We asked fans about outdoor games and how they feel about them.
This is SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NHL. Each week, SB Nation sends out questions to the most plugged in Arizona Coyotes fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.
While Coyotes fans are focused in on the team, one of the biggest stories around the league came from a city that doesn’t have an NHL team at all.
Last month the league had to adjust its schedule and delay the start of the second of two outdoor games played on the shores of Lake Tahoe after the warm weather created poor ice conditions. Despite the issues, fans around the country still care about playing the annual outdoor games, according to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey.
On top of simply caring about the games, a clear majority of fans believe the extra work needed both by the league and players is worth it in order to make these games work.
Arizona fans are likely wondering when they will have a shot at hosting an outdoor game. California hosted a game for the Stadium Series and Vegas hosted an outdoor game back in 1991 so it is possible.
The NHL would have a few places to look at if they wanted to host an outdoor game in the Valley. Chase Fields, State Farm Stadium, and Sun Devil Stadium have all been put forth as spots that could easily host an outdoor game. And provided it is done at night, heat shouldn’t an issue.
After the Coyotes’ chance to host the 2006 NHL All-Star Game, fans have been wondering when the league was going to give them something else. An outdoor game would be an excellent gift to fans who have stuck by a franchise through years of drama and controversies.
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