With each passing rumour the chances of the Carolina Hurricanes playing an outdoor game next season rises. So who should the other lucky team be?
Ever since Tom Dundon took the reins of the Carolina Hurricanes, he has made one thing clear; he wants an outdoor game and he wants in Carolina. That has taken people by surprise when he first mentioned it. An outdoor hockey game in the south? What was he thinking? Well perhaps he isn’t as crazy as he is coming off.
To quote The Six Million Dollar Man, “We have the Technology”. And sure enough, an outdoor game in North Carolina wouldn’t even be first time a game will have been played in the south. The Nashville Predators plan to take on the Dallas Stars on New Year’s Day in the first Winter Classic to be played south of St. Louis, MO.
Now chances are they won’t be playing another Winter Classic in the south on back to back years, but that does open us up to a Stadium Series game. Speaking of stadiums, look what has shown up at Carter-Finley Stadium, home of the NC Wolfpack, for the second time in as many years:
Now if you are wondering why there would be cones set out on that field in the shape of a big round oval, you aren’t alone. No, it isn’t the marked receptions for the entire season of the Wolfpack! The NHL heads are in town once again. The cones are there to show them just how perfect an outdoor rink would look like on the grass across the street from PNC.
And what a sight it is. Carter-Finley has one of the best sight lines of sports stadiums across America. The bowl itself is tighter and smaller at the bottom putting the fans that much closer to the field and ultimately the rink. While this is all still conjecture at this point let’s look at some of the possible matchups that might get played on that very field.