So far,the NHL has hosted all of its Winter Classic games in the East Coast, but that could change in the next few years.
According to Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area, the San Jose Sharks are “in the running” to host a game outdoors in 2014-2015. While the game wouldn’t be the Winter Classic, it would be just the second outdoor game to be played in California.
The first will take place this upcoming season on Jan. 25, when the Los Angeles Kings face the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. NHL Chief Operating Officer John Tortora says that if all goes well with that game, they will “seriously consider” having the Sharks host an outdoor game in the Bay Area.
The venue for such an event has not been determined, but Kurz suggests that AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, is a great option with its picturesque view of the bay. Hosting a game there during the wintertime would also not interfere with the baseball season.
The NHL is set to host six outdoor games in 2014, starting with the Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at the Big House in Michigan. According to ESPN, games will also be taking place in New York, Chicago, and Vancouver.