It’s official! The National Hockey League announced today that the San Jose Sharks will be hosting the first Northern California outdoor hockey game which has been named the 2015 Coors Light Stadium Series. To make the game even more excited, the Sharks will be battling the Los Angeles Kings on the momentous February 21 date.
The game will be at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, the newly built arena which houses the San Francisco 49ers.
John Tortora, the Sharks chief operating officer, made the following statement:
“We are honored and elated that the NHL has selected the San Jose Sharks to participate in the NHL’s 2015 Coors Light Stadium Series and is bringing this magnificent event to the Bay Area. This event celebrates the growth of the great game of hockey in San Jose and recognizes the incredible support and passion of Sharks fans all over Northern California. We know our fans will bring the electrifying atmosphere of SAP Center at San Jose to Levi’s Stadium on Feb. 21 and we are looking forward to showcasing Sharks Territory outside and under the lights.”
Sharks Season ticket holders and SharkPak holders will have the first access to purchase tickets along with Levi’s Stadium SBL Members and Los Angeles Kings Season Ticket Holders. There is no date given for when the general public can buy tickets, however expect an announcement of that in the coming days.
After Ticketmaster goofed and had the tickets on sale prior to the announcement, it was only a matter of time before the NHL announced the event.
The Stadium Series saw the Los Angeles Kings play the Anaheim Ducks last season and it was a huge success. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is excited about the opportunity to bring an outdoor game to NorCal.
“The growing excitement around NHL hockey in California, the intensity of last season’s playoff series between these teams and the state-of-the-art setting at Levi’s Stadium will bring a thrilling new dimension to the Kings-Sharks rivalry,” Bettman said.
It really couldn’t be better timing with the building of the new stadium. It really is a dream for those involved and bring excitement and enthusiasm to the future of hockey on the west coast.
Coors Light has it right… it will definitely be a match-up for the ages:
— Coors Light (@CoorsLight) August 6, 2014
It will be the event of a lifetime and I encourage everyone to attend. Check out this video the NHL put together to encourage the event: