Rangers are due to host it.....Yankee Stadium would be my guess. Next year it would make sense if the Wild hosted it, from what I've heard, they have an ideal site on their university campus, in a fairly new facility TCF Bank Stadium, that stadium is just outstanding for college football and I'm sure it would be great for hockey as well.
IMO it's still too early for the Rangers. That's the team you bring in as a shot in the arm during a down year. The WC still has enough novelty to sell itself, so using up the marquee teams now is short-sighted.
Not to mention the Rangers might well be outside the playoff bracket...
they really screwed this up with last year- if you wanted to do repeats a pens/flyers in happy valley would have been amazing. who cares if you cant sell alchohol the place would still be filled and would look amazing to a tv audience
that being said i wish they had looked for some more creative alternatives- like maybe franklin field in philly with its history
also not sure how i feel about having it at cbp over the linc- both wc the flyers will play in will be in small baseball stadiums- does not make it easy to get tickets- compare that to pens fans who had 2 games in 2 football stadiums. of course i also hate the linc and love cbp in general (not a sports thing but a design thing)
Yeah, Yankee Stadium is pretty much out. We all know CitiField isn't an option and I have a feeling the Devils would be very against a game in the Meadowlands
I'm sure if the Devils were in the game, they'd be all for it, but the bigger issue is how complicated planning an event there would be. They'd have to deal with scheduling conflicts with not one but two NFL teams. That'd just be a nightmare of logistical problems.
Truth be told, I'm mostly expecting the NHL to focus on MLB fields and college football stadiums for future Winter Classics, as there is no scheduling conflict whatsoever as opposed to NFL stadiums.
Other than a major lack of Western Conference participants, the emphasis has been on Eastern Conference (and Original 6) teams.
Colorado? Minnesota? Why aren't they even considered for hosting? Could it be that the powers that be believe that they'll get better ratings with teams from the Eastern Conference?
Why not try to put together a GREAT matchup of two "good" (as in how they play the game) hockey teams?
For instance. Sharks-Wings. I must have read about three dozen comments **from around the league** about how this playoff series that just wrapped up was the BEST they have EVER seen. That's a lot of hockey these folks have watched to declare that series at the top of their list.