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Can you imagine 60,000 plus fans letting out a giant WOOO after a Bruins goal? That may be a possibility sooner than you think.
According to Chris Botta of the Sports Business Journal, the NHL is considering holding a game between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens in Gillete Stadium.
While the Bruins have had an outdoor game before it wasn’t in a stadium as large as Gillette and it was still in Boston. In 2010 the Bruins hosted the annual Winter Classic at Fenway Park against the Philadelphia Flyers.
While Gillette doesn’t have the history that Fenway does, Fenway holds 37,400 people to Gillette’s 68,756. The Winter Classic managed to sell out and then some as 38,112 fans attended the game. There’s no reason to believe that those numbers wouldn’t swell if the venue changed to Foxboro. First, more tickets would be available. Second, fans that live in the suburbs south of Boston and even into Rhode Island would be closer to the action and have better access to the stadium. Third, the Bruins versus the Canadiens is one of hockey’s biggest rivalries if not one of the best rivalries in all of sports.
This season the NHL has already opened up the market of outdoor games by having six of them. Thus far the novelty seems to be working and the outdoor games are a success. The NHL has stated that in coming seasons, including the 2014-15 season the amount of outdoor games will drop to four.
The Washington Capitals already have the Winter Classic locked up for next season but that leaves three games up for grabs. Here’s hoping that Bruins fans get to hear the lighthouse go off after a sweet Milan Lucic goal before letting out an ecstatic 60,000 powerful WOOO.
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