Habs vs Caps at the big O?
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07-14-2009, 08:12 AM
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I'm almost positive the game would be played on regulation-sized NHL ice. Olympic Stadium was used primarily for baseball and football; it's not an Olympic hockey venue so there's no reason for the NHL to use a bigger ice surface.
Yup. It will be regulation ice size, especially considering that this game is for two points.
It's a standard baseball stadium, seating 66,000, constructed for the 1976 Olympic Summer Games, with no ties to the Winter Olympics. If I remember correctly, I don't believe that it has ever hosted a hockey game. It has certainly never hosted an NHL game.
Like the previous outdoor venues, they will build a NHL-size rink on the field.
I loved going to the Big O for Expos games as a kid. Granted, the building has been a funding disaster for decades. I'm sure they'll give it some external spit and polish as best they can for the one day, though.
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