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Report: Outdoor game in Minnesota is ‘going to happen next year’

Jun 21, 2014, 12:35 PM EDT

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Fans in Minnesota have been clamoring for an outdoor NHL game to be played there for years and now it looks like their wish is going to come true.

According to Michael Russo of The Star Tribune, the Minnesota Wild will not be hosting an outdoor game in the 2014-15 season, but will have one coming their way for the 2015-16 season.

Russo’s word from a NHL insider said the league tried to get a Stadium Series game against the Dallas Stars scheduled for the upcoming season in February at Target Field, but they weren’t able to get logistics figured out for other events (college and high school games) to be fit into the schedule.

There were also concerns over what the condition of the field would be with the date coming so close to the start of baseball season.

All of those issues apparently wouldn’t be an issue for the following season as Russo shared.

The league source said, “At the end of the day, both of us determined that next year would be better. It’s going to happen next year.”

It’s probably true Wild fans will be upset knowing the game won’t happen in the upcoming season because of , but the fact they want to bring the old franchise back to town (the Stars) to be part of the game should get everyone excited for it to possibly happen in 2016.

For now it seems Minnesota fans’ patience will be rewarded, they’ll just have to use a little bit more to bide their time. With things still being up in the air, the possibility they host a Winter Classic is still out there. At the very least, a Stadium Series game would keep fans happy.

Now the biggest question out of this: Would Wild fans be able to handle seeing Dallas possibly sporting North Stars jerseys for the game?

  1. sjsharks66 - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    But Gary Buttman HATES Minnesota!

  2. credible316 - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    1st: Very excited but disappointed in the venue, TCF would have been perfect. The huge empty space between the rink and fans at baseball stadiums looks so bad.

    2nd: If the Stars come to town dawning the old “N” jerseys, we might burn that mofo down.

    • strictlythedanks - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      I have to disagree with you on the venue, I think target field is a way classier joint to host it. In TCF you still have massive gaps between the rink and the stands. At target field since the walls are high they could actually have temporary bleachers lining the out field (specifically right field), which is my hope.

      I guess we shall see though.

    • darksidecowboy - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      As a Stars fan I can’t wait for this, checking out flights asap. I also know it would be a pretty ballsy move for Dallas to wear the beloved Northstar logo especially in Minny. Most likely Stars will wear the cup jerseys from 99′. Plus I think Dallas will have a very competitive team in two season, lookout!

    • lordfletcher - Jun 21, 2014 at 8:48 PM

      agreed and going to post along with you

      1. Excited but honestly don’t care that much anymore, should have happened two years ago (I don’t care that they weren’t competitive – hockey is played outdoors in MN)

      2. Venue is terrible. Needs to be at “the bank” TCF Bank / U of M…. huge fail by Gary and Wild brass for allowing this!

      3. Dallas. Really!!!! of all the teams. Great. I get to watch an outdoor game with the team that our team should still be…..

      4…. out of excuses but I will be there…. buying a jersey…. getting drunk…. and giving about $400 to the NHL, so they win when its all said and done… my b%tching goes no where but their pockets

      • credible316 - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:58 PM

        Well if you have another ticket and you twisted my arm, I suppose I could go with ya…if I have to.

  3. nelkow - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Interested to see who they would put them up against, dallas would be the obvious choice imo. Both teams will be really fun to watch by then.

  4. therealjr - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Big mistake by the NHL in the whole North Stars fiasco by not making those clowns leave the name and logo behind (a la Cleveland Browns).

    • darksidecowboy - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      As a Stars fan i agree, it belongs in Minnesota. Would be curious to what they would have called the team if so. Cue the brokeback mountain cowboy jokes or anything to do with BBQ or steers.

      • nj666 - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:34 PM

        I don’t know, The star is a pretty big symbol for most things Texas.

      • lordfletcher - Jun 21, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        but it was really a big symbol for all of hockey in MN… just saying :)

        you are right but the North Stars along with the Blackhawks were / are two of the best jerseys in the entire league… add other favs like Quebec and Philly for me but the North Stars Greens were soooooooo cool! I like the Whites look better (cleaner) but the greens… oh my. Sad :'(

  5. drewsylvania - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    I hope the cold climate makes for better ice.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      The ice actually gets more brittle and slower as it gets colder, when they had the outdoor game in Calgary it coincided with a huge cold snap here, the game time temperature was in the -20’s celcius and they ended up not being able to use the Zamboni on the ice in fear that it would break it, the used shovels and hoses to resurface the ice.

  6. greatmiamisportsmind - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Damn it, since Los Angeles and San Jose will both have hosted outdoor games before Minnesota, my dream of the Lightning taking on my Panthers at Sun Life Stadium before Minnesota got one is now dead.

    • nj666 - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      It could happen in the same season..

  7. adamal17 - Jun 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    I’m glad Mini is finally getting one of these games…I still think it should have been this coming season. Nothing against the west coast Cali teams (the Kings and Ducks are great for bringing in more “un-traditional” fans to our great sport) but two years in a row in California for outdoor games is a bit of a dig at states that haven’t had the pleasure to experience one of these games. I’ve been to each game in Michigan (the Wings and UofM) at the Big House and it was a great spectacle. I’m still for playing fair with our neighbors to the North and having Canada get one game a year and USA getting one. IMHO Mini would have been the right choice this coming year (because I really think year three of the Suter/Parise combo will be strong cup contenders this coming year) and San Jose in 2014/2015. But i’m happy that the fans in Mini are finally getting the outdoor game they deserve.

  8. skolvikesskol - Jun 21, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Good lord, who cares? The Wild should focus on winning, not publicity gimmicks. In the meantime can we sell the rights to the phrase “Hockey State” to the real hockey state of California? They deserve it so much more.

    • strictlythedanks - Jun 21, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Oooooo look what the cat dragged in, that inbred fudge packer fan whose state can’t handle an nhl team. Your jealousy is priceless.

      • lordfletcher - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:21 AM

        this clown Skolvikesskol has to be a packers fan trolling Wild forums ???


        Jesus, I thought my life was depressing

  9. moogro - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Wild vs. Jets outside in Roseau would be intense.

    • wayoffpiste - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      oh my god, this is the best idea I have heard. Seriously, great idea.

      Even if it had to be in Minneapolis, I would still like to see it with the Jets.

  10. rsmaggiemae - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    What a kick in the arse to the loyal Wild fans of Minny
    Anyone else but the Stars…… Winnipeg.Blackhawks, I dont care but not Dallas.
    I for one, will not pay to see this game in person…. i am not going to waste my money on this game……what a shame to pick Dallas. just keep rubbing it into the fans of Minnesota…
    Who else will come, Modano????
    This is just what the hockey fans of Minny dont need ….

  11. wpghawksfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    As a Jets fan who has been down to Minni for a couple of the head to head matchups against the Wild and have made some great new friends while down there, I would love to see a Winnipeg/Minnesota matchup outdoors! Wouldn’t be one bit surprised that when the Jets get an outdoor game in a couple years it’ll be the Wild as the opponent. Really love this growing rivalry!

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