With the success of the Winter Classic in Buffalo, and the New York Rangers attempting to bid Yankee Stadium a fond farewell, the NHL is examining other locations to host an outdoor game. And Pennsylvania’s governor has proposed a new place to drop the puck - Penn State.
FOOTBALL STADIUM DIGEST skates over news that Gov. Ed Rendell has recommended giving the Nittany Lions’ Beaver Stadium the old college try. The plan would be to have the Pittsburgh Penguins & Philadelphia Flyers meet in the middle of the state to face off in the 108,000-seat stadium.
But right now, that’s all it is - a plan. Plus, the Pens & Flyers are both more concerned about their playoff battle at the moment. But support for the proposal is growing. (There’s even a Facebook group created for it!) And the game could be a record-breaker.
From the DAILY COLLEGIAN:
If it were played, a sellout crowd at Penn State’s mammoth home football venue would break the world-record for attendance at a hockey game. The current number is 77,554, set in 2001 when Michigan and Michigan State played to a 3-3 tie in the “Cold War” outdoors at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.
The State College school wouldn’t be against the game, but no one has talked to them about it yet:
“It’s an interesting idea, but we haven’t been contacted,” Penn State athletic director Tim Curley said. “I know Michigan State hosted one and had a positive experience, so certainly it might be a nice event, but I just don’t know enough of the details. We would have to cross that bridge when we get there.”
Of course, there’s a whole lot of logistics than need sorting out, like building a rink & such. And State College isn’t the most accessible area to get to.
Most important of all, it would be prudent to get the blessings of the Big Man On Campus.
But don’t do it now - he’s not feeling very well.