Report: NHL might cut back to two outdoor games for 2014-15
JUN 17, 2014 2:23p ET
Critics of the NHL’s decision to vastly expand its slate of outdoor games last season might be in luck.
According to Sportsnet’s John Shannon, the league likely will take the game outside just twice in 2014-15, with one event — the Winter Classic at Washington’s Nationals Park — already confirmed.
And as for the second contest, could San Jose fans be in luck?
Expect the NHL to have only 2 outdoor games during the 2014-15 NHL Regular season. We know 1 is in DC.— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) June 17, 2014
Sounds like the 2nd outdoor game next season for the NHL will be in the Bay Area...either AT&T Park or the new Levi's Stadium.— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) June 17, 2014
Shannon’s report comes after the 2013-14 schedule included a record six outdoor games: the Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, Mich., the Heritage Classic in Vancouver and the Stadium Series, which featured two games at Yankee Stadium, one at Soldier Field and another at Dodger Stadium.
While the report that the NHL has decided to keep more games in traditional hockey venues is not surprising — commissioner Gary Bettman said as much last month, though he declined to give specifics — it does stir up curiosity about which team, and which venue, would host the second outdoor game.