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Report: Sharks expect to host outdoor game in 2015

Jun 2, 2014, 7:53 PM EDT

The San Jose Sharks expect to host an outdoor game next season, according to’s Kevin Kurz.

There are plenty of elements that are still up in the air, however. For one thing, an opponent needs to be determined. Officials would also need to decide upon a venue for that outdoor game.

Kurz gives his take on the ideal locale:

AT&T Park would probably be the better option for both the league and the Sharks. Known as one of the most picturesque stadiums in the country, sitting on the edge of the San Francisco Bay and what’s known as McCovey Cove, it would provide breathtaking visuals for a national broadcast much like NHL games at Wrigley Field and Fenway Park in the past. It could help the Sharks to help grow the game locally in the San Francisco area, and be easier to fill to capacity, as AT&T Park holds 41,503 fans as compared to the 68,500 seats at Levi’s Stadium.

Along with AT&T Park (home of the San Francisco Giants), Kurz also mentions Levi’s Stadium. Let’s take a look at the two venues in question:

AT&T Park:

source: Getty Images

Credit: Getty Images

source: Getty Images

Credit: Getty Images

Levi’s Stadium:

source: AP

Credit: AP

source: AP

Credit: AP

Hard to top AT&T Park, eh?

While Kurz cites multiple anonymous sources, there has been plenty of discussion regarding the Sharks getting an outdoor game.

San Jose was mentioned as one of what could be four venues for outdoor games next season. Reports surfaced about the Sharks making noise about this in January. The San Francisco Giants were initially expressing their interest in February.

It should be an interesting place to watch. Considering the fact that the Sharks’ GM spoke about wanting to play for the team, not just in this locale, it could also be a fun (and surreal) place to watch an outdoor hockey game.

  1. skr213 - Jun 2, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    If they don’t do it at AT&T, it will be unfortunate. Levi’s Stadium?? Really? C’mon now, even 49ers fans don’t want to go there.

  2. nightfireop - Jun 2, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    play the kings; unless they want to have their fans rain down on the vancouver canucks (old rival before they turned terrible).

    • kaptaanamerica - Jun 2, 2014 at 11:55 PM

      Canucks will be back, Torts was a man on a mission last season. He single handedly tried to destroy the team and its fanbase and came pretty close.

      Nothing like the hate between teams and fan bases that hate each other.

  3. esracerx46 - Jun 2, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    I’ve often thought it would be cool to have an outdoor game on Lake Michigan. I don’t know how they could logistically pull it off. But having games at these stadiums doesn’t really do what they say it does. Bring the game back to its roots. Please, its a money grab. If they really wanted a throwback to pond hockey, play it on a pond….a really big pond.

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      Mystery, Alaska? Now that would be the sickest game played if if they had two NHL teams play on a pond. They seriously need to do that

      • avfanforlife - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:38 AM

        Make it a Pay-per-view event maybe? Never been tried before that’s for sure. Keep the price of the event reasonable and you’d have milllions of people tune in. I know I would. Wasn’t there an exhibition game played there years ago? This would either be a huge success of complete failure :)

  4. pensman29 - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Yeah but if they did that then they wouldn’t get the ticket sales, which like you said, is what these games are about

  5. 49faithful - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    How you going to talk about what niner fans want.. Let here facts instead of some BS comments. as for Sharks fans filling either park I believe this would be done with ease. they sell out just about every game in SJ and their are plenty of sharks fans around the Bay. Shoot I live in Salt Lake now but as soon I could I would buy a ticket to go to the game.

    • skr213 - Jun 3, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      Facts? Uhhh, maybe if you still lived here (instead of SLC) you’d know that there has been nothing but controversy with building the new 49ers stadium so far away.

      • 49faithful - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:20 PM

        As I am still a STH I think I am in tune with what is going on with the stadium. Yes some people have had issue but maybe SF should have worked with the team a lot better then they did. And maybe people SF will refuse to go to the park the team has had zero issues selling season tickets and the stadium will be packed for years to come…… So as I sit in SLC i can promise you I will be there to a packed stadium come opening day.

