Well, we are in the throes of summer. Since it’s quite hot in my hometown, what better way to think cool thoughts than to posit about outdoor hockey?
This January, the NHL is having a record number of games in football or baseball stadiums: five. This includes the 2014 Winter Classic at The Big House, the 2014 Heritage Classic at BC Place (which has a roof) and Stadium Series games in Chicago, New York (twice) and Los Angeles.
It’s not too early to start thinking about where the NHL should look for Winter Classic host stadiums for 2015, 2016 and beyond. Here are eight venues that haven’t hosted an NHL game before that could potentially host.
For each, I’m suggesting a matchup, bearing in mind that all but two outdoor games have featured either the Pittsburgh Penguins or an Original Six franchise, but relatively few have been rivalry games.
Unless specified, capacity of the stadium is for football or soccer.