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MetLife Stadium Will Host NHL Outdoor Doubleheader in 2024


Outdoor N.H.L. hockey will make its debut in Latest Jersey next yr when MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford will host a four-team doubleheader of sorts within the league’s so-called Stadium Series.

The Latest Jersey Devils will play the Philadelphia Flyers on the night of Saturday, Feb. 17, and the Islanders will play the Rangers on the identical ice the next day, the National Hockey League announced on Saturday.

The league said it expects greater than 75,000 spectators per game, and to proceed its streak of 37 consecutive sellouts for normal season outdoor games, which began of their modern form in 2003.

“It’s a giant N.F.L. stadium and it’s our goal to bring it to life in a way that, frankly, we haven’t seen that much,” said Steve Mayer, the N.H.L.’s chief content officer. “We’re going to get super creative and highlight the world.”

Mayer and Dean Matsuzaki, the league’s executive vp for events, said they’d long hoped to stage an out of doors game at MetLife Stadium. But they said the logistics there are more complicated than at many other stadiums since it is the house of two N.F.L. teams, the Giants and the Jets, and there may be less time to access the facilities for preparation. But they noted that the dimensions of the venue makes it possible to accommodate 4 teams, with scheduled practice time and recreational ice time with their families, for all 4 teams.

The teams might be scheduled off on the next Monday in case bad weather over the weekend forces either or each games to be postponed. The precise seating capability will depend upon construction of the lower seating area that’s scheduled to happen in preparation for the 2026 FIFA men’s World Cup.

In 2014, the Rangers played the Devils and the Islanders, three days apart, at Yankee Stadium. Each game drew about 50,000 fans. The biggest regular season outdoor N.H.L. game was held at Michigan Stadium in 2014 when an announced crowd of 105,491 fan watched the Detroit Red Wings play the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last outdoor game held within the Latest York area was the Winter Classic on a frigid Latest Yr’s Day in 2018 between the Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres at Citi Field, when 41,000 fans sat through temperatures that began at 7 degrees Fahrenheit within the morning and peaked at 25.

Mayer said organizers hope to bolster next yr’s event with additional entertainment, youth hockey games and music. Asked in the event that they would seek Latest Jersey natives, like Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen to perform, Mayer asked a reporter if he had Springsteen’s phone number, adding with fun, “We’d wish to discuss with him immediately.”

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