The NHL hosts three outdoor hockey games. The Winter Classic, The Heritage Classic, and The Stadium Series.
The Winter Classic (est. 2008) takes place annually. The Heritage Classic (est. 2003) is scheduled more infrequently, with only five total Heritage Classic games on record, all played in Canada.
The third NHL outdoor event, The Stadium Series (est. 2014), has varying histories. Several of the Stadium Series events consisted of multiple teams playing a series of games. Since 2017 the event hosts one game with two teams.
The NHL Stadium Series always takes place on an NFL football or MLB baseball stadium in the United States. The host city converts the designated stadium into an outdoor ice hockey rink.
Nashville is hosting this year’s NHL Stadium Series at Nissan Stadium.
The event takes place Saturday, February 26th, and marks the first time the NHL has hosted an outdoor game in the state of Tennessee.
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Free Pre-game Fan Event at Nissan Stadium Parking Lot R
The NHL is hosting free fan interactive events pre-game on Saturday, February 26th. The events include the Stanley Cup, which will be displayed for fans to view and take pictures. Live Music and other fun activities such as:
- Bud Light Beer Garden
- Interactive Hockey Fun - fans can participate in an accuracy challenge, hardest shot challenge, and target practice.
- Hockey Trivia
- Photo Ops – numerous photo spots, including a Dunkin Donut Wall, Sand sculptures from the Florida beaches, and an oversized NHL jersey. Photo spots are plentiful, check out a more conclusive list here.
The FREE event happens in the Nissan Stadium Parking Lot R from 1 pm – 6 pm on Saturday, February 26th.
For more information about this free pre-game fan event, see: Stadium Series PreGame Fan Festival Activities Announced by Shaun Smith, On the Forecheck.
“NHL Stadium Series.” Wikipedia, 5 Feb. 2022, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NHL_Stadium_Series.
Smith, Shaun. “Stadium Series PreGame Fan Festival Activities Announced.” On the Forecheck, 17 Feb. 2022, www.ontheforecheck.com/2022/2/17/22939314/nhl-stadium-series-pregame-fan-festival-activities-announced-nashville-predators-tampa-bay-lightning. Accessed 21 Feb. 2022.