NHL Stadium Series All But Set12:47 PM
If you're the outdoors-y type and happen to be an NHL fan, the 2013-'14 campaign should be shall we say, a tad memorable. News broke Tuesday on something we touched on earlier here, that being the advent of next season's stadium series of games to be held in the elements at some of the nation's most iconic sporting monuments. FINALLY the NHL will stage regular season contests on baseball's holy ground in the Bronx, as it has yearned to do so since the initial inception of the famed money boat we know as the annual Winter Classic. That, as we know, will be held at Michigan University's Big House to kick off the outdoor festivities on NewYear's day between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the host Detroit Red Wings as the league goes for an attendance record in the six figures.
The New York Rangers will host not one but two match ups in a 4 day span next January, taking on the local rivals Islanders and New Jersey Devils in the house that Ruth built. The LA Kings will take on next door neighbor Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium in perhaps the NHL's warmest regular season contest in its long history. The Heritage Classic will make its return for the first time since the February 20th 2011event in Calgary. The 2014 incarnation will see the Vancouver Canucks call the BC Place their home as they take on the Ottawa Senators in what has the potential to be a very stripe filled event based on the two cities' uniform history.
Whether you are for or against this vast expansion of the outdoor series of games, one thing is for certain: they will be stunning displays of our great game and will dramatically increase the value of the NHL product. An industry which was valued at approximately $3.3 billion will no doubt surpass such large economic quantities as more revenue steams will be generated in the periphery of these events. As we stated in our previous article on this topic: if you build it they will come. They will come with fists full of cash and hand them over with ease.