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Blackhawks Wed May 21 2008

Hawks: Let's Take It Outside

The Blackhawks’ dream of hosting the next NHL outdoor game took a step closer to reality when they Commissioner Gary Bettman said recently that the proposed game for Yankee Stadium (in its last season before being torn down) may not happen.

Thanks to “a variety of issues” surrounding the Yankee Stadium selection (including winterization issues like pipes that normally go unused after baseball season being asked to support fans in the dead of winter), the Hawks moved up the ladder of potential hosts. It’s a list that includes Penn State’s Beaver Stadium (for a potential game between Pennsylvania teams the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers), as well as Soldier Field.

As one of the “Original Six” teams, the Blackhawks have that bit of history on their side in the decision-making process. Hawks’ officials are pushing hard for the game to be played either at Soldier Field or even Wrigley Field. A decision is expected to be reached by the first week of June.

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