Outdoor N.H.L. Hockey will debut in the N.H.L. in New Jersey in the next few years MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford is hosting a doubleheader with four teams in the league’s so-called Stadium Series.
National Hockey League has announced that the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers will meet on the same night on February 17th, while the Islanders play the Rangers the next day on the same ice.
It is expected that the league will continue to sell out outdoor regular-season games for 37 straight years, starting in 2003. in Modern form in 2003.
“It’s a big N.F.L. stadium and it’s our goal to bring it to life in a way that, frankly, we haven’t seen that much,” said Steve Mayer, the N.H.L.’s chief content officer. “We are going to get super creative and highlight the area.”
Mayer and Dean Matsuzaki, the league’s executive vice president for events, said they had long hoped to stage an outdoor game at MetLife Stadium. They said that the logistical issues are much more complex than in many other stadiums, because the Giants and Jets play there. The Jets and Giants are the two teams that play at the stadium, so there’s less time for them to prepare. They noted, however, that due to the large size of the facility, it is possible for four teams to have scheduled practice and recreation ice time, as well as time spent with their families.
On the Monday following, teams are scheduled to be off. in If bad weather on the weekend causes one or both of the games to be rescheduled. Seating capacity depends on the construction schedule for lower seating. in preparation for the 2026 FIFA men’s World Cup.
The Rangers faced the Islanders and Devils three days apart in 2014 at Yankee Stadium Stadium. The average attendance was around 50,000 per game. This was the biggest regular-season outdoor N.H.L. Michigan Stadium in In 2014 a crowd of 105.491 fans watched the Detroit Red Wings take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. This was the last outdoor hockey game. in the New York area was the Winter Classic on a frigid New Year’s Day in In 2018, 41,000 Rangers fans endured temperatures as low as 7 degrees Fahrenheit at Citi Field. in The morning peaked around 25.
Mayer said organizers hope to bolster next year’s event with additional entertainment, youth hockey games and music. Asked if they would seek New Jersey natives, like Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen to perform, Mayer asked a reporter if he had Springsteen’s phone number, adding with a laugh, “We’d like to talk to him immediately.”