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(Detroit Free Press)   The Red Wings and Blackhawks outdoor game at Wrigley Field is finally official, kind of   (freep.com) divider line 50
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DD0
2008-07-06 10:51:57 PM  
I'll be there man.
 
2008-07-06 11:05:22 PM  
Might be worth the trip to Chicago if it happens.
 
2008-07-06 11:19:08 PM  
Well shiat... Looks like I'm starting my plans for a trip to Chicago for that game! :D WOOT!!

GO RED WINGS!!
 
2008-07-06 11:23:47 PM  
All aboard the Amtrak DET - CHI express. \m/
 
2008-07-06 11:26:46 PM  
gruelurks:All aboard the Amtrak DET - CHI express. \m/

fark yeah... good idea. I should hop on that train too... (Kalamazoo to Detroit)
 
2008-07-07 12:28:23 AM  
I'll definitely go but i think i'll cringe when i see the prices for tickets
 
2008-07-07 01:43:57 AM  
That's pretty damn cool. I was hoping for the Rangers/Islanders at Yankee Stadium, but this is nice, too.
 
2008-07-07 06:37:21 AM  
So it's official so long as they dont cancel it.

What was the "kind of" for subby?

/should be awesome
 
2008-07-07 06:39:59 AM  
I wonder if AWOL would be permissible for this...
 
2008-07-07 07:12:01 AM  
Please please please please please be on a Saturday so I can take the train to Chicago and be there.
 
2008-07-07 07:15:06 AM  
MIguy:Please please please please please be on a Saturday so I can take the train to Chicago and be there.

Knowing Bettman, it's probably going to be a Tuesday game at 7am. yes... AM. Because thats what you get when you screw with Bettman's plans for glory.

/tinfoil hat
//go wings
 
2008-07-07 07:58:45 AM  
Hmmmm, are there enough seats at Wrigley to garner a large attendance for this game, a la the first two Winter Classics? Wouldn't it have been better to get a football stadium?

Not intending to bash Wrigley, but I'm just saying...
 
2008-07-07 08:26:27 AM  
Doran:Hmmmm, are there enough seats at Wrigley to garner a large attendance for this game, a la the first two Winter Classics? Wouldn't it have been better to get a football stadium?

Not intending to bash Wrigley, but I'm just saying...


Wrigley field has a capacity of 41k listed on wiki. Though I'm sure that they can cram in more seats at 'ice level'.
Soldier field is 61k.

So yeah, by going to Wrigley they're cutting out about 20k worth of ticket sales. I kinda hope that they schedule this as a New Year's day game again.
 
2008-07-07 09:05:48 AM  
They are doing it at Wrigley because it is a historical building and the Sports Heart of Chicago.

GO WINGS
 
2008-07-07 09:34:45 AM  
Logic I've heard for Wrigley Field is that a long playoff run by Da Bears could prevent them from putting down a sheet of ice in Soldier Field in the kind of timely manner they need to get it right.
 
2008-07-07 09:46:20 AM  
Must. See.
 
2008-07-07 10:44:12 AM  
If I can't get tickets, this thing damn well better be televised--in Wisconsin, where I am but hockey strangely does not exist.
 
2008-07-07 10:54:55 AM  
slideaway:So it's official so long as they dont cancel it.

What was the "kind of" for subby?

/should be awesome


Not subby but they had already said Yankee stadium would be the venue,(cant remember which teams but Im gonna guess Rangers was one) then not the venue because NYC screwed them over by dragging feet. Then Pennsylvania's Governor told them they could use Penn State's stadium for a Penguins vs Flyers game. Now its Wrigley for Redwings vs Blackhawks. So I can see where subby doesnt trust em to not back out.
 
2008-07-07 10:56:20 AM  
Son of That Guy:If I can't get tickets, this thing damn well better be televised--in Wisconsin, where I am but hockey strangely does not exist.

Doesn't the University of Wisconsin have one of the top hockey teams in the country? I would've thought that there'd be some interest in the NHL based off of college/local sports there.
 
2008-07-07 10:58:17 AM  
mikaloyd:slideaway:So it's official so long as they dont cancel it.

What was the "kind of" for subby?

/should be awesome

Not subby but they had already said Yankee stadium would be the venue,(cant remember which teams but Im gonna guess Rangers was one) then not the venue because NYC screwed them over by dragging feet. Then Pennsylvania's Governor told them they could use Penn State's stadium for a Penguins vs Flyers game. Now its Wrigley for Redwings vs Blackhawks. So I can see where subby doesnt trust em to not back out.


To be fair, the original rumour I'd heard was Soldier Field/Wrigley Statium for a Chicago/Detroit game. Then New York piped up going 'memememe' so the media ran with that, but in the end the logistics wouldn't work out (similar to why Toronto couldn't host one at Skydome/Rogers Centre, the facilities apparently wouldn't work out well for making an outdoor ice surface).
 
2008-07-07 10:59:04 AM  
Son of That Guy:If I can't get tickets, this thing damn well better be televised--in Wisconsin, where I am but hockey strangely does not exist.


