History Of The NHL Stadium Series
The NHL Stadium Series is an event that was introduced to hockey fans just last year as four regular season hockey games were played outdoors in baseball and football stadiums in 2014, an event that is distinct from the NHL Winter Classic and NHL Heritage Classic outdoor games. The first NHL Stadium Series kicked off last January 25 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles where the Kings hosted the Anaheim Ducks. The Kings would go on to defeat the Ducks by a score of 3-0 with over 54,000 in attendance. Seven teams participated overall and in played at three different venues in last year’s NHL Stadium Series with three events held last January including two games involving the New York Rangers who came out with wins over the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders at Yankee Stadium.
NHL Stadium Series tickets in 2014 had an average price $220.09 on the secondary market for the four games that were played last year. The most expensive outdoor NHL Stadium Series game last year was the last one that took place at Soldier Field where the Chicago Blackhawks dominated the Pittsburgh Penguins in front of over 62,000 fans as tickets had a secondary market average price $271.52, a 23.3% premium compared to the overall average for NHL Stadium Series tickets in 2014.
Of the four games that took place last year, only one had tickets with an asking average price under $200, which was the opening game of the series as tickets for the Ducks vs Kings game at Dodger Stadium had a secondary market average price of $199.19.
So far in 2015, there is only one outdoor game scheduled for the NHL Stadium Series, which takes place on February 21 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara where the Los Angeles Kings will take on the San Jose Sharks. This year’s NHL Stadium Series tickets are the most expensive to date at a current average price of $286.19 on the secondary market, a 5.4% percent increase compared to the most expensive NHL Stadium Series game in 2014. The least expensive ticket to get in for this year’s game is $108 as tickets are now up 3% on the secondary market.
Initially, this year’s NHL Stadium Series was originally reported that the NHL was looking to hold four outdoor games as besides Levi Stadium other possible sites were considered such as Coors field in Denver, Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Target Field in Minneapolis, and Beaver Stadium at Pennsylvania State University, but are instead now being considered for 2016 outdoor games as the NHL Stadium Series is expected to continue.