2014 at 2:24 AM

    Minnesota deserves it, its the State of Hockey for gosh sakes! I do understand the leagues point of view though, ratings, its all about ratings on these games. Obviously big market, original 6 teams are going to get the first look and also the reason for the high success rate of both Winter Classic & Stadium Series last year. Bettman has to understand though, MN fans never wanted our “original 12” team, the North Stars to leave and he allowed that atrocity to happen. Hence the reason for the Stars as a possible suitor for the game. I personally like the Stars, Avs or Blues.

    • avscup - May 7, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      Slick, we don’t always agree but on this we do for sure. Plain and simple, no place deserves a stadium series more than MN! It’s a damn shame it has not happened yet. I just hope it is against Dallas! Colorado deserves one also! Denver would be a great place to have an outdoor game at mile high! Against St. Louis or Chicago!

      Get it done already in MN for sure though!

      • slickvb82 - May 7, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        Wow, did we just have a moment?! haha ok all kidding aside I appreciate the response. It really is a shame if you think about it, but the way it sounds is next year is all but set in stone. I 100% agree Colorado deserves one as well. Right now I would say the Hawks or Stars as well, but if you did get one in the near future and after our first round maybe MN would even be a fun match up to watch one day? Here’s to hoping for both teams, cheers!

    • blomfeld - May 8, 2014 at 12:01 AM


      Bettman = enterprise and vision ! :)

  2. canucks30 - May 7, 2014 at 5:19 AM

  3. justintimezone - May 7, 2014 at 6:45 AM

    Bettman really needs to just fall into a bottomless pit.

    • joey4id - May 7, 2014 at 10:43 AM

      If it wasn’t for Bettman the state of the game would not be what it is today. Yes! The lockouts suck, but you sometimes have to take 1 step back to move 2 steps forward.

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 7, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      Anyone who laments Bettman & Goodell don’t really understand the set-up in the leagues. Both are mouth-pieces for the owners. People should really just give up blaming them for anything that happens in their leagues. They have been given a direction by the owners and asked to take the league in that direction.

      Multiple billionaires are telling the millionaire what to do, not the other way around.

      And the game absolutely would be where it is today with or without Bettman, the owners could have hired someone else and they still would have asked him to attempt to get a piece of the South East market. The owners still would have attempted to increase scoring, eliminate ties, noticed concussions.

      Giving these guys much blame or credit is folly

      • chunkala - May 7, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        So NHL owners hired an ex-NBA administrator to implement NBA-like policies they’ve always dreamed of? Please.
        After his hire, Bettman alone brought up all the dispicable NBA policies that have backfired for NHL – playoff format, southern expansion, lower scoring (non-NBA here).

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 7, 2014 at 12:10 PM

        Only a fool thinks Bettman wasn’t hired because of marketing. That’s exactly why he was hired. The same fool thinks Bettman makes any major moves without approval from his bosses.

        And only an idiot and coward doesn’t make an attempt at getting a piece of the South East market.

        Every single owner in the NHL wanted whoever they made commish attempt to get a piece of that pie.

        I need to stop replying to complete idiots who barely have an understanding of the business.

      • joey4id - May 7, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        “And the game absolutely would be where it is today with or without Bettman” That’s pure speculation. Why didn’t Gil Stein or John Ziegler accomplish the growth seen under Bettman’s reign? One word, “credentials’. Bettman hails from the same law form as former NBA commissioner Stern. This is the same law form that represented the NHL and NBA during their respective lockouts. So, don’t underestimate Bettman’s lead. Yes he’s given a mandate, but, his ability to execute is what makes him invaluable for the past and continued growth of the league.

  4. flyboystransport - May 7, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Would be great to see either team in an out door game in minny

    • guitarisgood4u - May 7, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      Is this insinuating Dallas playing an outdoor game in Minnesota against someone other than the Wild?
      That would be an outrage, and just plain awkward if they wore the N*

  5. purpleguy - May 7, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    I’m for Dallas if Norm Green shows up, stands in the infield of Target Field, and is forced to participate in a snowball fight with 15 lucky fans.

    • ignath - May 7, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      Snowball fight…I thought he should have to stand in net sans gear and let some lucky fans take slappers at the goal. Is the winner the first to score or the first to hit Norm? Which is the real goal? 😉

  6. guitarhunterdude - May 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    It’d be really nice to have a watchable product playing on Target Field for a change. I’m all for it.

    • ignath - May 7, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      Oh so true…the life of a Minnesota sports fan.

  7. lordfletcher - May 7, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    I personally don’t understand why it would be at Target Field and not the bank (TCF Bank)

    football field is much better for all than baseball stadium. IMO.

    • JB (the original) - May 7, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      Agreed. I’ve seen those outdoor games in ballparks on the tube, and even in the front row it looks like you’re a mile away from the action. I think that’s the only reason they come up with those gawdawful uni’s for the stadium series–you’re so far away they need to make them stand out as much as possible so you can tell what’s going on. My thought is with the Vikes and Gophers both at the “Bank” the next few years, plus all the retrofitting that will be done for the Vikings/NFL, there probably isn’t a weekend timeslot with a couple days on either side that would allow for a rink to be set up there. Because really, if you’re doing outside hockey, TCF Stadium is laid out perfectly for closeness of fans to the ice, sightlines, etc.

      • JB (the original) - May 7, 2014 at 1:57 PM

        Hmm. That said, if it were held in the middle/end of February, it should be available and still cold out…..

  8. joey4id - May 7, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Bruins’ fans dish on the Habs and their fans. Habs’ fans dish on the Bruins and their fans. What’s wrong with this picture? Nothing. Partisanship numbs the brain thus preventing its user’s ability to rationalize and remain objective.

  9. 950003cups - May 7, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    They should have one there for sure.

  10. darksidecowboy - May 7, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    As a Dallas Stars fan I think the Stars shouldn’t wear any Northstar jerseys to prevent a riot in Minnesota. We know the fans up there still cherish the Northstars. One thing we do know though is that there will be tons of green. Already looking up flights and looking forward to getting a rivalry going.

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