With reports that the NHL is only looking to host two outdoor games during the 2014-15 season, it has long-been rumored that the second game — the first being in Washington DC — would be heading back, back to California.
On Tuesday, it appears that the announcement of the game going back to the Golden State is only a matter of time.
Sounds like the 2nd outdoor game next season for the NHL will be in the Bay Area…either AT&T Park or the new Levi's Stadium.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) June 17, 2014
It’s already been reported that the San Jose Sharks expect to be the team that hosts an outdoor game this season, with the aforemention AT&T Park in San Francisco as the host venue. Sure, they can go for the big, fancy new football stadium in Santa Clara, but the home of the San Francisco Giants provides a much more picturesque setting. Plus, it would be a lot easier for the NHL and the Sharks to fill up a 40,000-seat stadium than a 70,000 seat venue in California.
No official word has come down from the NHL regarding, but is expected within the next couple of weeks, before the release of the 2014-15 schedule.
Mike’s Musings: I’ve said it before that I was never on board with the idea for warm-area outdoor games. However, with the resounding success of the game last year between Anaheim and Los Angeles in Dodgers Stadium, it only makes sense to do it again. Now the big question becomes who will the Sharks host in this outdoor game should they actually receive it.