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Each team would be responsible for the bulk of the cost. And it would create great buzz in their community. You mentioned the Coyotes. That's a good example of a franchise that needs to create interest as the future of the team where it is has been an ongoing issue. They would really benefit from getting people excited and involved.

And if you get a look at the player salaries these days... even journeymen players are getting multiple millions a year in salary. There is money to be had for franchises to use. Also, the NHL is working to grow the game globally. This kind of thing can be exported to other places beyond North America.
An outdoor ice hockey game in Phoenix would be an engineering marvel I would have to see to believe. I can’t believe that’s feasible?
 
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KBLEE

Montgomery, IL
There have been outdoor games at much larger stadiums than the Sox ball park. The size of the rink will fit in any ball field. And all the venues have worked OK.

It just doesn't seem right that the North Side gets multiple outdoor games and the South Side as yet has none. The Sox Owner probably hasn't even tried to get the game. But he also hasn't bothered to put a decent ball club on the field in most years so I guess that isn't surprising. Here's a thought: Have the Bulls play an outdoor game at the Sox park. That would be fun to see.
Maybe the NHL doesn't want its fans to get shot.
 
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Maybe the NHL doesn't want its fans to get shot.

Here’s a thought: One year, play it at Memorial Stadium in Champaign. Blackhawks vs. Blues. Blackhawk Red and The Lou Blue amidst a good bit of Illini Orange.

And another year: Blackhawks vs. Predators or Blue Jackets. Sort of an in-between point.

Expand the NHL footprint!

And that might also just stimulate U of I hockey!
 
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There have been outdoor games at much larger stadiums than the Sox ball park. The size of the rink will fit in any ball field. And all the venues have worked OK.

It just doesn't seem right that the North Side gets multiple outdoor games and the South Side as yet has none. The Sox Owner probably hasn't even tried to get the game. But he also hasn't bothered to put a decent ball club on the field in most years so I guess that isn't surprising. Here's a thought: Have the Bulls play an outdoor game at the Sox park. That would be fun to see.

I really enjoy the outdoor hockey and I wouldn't mind if every franchise in the NHL got to host one outdoor game a year each season. It would still keep the outdoor games special since it's only once-a-year in a city and everyone gets in on it without having to wait for years.

This has nothing to do with north side vs. south side. If you're going to do an outdoor game in Chicago, Wrigley or Soldier Field would be above Guaranteed Rate in the hierarchy of choices. The ridiculousness of the Bulls playing a game an outdoor game in the south side isn't even worth responding to as an NBA team will not give up a regular season game for a gimmick like that, especially with the time of year the NBA runs games.

The Winter Classic, Stadium Series, and Heritage Classic games would lose their uniqueness if you had every NHL team doing an outdoor game. Plus it wouldn't be feasible for most of the sun belt or west coast teams to do it aside from about a 4-6 week stretch in the winter. And there's not really good enough venues for many of the teams to play these outdoor games at.
 
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Here’s a thought: One year, play it at Memorial Stadium in Champaign. Blackhawks vs. Blues. Blackhawk Red and The Lou Blue amidst a good bit of Illini Orange.

And another year: Blackhawks vs. Predators or Blue Jackets. Sort of an in-between point.

Expand the NHL footprint!

And that might also just stimulate U of I hockey!

They're not gonna do a "neutral" site game like that in Champaign. There's nowhere near enough interest in hockey, much less the NHL, in central Illinois to make a game like that even remotely feasible.
 
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The ridiculousness of the Bulls playing a game an outdoor game in the south side isn't even worth responding to as an NBA team will not give up a regular season game for a gimmick like that, especially with the time of year the NBA runs games.

I would remind everyone that perhaps millions of guys and girls play outdoor basketball every year (and day). Just like hockey players learn to play the game outdoors on frozen ponds and rivers.

There is nothing ridiculous about playing an outdoor NBA game. It would be a unique event like the Winter Classic in hockey. And the same guy who owns the Bulls also owns the White Sox.

The place would sell-out in minutes if a game was held outdoors at Sox Park. And the fans would remember that as a special event.

A game at United Center is just another game that people will quickly forget. An outdoor game would be memorable.
 
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ChiefGritty

Chicago, IL
The ridiculousness of the Bulls playing a game an outdoor game in the south side isn't even worth responding to as an NBA team will not give up a regular season game for a gimmick like that, especially with the time of year the NBA runs games.
The NBA plays regular season games in Paris and Mexico City and the NHL's outdoor series has been wildly successful. I think its definitely worth responding to.

But the response, as you note, has to be that the inability to rely on the weather makes it a bad idea. Those college basketball aircraft carrier games are in legendarily pleasant and placid San Diego.

But there's going to be more and more of this gimmick stuff, I think the idea that the leagues will turn their nose up to it is dead wrong, they're searching for revenue growth and "special events" wherever they can.
 
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I would remind everyone that perhaps millions of guys and girls play outdoor basketball every year (and day). Just like hockey players learn to play the game outdoors on frozen ponds and rivers.

There is nothing ridiculous about playing an outdoor NBA game. It would be a unique event like the Winter Classic in hockey. And the same guy who owns the Bulls also owns the White Sox.

The place would sell-out in minutes if a game was held outdoors at Sox Park. And the fans would remember that as a special event.

A game at United Center is just another game that people will quickly forget. An outdoor game would be memorable.


The NBA season is October through April. There's precisely zero chance of a regular season outdoor game being scheduled in Chicago.
 
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The NBA season is October through April. There's precisely zero chance of a regular season outdoor game being scheduled in Chicago.

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Tommy DeVito was just interviewed during the Rangers-Islanders NHL outdoor game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Thinking back to his time when he was still on the Illini... What would be Over/Under have been back then on, "Illini QB Tommy DeVito will be interviewed at an outdoor NHL game in East Rutherford, New Jersey". And that he was going to become a cult legend.