NHL open to hosting outdoor game at U.S. Cellular Field

NHL open to hosting outdoor game at U.S. Cellular Field
January 30, 2014, 11:30 am
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Scott Krinch

The success the NHL has had in their outdoor hockey games could lead to Chicago hosting another contest. 

In 2013, the NHL has held the Winter Classic at the Big House in Michigan, back-to-back Stadium Series games at Yankee Stadium and one at Dodger Stadium. Soldier Field will host the Blackhawks and Penguins in a Stadium Series game on March 1.

The Hawks are a big draw for the NHL due to the market, star players and sponsors in Chicago.

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In 2009, the Winter Classic between the Blackhawks and Red Wings was held at Wrigley Field. And now there's talks of the NHL continuing their momentum in the Chicago market with a game being held at U.S. Cellular Field.

"Look, Chicago is a great market," NHL chief operating officer John Collins told the Chicago Sun-Times. "We’ll get through the successes of this year and we’ll be able to sit down and really figure out what the plan is going forward. But yeah, sure. Comiskey is a great park."

There will be plenty of other venues in the mix, but Collins told the Sun-Times that the NHL has already had preliminary discussions with the White Sox.