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Citizens Bank Park next for Winter Classic?

Posted on: April 21, 2011 1:10 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2011 1:10 pm
 

Now that the NHL has signed a new network deal, talk is heating up about which city -- and field -- will be the next to host the Winter Classic. Well, we've got a hint, courtesy of the Philadelphia Daily News .

It appears that Philadelphia could be the next host and Citizens Bank Park, not Lincoln Financial Field, the stadium.

A league source familiar with the NHL's thinking regarding the 2012 Winter Classic told the Daily News yesterday that Citizens Bank Park is a "very real possibility" to host the event.
When discussing Philly as a possible site for the annual event, many assumed the Linc, home of the Eagles, would be the target location. But when the recent NFL schedule was released, it showed the Eagles are hosting a game on New Year's Day. Apprently that wasn't an obstacle for the NHL in the first place.
Even though the 2011 Winter Classic at the Steelers' Heinz Field in Pittsburgh was considered a success, the NHL apparently prefers the coziness and layout of a ballpark as opposed to a football stadium.
Another big question that's lingering over the Winter Classic is when it will be played. Each year so far, the game was set on New Year's Day, scheduled for the early afternoon every year, although inclimate weather made it a primetime start last season. New Year's seems like it's out because, again, of the NFL. With New Year's falling on a Sunday next year, the sports monster will likely force the NHL to move to another day (New Year's Day college bowl games, too). The speculation now is that it will choose to go with New Year's Eve and there is some discussion it could be at night.

Lastly, if the Flyers are indeed the targeted team, everybody will want to know who the opponent will be. The odds-on favorite will be the Rangers, who have been mentioned as a possible host at Yankee Stadium or Citi Field. At this point, the only team that is probably safe to rule out (besides the bad and warm-weather teams) is the Penguins, who have played in the game twice, including hosting last year.

-- Brian Stubits

Comments

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2011 2:04 am
 

Citizens Bank Park next for Winter Classic?

well, the author mentioned that...nevermind, didn't see it :/



Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2011 2:02 am
 

Citizens Bank Park next for Winter Classic?

With the NFL slated for games on New Years this year they better keep that in mind, as it's going to be tough to get ratings than previous years..they might want to change the date, maybe NYE instead.



Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: April 23, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Vancover

Put it in Vancouver, BC.  I'm sure they have an outdoor arena from the olympics a few years ago.  Would be fun to see a good canadian team play.  Or Montreal.   That would be great as well.  Put a good american team in and people will watch.  



Since: Apr 8, 2007
Posted on: April 23, 2011 3:01 pm
 

Citizens Bank Park next for Winter Classic?

or commerica park



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2011 4:12 pm
 

Citizens Bank Park next for Winter Classic?

lol at some of these bloggers... "inclimate weather"?  Granted, you're only one tiny step on the sportswriter ladder below Doyel but still....

(it's "inclement".  that's not a spelling flame; that's you trying to use words you don't know.  cut it out.)



Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2011 1:31 pm
 

Citizens Bank Park next for Winter Classic?

Minnesota? how about a real hockey country!! like canada. Put it up in montreal or toronto, and have them host other original six teams. detroit, chicago, boston... and do there every year. not only would start a great tradition, but insure it to truly be "classic"



Since: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: April 22, 2011 11:28 am
 

Citizens Bank Park next for Winter Classic?

No it shouldn't be, the Flyers were just in it, get some other teams in it, host it in Michigan at the Big House.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2011 8:38 am
 

Citizens Bank Park next for Winter Classic?

Only if they DO NOT want to get ratings! Devils and Islanders are rebuilding and Rangers usually goes south towards the end of the season. Just look how they are playing now. Philly on new years day is bad idea, but new years eve would be better. 



Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 7:54 am
 

Citizens Bank Park next for Winter Classic?

Winnipeg has more real hockey fans than Philly I am sure Versus er NBC will do a great job covering the game.   Bettman is doing a great job.  The Winter Classic should replace the all star game but I don't see it getting better numbers anytime soon.  What would a classic Philly jersey look like anyways?




Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 1:52 am
 

Citizens Bank Park next for Winter Classic?

If this were to happen, the city would be a night mare, anyone whose not from philly doesnt now about the mummers parade, its an annual parade help every new years thats starts early in the morning and last all day. Every marches up broad street beggining just a few blocks from the stadium. I mean dont get me wrong i would love to see the winter classic here but im just not sure how it would work out!


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