PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 02:  Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers celebrates after scoring a goal in the third period against Sergei Bobrovsky #35 of the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park on January 2, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

10 stadiums that should host an outdoor NHL game

Gary Bettman said recently that he doesn’t think outdoor hockey games have been overdone. I happen to agree with him. The outdoor games draw big crowds, spike in the ratings and are just plain fun. I went to Yankee Stadium to see the Rangers play the Islanders. At game time it was eight degrees … eight! I bought a cheesesteak at the game and had to wolf it down before it froze. And I would do it all over again, frozen cheesesteak and all.

To that end, there are still plenty of cities out there that should have outdoor games, and the fun would continue for fans at the stadiums and on their couches as well. Here are 10 sites that should have outdoor hockey games, and soon:

1. Oriole Park at Camden Yards/Baltimore, MD

BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 15:  A general view of the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 15, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

BALTIMORE, MD – JUNE 15: A general view of the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 15, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Teams: Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders

How do you have outdoor games in historic, pretty baseball parks and not include the place that started the retro craze? Nationals Park is fine, but the Caps should come up the beltway and play in front of the warehouse and fill up Oriole Park (in red … for the only time ever, probably.) The New York Islanders with John Tavares provide enough star power for visitor fodder in this playoff rematch.

2. AT&T Park/San Francisco, CA

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 16:  The San Francisco Giants celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 during Game Five of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 16, 2014 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – OCTOBER 16: The San Francisco Giants celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 during Game Five of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 16, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

Teams: San Jose Sharks vs. Colorado Avalanche

Same concept with AT&T Park, generally considered as the favorite road stop for baseball fans of all teams. The Coke bottle provides a nice backdrop as the Sharks host Patrick Roy and the Avalanche. Now if only ice technician Mike Craig can find a way to freeze over McCovey Cove for some pond hockey on the side …

3. Ohio Stadium/Columbus, OH

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 24: The Ohio State Marching Band performs the Script Ohio before the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: The Ohio State Marching Band performs the Script Ohio before the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Teams: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Detroit Red Wings

Ann Arbor hosted its Winter Classic. It’s time to be fair to Buckeye fans and host the jewel at the other side of the rivalry … if for no other reason to advance the momentum of a growing hockey town. Ohio State is relatively new as a Division I school and has helped Columbus to gain momentum as a college hockey town. A Winter Classic in Columbus would continue that momentum. The Blue Jackets as a sleeping giant will cement their rivalry with Detroit in this game.

4. Century Link Field/Seattle, WA

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 12:  A general view of the stadium during the NFL season opener between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers at Qwest Field on September 12, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 31-6. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

SEATTLE – SEPTEMBER 12: A general view of the stadium during the NFL season opener between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers at Qwest Field on September 12, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 31-6. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Teams: Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks

A Canadian team hosting a game in the lower 50? It’s perfect. Seattle would get a chance to show it can draw hockey fans. And if there’s one thing NFL fans know is that this place holds in the noise. You get rabid Canuck fans jumping across the border and San Jose fans (who know how to make a little noise themselves) making the short trip up to yell and scream in this place? We’re talking decibel records … shattered.

5. AT&T Stadium/Dallas, TX

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31:  A general interior view of Cowboys Stadium as the Dallas Cowboys play against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Cowboys Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, TX – OCTOBER 31: A general interior view of Cowboys Stadium as the Dallas Cowboys play against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Cowboys Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Teams: Dallas Stars vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Jerry Jones’ tribute to excess has hosted just about everything else … why not a Stadium Series game? Dallas is another city that has seen hockey rinks pop up exponentially since the Stars came to town. Why not showcase this glitz once again? Chicago comes in to allay fears that the Stars wouldn’t be a draw. But they don’t have to be. This monstrosity would be the true star.

