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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old July 1st, 2007, 03:11 Thread Starter
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Ice Bowl - Outdoor NHL game in the US?

Penguins may play in 'Ice Bowl'

The NHL wants to stage an outdoor game on Jan. 1, 2008, and the Penguins have informed the league they would be willing to participate -- as the visiting team.

"We were called by the league to see if we were interested in hosting, but we had to decline because all of our focus right now is on the new arena and an event like (an outdoor game) is an enormous task in itself," team vice president of communications Tom McMillan said Friday.

"We would be open-minded to doing something in the future, but only after the arena gets done. But we told the league we would gladly participate as the visitors."

NHL officials would not comment, but the league is believed to favor an outdoor game, tentatively titled "Ice Bowl," that would air on NBC on New Year's Day -- likely opposite college football bowl games.

According to ESPN, the league was thought to favor Pittsburgh, Buffalo or Detroit as a possible site for the "Ice Bowl."

McMillan said that the league's interest in having the Penguins participate in the game was no surprise given the star power of Pittsburgh players such as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

The league reportedly desires at least one U.S. team involved in "Ice Bowl," which would be a spin-off to the Heritage Classic that took place in November 2003 between the Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens. That game, played at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium, drew a crowd of nearly 60,000 and was played in sub-zero temperatures.

The Heritage Classic was the first NHL game played outdoors and attracted the largest live audience to watch a league contest. However, it was not televised live in the United States.
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QUITE A SIGHT: Spartan Stadium is electric with college hockey.

The new world record for attendance at a single hockey game, set Oct. 6 in Spartan Stadium. Michigan and Michigan State skated to a 3-3 tie.

If they really want to attract a huge crowd and shatter the record they should hold an Original 6 day at the Big House (Michigan Stadium) where they could draw over 100,000 especially if they had all the original 6 teams playing each other in a triple header. For example Leafs vs Habs, Red Wings vs Blackhawks and Rangers vs Bruins, tickets will be cheap like $10 each with the money going to charity and it could happen because Leaf fans travel like crazy, same with Habs fan, while in Michigan if we can sell out a college hockey game at Spartan Stadium then i'm sure we could do the same with the NHL and the Wings. I can honestly see this happen, they can do it on a Saturday like CBC does with Hockey day in Canada and just have at as an all day event on NBC.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old July 1st, 2007, 16:27
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the heritage classic was just that, CLASSIC!...i think the NHL should do more of them.
looking forward to watching this one.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old July 1st, 2007, 19:53
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they were planning to make an Islanders - Rangers game at Yankees Stadium, which I though was dumb, better atmosphere at the Garden and Nassau
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This is easy free publicity for the NHl.

Imagine a having a hockey game at Yankee stadium in their final season. It would be great stars would show up and the NY media would go crazy for it. Too bad Bettman couldn't organize a bingo game at a nursing home, this idea is too good for Bettman to actually do.
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