Long before the NHL came together and established itself as one of the most fast-paced and entertaining sports the world, ice hockey was played on frozen ponds and lakes by passionate individuals who cared not about the outside conditions. In an homage to the past and a nod to the possibilities of the future, the NHL has been staging a series of outdoor games at some of the most well recognized stadium venues over the past few seasons.
This year’s fleet of NHL Outdoor Games is easily the best in history, highlighted by the 2014 Winter Classic. Fans who have attended games in previous years in big-time stadiums throughout the East have marveled at the beautiful combination of professional ice hockey and the outdoor elements. Previous games have taken place underneath gentle rain or snowfall, and players have grown accustomed to stepping it up a notch in terms of intensity. This makes Stadium Series Hockey games a lot like a playoff atmosphere.
The typical NHL stadium holds about 20,000 fans, but the venues that have been selected to host the 2014 Outdoor Stadium Series can hold several times that amount. Hockey fans should begin to plan the final week in January around a handful of opportunities to purchase 2014 Stadium Series Hockey tickets.
The Los Angeles Kings will square off against the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium on January 25, bringing the outdoor theme to the West Coast. The following day, the New York Rangers will play the New Jersey Devils on a frozen rink nestled perfectly into the confines of Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
A second game at one of baseball’s most impressive stadiums will take place three days later on Wednesday, January 29 as the Rangers take on the New York Islanders in front of what is sure to be a sold-out crowd. Passionate fans of both legendary squads will turn out to represent their team and witness the historic hockey game. Soldier Field will be the site of a Saturday, March 1 NHL Outdoor Series finale pitting the Chicago Blackhawks against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a game that could certainly have playoff implications.
It’s clear to see that the popularity of the NHL Outdoor Series is growing with each passing year, and several dates spread throughout the nation mean that you’ve been presented with a variety of opportunities. Seize them.