Finally, the worst kept secret in the NHL has been confirmed. The San Jose Sharks will host their first outdoor game at Levi’s Stadium against the Los Angeles Kings. The game will be played on Feb. 21, 2015 at 7 pm.
After weeks and weeks of speculation, including a bit of a snafu by Ticketmaster which almost nearly gave things away a few days ago, we have finally heard from the NHL and the San Jose Sharks that they will in fact be hosting a game as part of the Coors Light Stadium Series. The only other confirmed game so far this season is the Winter Classic itself which is to occur on January 1st, 2015. That game will be between the hosting Chicago Blackhawks and the visiting Washington Capitals at Soldier Field.
No doubt this was probably the better of the two choices, the other being AT&T Park. Why? For one, the shape of the field itself is more conducive to the oval shape of the rink as opposed to the baseball diamond. However, that wasn’t he only reason, and COO John Tortora had some reasons of his own.
“The growing excitement around NHL hockey in California, the intensity of last season’s playoff series between these teams and the state-of-the-art setting at Levi’s Stadium will bring a thrilling new dimension to the Kings-Sharks rivalry. We thank the Sharks, the Kings, Coors Light, the San Francisco 49ers, Levi’s Stadium and everyone involved in producing the next episode of our Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.”
Rightfully so, season ticket-holders (for both the San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings) will have first dibs at tickets starting at 10am on August 7th (tomorrow). Unfortunately for non season-ticket holders we’ll have to wait it out until fall to try and snag some tickets. That day for release has not been decided yet.
If this video courtesy of the NHL doesn’t get you pumped, nothing will! Hopefully the San Jose Sharks can exact some revenge on their SoCal rivals after last season’s playoff meltdown.