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Sharks to host Kings at Levi’s Stadium on Feb. 21

Aug 6, 2014, 12:20 PM EDT

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What better day than San Jose Sharks day on PHT for the NHL to make the speculation official — the Sharks will host the Los Angeles Kings in an outdoor game on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.

The evening game (7 p.m. ET) will be played at the brand new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, home of the San Francisco 49ers. Which may, admittedly, be a disappointment for those who’d hoped it would be held at picturesque AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants. But the larger capacity of the football stadium (approx. 70,000) compared to the baseball park (approx. 40,000) likely played a role in the decision.

“This event celebrates the growth of the great game of hockey in San Jose and recognizes the incredible support and passion of Sharks fans all over Northern California,” said John Tortora, the Sharks’ COO. “We know our fans will bring the electrifying atmosphere of SAP Center at San Jose to Levi’s Stadium on Feb. 21 and we are looking forward to showcasing Sharks Territory outside and under the lights.”

The game will be broadcast by NBCSN and Hockey Night in Canada.

  1. kingme30 - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    This is a terrible idea. If you are going to put an outdoor game in a warmer climate, you HAVE to go with a place that has scenery. Not 40 miles south of one of the most beautiful cities in the US. Really bad move by the NHL.

    • hockeysox161 - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      This stadium is actually very close to San Jose. Why would you want to host a “home” game an hour away in San Fran? I love this idea.

    • sjsharks86 - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      Although it’ll probably be colder in SF, the humidity is also much higher there which could wreak havoc with the ice. Also Levi’s is less than 10 minutes away from the Tank, so it makes more sense logistically. Also no one in SF gives a $#!t about hockey, I lived there for a year and its almost impossible to go out and watch a game somewhere because people would rather watch a high school football game than the Sharks. I agree AT&T would have been much more scenic though.

  2. pirovash88 - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    I think i may actually drive up North for this game. Kings V Ducks game at Dodger Stadium was a lot of fun.

  3. mshantz22 - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Great. More outdoor games that aren’t the winter classic.

    • mgp1219 - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      @mshantz – I couldn’t agree more! The idea of a winter classic has lost it’s lustre with all of these outdoor games. Overkill….

  4. sjsblitz - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Brand new Stadium, why not? As a Shark/9ers fan Im looking forward to the 8 hour drive from So Cal

  5. lordfletcher - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    I am already sick of outdoor games, thanks NHL

    • justanotherphillyfan - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      Plus one..

      In 3 years from now they will advertise about a hockey game between the Rangers and Flyers in Madison Square Garden ( Manhattan, New York ) Can you imagine what they would look like, #crazy and #sold_out

      The NHL will become like Coca Cola, first they advertise 25 different flavors, Light, Cherry, Vanilla, ZERO and when that becomes main stream they will bring back the good old Classic Coke.

  6. nyrnashty - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    too many outdoor games now, the idea is ruined. The NHL should’ve just stuck to one a year. Why pay the overpriced ticket price for a terrible seat? You’re better off watching from home, at least you have a good view!

  7. hookersdontsnuggle - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    should’ve had it at the coliseum in oakland

    • ju8686 - Aug 6, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      I don’t think you can freeze raw sewage …

    • scout202sport - Aug 7, 2014 at 7:56 AM

      That stadium is a dump

  8. Brian - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    “What better day than San Jose Sharks day on PHT for the NHL to make the speculation official — the Sharks will host the Los Angeles Kings in an outdoor game on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.”

    As if you guys didn’t know they’d announce it today when you were doing your little preview schedule. C’mon, you work for NBC.

    • gallyhatch - Aug 6, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again, the ‘writers’ are the biggest trolls on PHT.

  9. billiam55 - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    enough with the cali teams. how about colorado, minnesota, st. louis, montreal??! DO DIFFERENT TEAMS/PLACES. if its gonna be the same dam thing then why bother with this stupid event

    • sjsblitz - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      California >Jealous non Californian Teams/fans

      • strictlythedanks - Aug 6, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        Colder states with an actual outdoor hockey tradition >>>>>>>Cali teams and their many bandwagon fans (lookin at you kings)

      • cybernetikghost - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:01 PM

        Just going to jump in to say that neither of you are using the “greater than” symbol correctly.

        Correct: L.A. Kings > Your team
        Incorrect: “My self-appointed possession of the game of hockey >>>>>> how I feels about people that don’t have to shovel snow, brah”

      • billiam55 - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:24 AM

        sjsblitz no one is jealous of a team that blew a 3-0 series lead.

  10. beepbeepbeeplgb - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    wonder if it is true that the blues couldn’t participate in this ever because it’s a Coors event and the only place they could have it is Busch Stadium. hope they could figure something out w/ that someday. i’d love to go to a hockey game at busch, it’d sell out in minutes too.

    • avfanforlife - Aug 6, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      Obvious answer – Blues vs. AV’s at COORS Field!

  11. ronniethec - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Great rivalry renewed. It’s SoCal vs NoCup. Whoops. Typo. Should be NoCal. Wait. No it shouldn’t.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      There wouldn’t even be a SoCal without NorCal’s water. SoCal sucks!

  12. areaman714 - Aug 6, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    From the picture, it looks like the only decent view of the ice is all those luxury boses and suites on the left side. The common folks seats seem too recessed for any kind of view.

  13. ronniethec - Aug 6, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    It so happens that out of 30 teams, only 6 have a longer following, hence more tradition than the kings. I have been going to kings games since 71 and can say without hesitation that the kings have had large legion of very loyal fans since back then. So stop with this bandwagon crap. 2 cups in the last 2 seasons and more to come. Live with it.

  14. ronniethec - Aug 6, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Typo. 2 cups in the last 3 seasons.

  15. avfanforlife - Aug 6, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    I’m actually starting to agree with the fans here that think these games are a bit much now…

    The Winter Classic was an Awesome idea… An extra game or two called “Stadium Series”? OK – Not a bad idea….. Now it really is overkill. Totally GREAT for the fans whose teams are actually playing, but having the same teams get to play over and over again led to many games that I didn’t even bother to tune in to; like the LA/Ducks game, and I am originally from LA and was a huge Dodgers fan w season tickets at Dodger Stadium growing up!

  16. chief361 - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    my prediction for this game: san jose takes a 3-0 lead through two periods, blows it in he third and loses 4-3.

  17. scout202sport - Aug 7, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    This will be a lot of fun! I don’t know why some of you people are complaining about having more outdoor games. It’s good for the league, good for our wonderful sport of hockey and great for the fans! I can’t believe there are people that are actually upset about this. Stop complaining and enjoy the game!!

  18. pantherpro - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Kings you suck! Can wait to crush you. How many Kings fans know what icing is?

    • 22yearsagotoday - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      I’m a Kings fan, and I know what icing is: it’s the frosting on top of cake.

  19. ronniethec - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    I am a kings fan and if I am correct, icing is what the Sharks do with the puck when the kings are in the Sharks zone. The question that needs to be asked is, do the Sharks fans know what the Stanley Cup looks like? If not, they will find out opening night.

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