Stadium Series: NHL Games Played Outdoors Draw Thousands of Fans

Monday, 27 Jan 2014 12:43 PM

By Michael Mullins

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The Stadium Series was a success for the National Hockey League as four teams faced off in outdoor arenas on separate coasts over the weekend resulting in large fan turnouts at both venues.

The Stadium Series followed the Jan. 1 NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium, where the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings battled it out on the rink before some 100,000-plus spectators in the sixth annual outdoor hockey event. The visiting Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2.

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The NHL repeated the events, holding one in New York's Yankee Stadium and another some 3,000 miles away at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium this past Sunday.

"The first two games of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series — played on two coasts, under two wild extremes of climate — provided all the best elements our sport can offer our fans," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said after Sunday's game.

Between the two games, the NHL drew more than 100,000 fans at both outdoor venues, CBS Sports reported.

"Within 16 hours, two of the most-revered venues in sports welcomed more than 100,000 fans to sit under the sky and enjoy two of the fiercest rivalries in the National Hockey League," Bettman added. "The games were spectacular, the images were unforgettable and the sheer energy our sport creates was unmistakable. This truly was a remarkable weekend for our fans and our League."

Except for a temporary delay at Yankee Stadium due to a glare from the ice caused by the setting sun, both events reportedly went off without a hitch, with the New York Rangers beating the New Jersey Devils 7-3, and the Anaheim Ducks dominating their division rival Los Angeles Kings with a 3-0 win.

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