Shouldn't be hard to get tickets to a Wings game...oh wait. They aren't playing at home.

Playing in Chicago you say?

Yeah, tickets should be easy to come by there as well.
 
2008-07-07 11:02:05 AM  
SeaMonkey311:I'll definitely go but i think i'll cringe when i see the prices for tickets

If it's anything like the Sabres/Pens game from last year, the tickets will be somewhat reasonable...until they are all purchased by scalpers "ticket brokers" and resold for 400% the original price.
 
2008-07-07 11:07:07 AM  
Katalyst:
Shouldn't be hard to get tickets to a Wings game...oh wait. They aren't playing at home.

Playing in Chicago you say?

Yeah, tickets should be easy to come by there as well.


Poor bitter Pens fan... What will happen to the Pens' support after they fall back into mediocrity? Maybe they'll threaten to leave again.
 
2008-07-07 11:25:37 AM  
In other news, someone at NBC thinks Sidney Crosby was traded to either Detroit or Chicago.
 
2008-07-07 11:30:00 AM  
Gary Bettman, is there anything you can't fark up?

The Winter Classic (and previously, the Heritage Classic) were hits because they were something new and different. If you start doing one every year, it will become like the Hall of Fame game in baseball, the Kick-off Classic in college football, or whatever-the-hell-that-first-game-in-the-NFL-is-called.

Do an outdoor game every 3-5 years and keep it fresh. As a Pens fan, the Winter Classic ruled. Even after scalpers, my tickets only cost $75. I'm also a life-long Cubs fan and I love Wrigley, but I just don't see it being a good stadium for hockey. They should try for Wolverine Stadium or Cominsky Park.

/NBA should have an outdoor game as well
//On blacktop with chain nets
///Call your own fouls
 
2008-07-07 11:30:46 AM  
More than any other team, the Blackhawks need this.

A whole generation of people (aka the "Jordan/Friends" generation) have grown up in Chicago who aren't even aware that the city had a hockey team. Bill Wirtz nickle-and-dimed the franchise into obscurity, kept it off television, and marginalized its existence in the Chicago sports diet.

When he died, a cloud lifted. His son vowed to undo his father's miserable policies, and with new players like Kane and Toews, bring hockey back to an ancient and storied franchise.

In approving this, for once, the NHL is making all the right moves. It's just what the Blackhawks need to rejuvenate a beaten and battered team estranged from its hometown.
 
2008-07-07 11:30:57 AM  
Since I live a five minute walk from Wrigley, and I am Red Wings to the bone, I'll be first in line for tickets, maybe, but I'm going. Even though we can't beat the Hawks for some weird reason
 
2008-07-07 11:36:39 AM  
abmoraz:Gary Bettman, is there anything you can't fark up?

The Winter Classic (and previously, the Heritage Classic) were hits because they were something new and different. If you start doing one every year, it will become like the Hall of Fame game in baseball, the Kick-off Classic in college football, or whatever-the-hell-that-first-game-in-the-NFL-is-called.

Do an outdoor game every 3-5 years and keep it fresh. As a Pens fan, the Winter Classic ruled. Even after scalpers, my tickets only cost $75. I'm also a life-long Cubs fan and I love Wrigley, but I just don't see it being a good stadium for hockey. They should try for Wolverine Stadium or Cominsky Park.

/NBA should have an outdoor game as well
//On blacktop with chain nets
///Call your own fouls


Eh, I think that if it was an annual New Year's day game, and it was the only game on the schedule that day, and a proper system was worked out to share the games around so different fans had an opportunity...

The way to fark this up is if we end up having 5 or 6 outdoor games a year at different times in a year... multiple games COULD work but only if they were all on the same day, and had non-overlapping start times.

Yes, you'd be going head-to-head with college football - but some people aren't football fans.
 
2008-07-07 11:37:22 AM  
Katalyst:Shouldn't be hard to get tickets to a Wings game...oh wait. They aren't playing at home.

Playing in Chicago you say?

Yeah, tickets should be easy to come by there as well.


Tickets will probably go pretty quickly. There is renewed interest in the Hawks in Chicago and the Red Wings fans travel well. And I'm sure the NHL wasn't pushing hard for another feature game for the Pens, but something to showcase a young up-and-coming team vs. the Stan Cup champs. The league needs to have an energized Chicago fanbase, since the fans had all disappeared during the Dollar Bill Wirtz era.

/thankfully Rocky has been ∞ times better than his old man at running the team
 
2008-07-07 11:39:43 AM  
LSDemon:In other news, someone at NBC thinks Sidney Crosby was traded to either Detroit or Chicago.

Heh, I was going to make a snide remark towards that effect in my reply.

/Penguins:NBC::snausages:dogs
 
2008-07-07 11:44:52 AM  
Caeldan:Yes, you'd be going head-to-head with college football - but some people aren't football fans.

Not to mention that not many people are watching college football on NYD in Chicago, since its rare to have either Northwestern or Illinois playing that day.
 
2008-07-07 11:55:42 AM  
germ78:Not to mention that not many people are watching college football on NYD in Chicago, since its rare to have either Northwestern or Illinois playing that day.