6. PNC Park/Pittsburgh, PA

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 01:  Pittsburgh Pirates fans prepare for their National League Wild Card game against the San Francisco Giants at PNC Park on October 1, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 01: Pittsburgh Pirates fans prepare for their National League Wild Card game against the San Francisco Giants at PNC Park on October 1, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Teams: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Heinz Field hosting a hockey game before PNC Park is a crime. This might be the most picturesque park in the majors, and the Roberto Clemente bridge in the background provides the perfect backdrop for a Winter Classic. Pirates fans that dress all in black and haunt Johnny Cueto would bring the perfect ambiance to this all-Pennsylvania blood brawl.

7. Friends Arena/Solna, Sweden

SOLNA, SWEDEN - AUGUST 10: A general view of the inside of the Friends Arena before the Swedish Allsvenskan League match between AIK and Gefle IF at the Friends Arena on August 10,2014 in Solna,Sweden.  (Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/EuroFootball/Getty Images)

SOLNA, SWEDEN – AUGUST 10: A general view of the inside of the Friends Arena before the Swedish Allsvenskan League match between AIK and Gefle IF at the Friends Arena on August 10,2014 in Solna,Sweden. (Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/EuroFootball/Getty Images)

Teams: New York Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Why limit ourselves? This 50,000 seat stadium would provide the perfect place for a homecoming for “The King” Henrik Lundqvist. I would have the Rangers hosting a game at Citi Field, home of the Mets, except for that pesky clause in the Rangers’ contract with New York that would end all financial breaks given to Madison Square Garden if the Rangers host a game elsewhere in New York. So … Sweden it is.

8. Petco Park/San Diego, CA

SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 12:  A general view of the Western Metal Supply Company building inside the newly constructed Petco Park, home to the San Diego Padres, during the Aztec Invitational college baseball tournament on March 12, 2004 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO, CA – MARCH 12: A general view of the Western Metal Supply Company building inside the newly constructed Petco Park, home to the San Diego Padres, during the Aztec Invitational college baseball tournament on March 12, 2004 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Teams: Los Angeles Kings vs. Anaheim Ducks

Look … I liked the game at Dodger Stadium, okay? Light snowfall provides romance and wonder. But it doesn’t hurt to shake it up every once in a while with a hockey game played in warm enough weather to have beach volleyball games on the side. Petco Park provides great scenery with the Western Metal Supply building in the background, and a wide open center field area that people can hang out beyond the stadium and watch the action.

9. Beijing National Stadium/Beijing, China

BEIJING - NOVEMBER 02:  A general view of the Race of Champions Beijing 2009 at Beijing National Stadium on November 2, 2009 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

BEIJING – NOVEMBER 02: A general view of the Race of Champions Beijing 2009 at Beijing National Stadium on November 2, 2009 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

Teams: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals

Aah, the Bird’s Nest. I’ve been waiting for you to come back into my life since the 2008 Olympics. And if you think hockey is an afterthought in China? Think again, because China wants in when it comes to big time hockey. So send the two biggest names in the sport to this growing hockey hotbed and watch as a new country falls in love with the highest levels of the sport and spends money on your product. Even a small fraction of the support that the country gives to the NBA would be a valuable asset to the NHL.

10. Fenway Park/Boston, MA

BOSTON, NY - JANUARY 01:  Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers is stopped on a breakaway by Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins during the 2010 Bridgestone Winter Classic at Fenway Park on January 1, 2010  in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

BOSTON, NY – JANUARY 01: Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers is stopped on a breakaway by Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins during the 2010 Bridgestone Winter Classic at Fenway Park on January 1, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Teams: Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens

Wait, hasn’t the Winter Classic been there before? Why yes it has. And of all the cities that have hosted this event, the city of Boston made this the biggest spectacle as they turned it into a week long celebration of hockey in 2010. And then they turned it into a bi-annual spectacle with no less than six college hockey games in the span of a week. Some have suggested that Fenway hosts this thing every season. Sure, the B’s and Habs will play at Gillette Stadium in a few months, and bring in a few more fans. But for my money, Fenway Park is the only place in Boston that should be hosting this thing.

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