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49ers stadium to host outdoor hockey game

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In the year before the so-called Field of Jeans hosts a Super Bowl, the new 49ers stadium will host a wide variety of events.  Including a hockey game.

Via the San Jose Mercury News, the NHL has announced that a February 21 game between the L.A. Kings and San Jose Sharks has been moved to Levi’s Stadium.

The NHL picked the 49ers’ new stadium over the San Francisco Giants’ ballpark, primarily because the football venue can hold more than 25,000 more paying customers.  Speaking of paying customers, tickets ranging from $65 to $350 go on sale at 10 a.m. PT Thursday.  The tickets initially are available to Sharks and Kings season-ticket holders, and to PSL owners for the 49ers games.

The game, by the way, will be broadcast by NBCSN.

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24 Responses to “49ers stadium to host outdoor hockey game”
  1. xli2006 says: Aug 6, 2014 4:28 PM

    That makes a ton of sense given that the average high in Feb is 60 degrees.

    What could possibly go wrong here?

  2. bassplucker says: Aug 6, 2014 4:30 PM

    Not sure how exactly they plan to keep the ice frozen for that. It can get chilly in San Fran in February, but never THAT chilly.

  3. garyridgway says: Aug 6, 2014 4:33 PM

    Will we also get to see some stabbings and guns fired in the parking lots too? And no I’m not kidding, it seems to be a tradition.

  4. titans4evr says: Aug 6, 2014 4:37 PM

    I guess that’s better than playing it in London.

  5. bucrightoff says: Aug 6, 2014 4:42 PM

    Do people asking about the weather not realize they just had an outdoor game in LA?

  6. scoops1 says: Aug 6, 2014 4:46 PM

    Security better be on high alert….

    Kings fans may want to avenge the loss that the raiders will suffer at the hands of the Niners…

  7. thefox61 says: Aug 6, 2014 4:54 PM

    And the main reason is that Santa Clara is only about 5 miles from San Jose

  8. dannymac17 says: Aug 6, 2014 5:00 PM

    Really? Obviously everyone missed the LA vs Anaheim at Dodger stadium just last season.

  9. numberoneinthehoodg says: Aug 6, 2014 5:07 PM

    San Jose CA is becoming the new New York. Laugh as you will but, geographically is ideal, economically is ideal, adversity is ideal, climate is ideal, etc….. Hell, it’s way better than New York. Expensive? Yes, very. Worth it? Absolutely. What shall I do this weekend? Go to the beach? Catch some major sporting event? The theater? Gambling? Environmental quest? Enjoy the drought? Apple (amongst others) resides in the bay area, not New York. Suck it east coast.

  10. schmitty2 says: Aug 6, 2014 5:07 PM

    As posters alluded to earlier The Kings played the Ducks at Dodger stadium in Feb. Even if they hadn’t I’m sure the NHL is smart enough to figure out how to keep the ice cold on a 60 degree day. Just a hunch…..

  11. 50milessouthofdetroit says: Aug 6, 2014 5:08 PM

    they needed a warm-up for WRESTLEMANIA….

  12. bonnovi says: Aug 6, 2014 5:08 PM

    In America, anything is possible.

  13. maiphatdong says: Aug 6, 2014 5:12 PM

    Outdoor nhl games have jumped the shark

  14. kidsamoa260 says: Aug 6, 2014 5:16 PM

    After that, a lowrider car show, then a swap meet, then a Lisa Lisa/Stevie B concert and a monster truck rally.

  15. thedrowsy1 says: Aug 6, 2014 5:24 PM

    thefox61 says:
    Aug 6, 2014 4:54 PM
    And the main reason is that Santa Clara is only about 5 miles from San Jose

    - This guy is right. Don’t know why there are thumbs down. It’s a fact.

    - Another fun fact San Jose Earthquakes already deflowered the Niners stadium.

  16. chicagobtech says: Aug 6, 2014 5:27 PM

    I remember the response of the guy in charge of keeping the ice frozen, when people asked if the 60 degree temperatures would be a problem for the LA game last season:

    “It’s 60 degrees out here. It’s also 60 degrees in the arena [the Kings normally play in]. It’s not going to be a problem.”

  17. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 6, 2014 5:34 PM

    This will be something special for all those kids who grew up playing ice hockey outdoors, on the frozen ponds and rivers of the Bay area.

  18. Steeler Nation is so far above you and your lowly franchise. We built this league. Pittsburgh's three rivers are made from the tears of our opponents. Bow to your supreme overlords. says: Aug 6, 2014 5:35 PM

    Notice how the Steelers tend to win championships? We also noticed that. It is really impressive.

  19. pantherpro says: Aug 6, 2014 5:55 PM

    Super Bowl and Stanley Cup from South Bay this year. Kings fans stay home you have been warned!

  20. 4greatestvikingever says: Aug 6, 2014 6:08 PM

    This summer?

  21. 49erlifer says: Aug 7, 2014 12:04 AM

    Top that Seattle!

  22. skolvikes says: Aug 7, 2014 1:05 AM

    When asked what the difference between a climate controlled 60 degree arena and an ice sheet outdoors at 60 degrees the guy that did the ice for the the Kings said ‘huh?’

    Big difference in being able to maintain ice and being able to play hockey on it.

    Protip: All Hockey arenas are maintained at a confortable temp, that doesn’t mean you can do It outdoors.

  23. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 7, 2014 9:31 AM

    Stadium brass is smart.

    They’re already trying to diversify away from the inevitable disappointment that is the football team.

  24. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 7, 2014 9:32 AM

    Top that Seattle!

    Crap, we’re stuck just winning another boring Lombardi.

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