Sources: Sharks Expected To Host NHL Outdoor Game in '15
The Sharks are “expected to host an outdoor game in the Bay Area next season,” according to sources cited by Kevin Kurz of CSNBAYAREA.com. The venue “has not been decided,” but will either be AT&T Park in S.F. or Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto is “no longer thought to be among the options.” The Sharks’ opponent for the game also is “yet to be determined.” Kurz wrote AT&T Park would "probably be the better option for both the league and the Sharks," as it would "provide breathtaking visuals for a national broadcast much like NHL games at Wrigley Field and Fenway Park in the past." It could also "help the Sharks to grow the game" locally in the S.F. area, and "be easier to fill to capacity, as AT&T Park holds 41,503 fans as compared to the 68,500 seats at Levi’s Stadium." Meanwhile, the Capitals “will host” the ‘15 Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at a venue “yet to be officially named” (CSNBAYAREA.com, 6/2). Sharks COO John Tortora yesterday said the team remains “in the running” to host an outdoor game in ’15. However, Tortora said that “nothing is official” (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 6/3).