The idea was named the ‘Stadium Series’ and the response from the fans was tremendous. The series was well received by everybody involved with the sport and it was decided to make it a regular part of the NHL calendar. The latest edition is now around the corner, so grab your cheap Stadium Series tickets and drop by to see hockey at its best live. The Stadium Series features regular season games that are played at outdoor venues. The last series saw seven teams taking part in these fixtures, all of which were held in three different venues. These venues are usually football or baseball arenas that see an ice rink added to the center.
The idea of outdoor hockey games was touted in 1954 and the Detroit Red Wings played the first such fixture against the Marquette Pirates, a team of inmates from the Michigan’s Marquette Branch Prison. Two years later, the Boston Bruins played a series of five exhibition games in outdoor venues against lower division opposition. The first proper game to take place outdoors was between the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers who faced off on a Las Vegas parking lot that had been converted in to an ice rink for just that contest.
The first official regular season game played outdoors was held in 2003 between the Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens. This was called the ‘Heritage Classic’ and it has been held a total of three times, featuring seven Canada based teams to date. A similar game was played between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres and this series was called the ‘Winter Classic’ which became a regular fixture for the teams based in the U.S.A.
By the 2013 and 2014 seasons, the NHL had warmed up to the idea of having regular outdoor games. Thus, the 2014 campaign brought with it an unprecedented six outdoor games, four of which were part of the Stadium Series. The reaction of fans was immense with rising numbers in attendance as well as television ratings being recorded throughout the series. It was very well received by the players and the coaches involved in the games as a welcome change to the usual ice rinks the games are played at. The arrival of the latest NHL season marks the return of the Stadium Series as well. Some of the best players in the sport today will square-off against each other this year in famous outdoor arenas. Grab your Stadium Series tickets and watch every minute of the action live.