  6. c9castine - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    im not usually a debbie downer when it comes to these kinds of special events the NHL does. i like the winter classic and i like all star games.

    but games in these semi-tropical locations doesnt make sense to me. why? just because? because you can? what does it mean?

    its not like kids are now going to go play pond hockey in san jose. because you cant. i suppose it provides some more exposure there and can help but i dunno. for something that started out as a “return to hockey’s roots and the feeling of playing as a boy/girl” has really lost its way….

    • kaptaanamerica - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:14 AM

      hold on, “semi-tropical”? have you been to SJ? it gets pretty chilly in NorCal and Sharks fans are wandering all over NorCal up past SacTown and heading west all the way around the bay area.

      next season with some new blood a re-invigorated Canucks team would once again liven up the rivalry. you’d get thousands of Canucks fans heading down for a game like that.

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:17 AM

      I don’t think you realize that San Fran is far from semi tropical at either parts of the year. The winter it can get real cold. Look at it on the map it’s up north in California not towards the bottom like LA. It has a far better hockey following then either one of the other Cali teams does

      • c9castine - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:57 AM

        yeah ive been to san francisco i was talking more about the LA game.

        how often does the water freeze in the bay area? the lowest average temperature for a month is 46.

        get the point.

      • c9castine - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:59 AM

        and im not talking about the quality of the fan base. has nothing to do with it.

        let me isolate my last sentence. for something that started out as a “return to hockey’s roots and the feeling of playing as a boy/girl” has really lost its way….

      • c9castine - Jun 3, 2014 at 10:40 PM

        i actually lived in san fran for 3 months and the oregon coast for 4 months.

    • sharksman - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      so kids in California wont get the experience of “pond hockey” but plenty of kids today play hockey at their local ice rink and having a outdoor game here would help get kids into hockey by having a game with all the media etc of a winter classic. Also during the winter there are a lot of outdoor set up around the bay area.

      • sharksman - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        outdoor rinks , whoops

  7. greatmiamisportsmind - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Makes sense that Los Angeles and San Jose get an outdoor game before Minnesota. At this rate with Bettman and Co. my Panthers will host the Lightning at Sun Life Stadium before Minnesota gets one. What a shame.

    • avfanforlife - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      I agree, in that watching basically the same teams play in the Winter Classic year after year, and until last season, no unique teams were involved in virtually any outdoor events. It’s frustrating for so many fans. It is called the Coors Light Stadium Series, yet not 1 game yet at COORS Field? What, not cold enough in Denver? LOTS of locals still have a deep rooted hate for the Deadwings … S.R.O. for a CO vs. Det game, just sayin.

  8. thundabolt - Jun 3, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    It’s not really an issue of capacity, but rather availability. This game would likely be played in late January-early February. In that time frame, AT&T Park is open. There is no baseball going on. However, Levi’s Stadium might host the NFL Playoffs if the 49ers are in it (which is likely, IMO). With how many seats there are along with how new it is, Levi’s might make more sense in terms of pure ticket sales. However, AT&T Park would be guaranteed to be open and that’s what it will likely come down to. Plus, looking over the bay isn’t that bad either.

  9. pr0jecktpat - Jun 3, 2014 at 2:08 AM

    “I’m excited to announce the first outdoor hockey game to be played on the surface of the Sun in 2017” – Gary Bettman

  10. bayafan - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    I say play it at the coliseum.

  11. pjblake2redwings - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    sick of these stadium series games. it takes away from the Winter Classic..

    • avfanforlife - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      Nah – I think they’re all fun to watch. Winter Classic is always the same teams year after year and that is more frustrating to me anyway. The league changes up the venues for the All-Star games and the Draft so every city gets a fair shot, so where is that mentality for the W. Classic games?

  12. puchnj05 - Jun 3, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Stanford stadium?

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