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NHL Runs Risk Of Sucking Pizzazz From Outdoor Games With Oversaturation
Published February 22, 2011
JUMPING ON THE BANDWAGON: In Calgary, John Dowd notes the WHL drew 20,888 fans yesterday for the Regina Pats-Calgary Hitmen game, the "first WHL game to be played outdoors in Canada." There is "little wonder" the WHL would like to "stage at least one outdoor game per season following Monday's smashing success at McMahon Stadium." WHL Commissioner Ron Robison: "We've had a number of inquiries from other centres in the league, and we had a couple of teams here today observing. Certainly there's a lot of interest, but it's a major undertaking and not necessarily something we can do on an annual basis, but we're certainly going to be looking at it more in the future. I think we have room for at least one. We'd like to be part of the NHL Heritage Classic festivities moving forward." Dowd notes the "first WHL outdoor game actually was staged in Spokane last month in front of a crowd of 7,525 when the Chiefs played host to the Kootenay Ice" (CALGARY HERALD, 2/22).