Illinois is coming off the Rose Bowl.
 
2008-07-07 12:36:24 PM  
abmoraz:They should try for Wolverine Stadium or Cominsky Park.

The Big House is starting renovations, I believe. And as farking awesome as it would be to sell 111,000 tickets for a hockey game, I don't think the university would let them do it.

/saving up for a trip to Chicago this winter
//go Wings
 
2008-07-07 12:45:50 PM  
mandrsn1:germ78:Not to mention that not many people are watching college football on NYD in Chicago, since its rare to have either Northwestern or Illinois playing that day.

Illinois is coming off the Rose Bowl.


I know, but it's Illinois' first Rose Bowl in how long? First major bowl since 2002.
 
2008-07-07 01:01:09 PM  
Ty Conklin going for outdoor win #3.
 
2008-07-07 02:32:38 PM  
4NSpy:Ty Conklin going for outdoor win #3.

Ha! Maybe that's the secret for a team to play in an outdoor game. Just sign Conklin.
 
DD0
2008-07-07 02:37:12 PM  
slideaway:So it's official so long as they dont cancel it.

What was the "kind of" for subby?

/should be awesome


Umm because some reporter isn't the official word on what games the NHL will play?

Once the league actually announces the game, then it will be official.
 
2008-07-07 02:41:38 PM  
Screw the outdoor game for a second...
Calgary gave Bertuzzi a contract?
 
2008-07-07 02:41:43 PM  
beachmouse:Logic I've heard for Wrigley Field is that a long playoff run by Da Bears could prevent them from putting down a sheet of ice in Soldier Field in the kind of timely manner they need to get it right.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Thats the excuse? HAHAHAHAHA
 
2008-07-07 02:50:46 PM  
Awesome.

Good for Chicago.

I was at the game in Buffalo this year, and it rocked. Had a blast, even though the good guys lost.

To have a crowd like this for a hockey game, was just awesome to see and to experience.

i.cnn.net
 
2008-07-07 03:22:37 PM  
abmoraz:The Winter Classic (and previously, the Heritage Classic) were hits because they were something new and different. If you start doing one every year, it will become like the Hall of Fame game in baseball, the Kick-off Classic in college football, or whatever-the-hell-that-first-game-in-the-NFL-is-called.

Dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb.
 
2008-07-07 03:37:13 PM  
As a Wings fan, I like this a lot, even though I wish it were at a bigger stadium (I heard you couldn't have it at Soldier Field b/c of a potential Bears playoff game) like Michigan Stadium, it should be cool. I do think this will put a halt to the Wings annual New Years Eve game, but it is worth it for one year, and the exposure, the rivalry, and it being at Wrigley should make for a helluva experience for those who go.
 
2008-07-07 03:54:46 PM  
All those crackers on the north side of chicago don't understand that Wrigley is a baseball park.... I hate white people, but I love their women.
 
2008-07-07 04:23:53 PM  
abmoraz:Gary Bettman, is there anything you can't fark up?

The Winter Classic (and previously, the Heritage Classic) were hits because they were something new and different. If you start doing one every year, it will become like the Hall of Fame game in baseball, the Kick-off Classic in college football, or whatever-the-hell-that-first-game-in-the-NFL-is-called.

Do an outdoor game every 3-5 years and keep it fresh. As a Pens fan, the Winter Classic ruled. Even after scalpers, my tickets only cost $75. I'm also a life-long Cubs fan and I love Wrigley, but I just don't see it being a good stadium for hockey. They should try for Wolverine Stadium or Cominsky Park.

/NBA should have an outdoor game as well
//On blacktop with chain nets
///Call your own fouls


This makes less and less sense each time I've read it
 
2008-07-07 04:44:38 PM  
abmoraz:/NBA should have an outdoor game as well
//On blacktop with chain nets
///Call your own fouls


If it weren't NBA players playing that might be a good idea. At this point that would be a 48 minute FT contest, though.
 
2008-07-07 07:20:12 PM  
I'll have a 2 month old baby by then. I need to start scheming how I'm going to pull this one off.
 
2008-07-07 09:15:13 PM  
They ought to have an outdoor hockey game at Ohio Stadium with the Columbus Blue Jackets playing some team like the St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings, or the New Jersey Devils. The NHL, Ohio State will make millions of dollars of this.
 
2008-07-07 10:33:47 PM  
Funk Brothers:They ought to have an outdoor hockey game at Ohio Stadium with the Columbus Blue Jackets playing some team like the St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings, or the New Jersey Devils. The NHL, Ohio State will make millions of dollars of this.

The Blue Jackets vs. the Blues: ratings bonanza
 
2008-07-07 11:58:58 PM  
Usernameaboutnothing:The Blue Jackets vs. the Blues: ratings bonanza

You sound like a Michigan fan.
 
2008-07-08 05:44:24 AM  
Funk Brothers:Usernameaboutnothing:The Blue Jackets vs. the Blues: ratings bonanza

You sound like a Michigan fan.


Bite your tongue!
 
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