NHL teams are innovating ways to boost revenue amid a new season still impacted by the pandemic and one of those ideas includes hosting multiple outdoor games, reports say.
The Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings are exploring the possibility of hosting outdoor games with the hopes of having fans in attendance — something that’s likely to come before fans are allowed to attend indoor events, The Athletic reported on Thursday.
Outdoor games are certainly a fan favorite but ice conditions aren’t always ideal for players.
According to the report, the league floated the idea of hosting more outdoor games to all 31 teams back in November but teams in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Washington and Minnesota all declined.
The NHL already has a few games a year played outdoors including the Winter Classic and the Stadium Series. More outdoor games would provide a much-needed boost in revenue for teams hard hit by the pandemic.
Commissioner Gary Bettman recently warned players that the financial burden would fall on them, it’s just a matter of when.