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AHL Outdoor Classic Tickets
First Held: 2010
Notable Matchups: Washington, Stanford, Utah
AHL Outdoor Classic TicketsThe first-ever AHL Outdoor Classic was hosted by the Syracuse Crunch in 2010. They followed the lead of the NHL, which debuted its Heritage and Outdoor Classic series earlier in the decade. Even before the game was held, it was clear the game would be a big deal. Not only were team officials on hand for the announcement of the game but so was New York Senator Charles Schumer. Outdoor games pose a special challenge for fans and players, particularly in cold climates. The first AHL Outdoor Classic was a resounding success. It was a great template for other outdoor AHL games. The game was held early in the afternoon while the sunlight was strong and before it got too cold. Some teams have deviated from this script with later starts, but most have followed it. Outdoor games are a unique way to view what's normally an indoor sport. Players and coaches always remark on what a special memory these games are, and many fans feel the same way, too. StubHub is the place to find AHL Outdoor Classic Tickets.
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Where is the AHL Outdoor Classic played?The AHL Outdoor Classic rotates between several venues. So far, the largest number of Outdoor Classics played at any one venue is two, at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA. Other cities that have hosted the AHL Outdoor Classic include Bakersfield, CA, Hamilton, ON and Philadelphia, PA.
How big is the AHL Outdoor Classic?The AHL Outdoor Classic is played at venues that are larger than a typical indoor arena, and in general, they can accommodate a larger crowd. These events are also very popular with fans. The first AHL Outdoor Classic set an AHL record with 21,508 fans in attendance. A slightly larger crowd showed up the following year to see an outdoor game between Providence and Connecticut. Both AHL attendance records were later crushed by the 2012 AHL Winter Classic in Philadelphia, another series of outdoor games. Over 45,000 fans turned out to see the Adirondack Phantoms play the Hershey Bears at Citizens Bank Park.
How often is the AHL Outdoor Classic played?With its challenging logistics, the AHL Outdoor Classic doesn't come around very often. Sometimes, these games are played in back-to-back years. For example, there were Outdoor Classics in both 2017 and 2018. At other times, there's more than one year separating the games.
What is a AHL Outdoor Classic game like?The Outdoor Classic is generally a great event that showcases great hockey. These games are also usually fun for fans. However, as an outdoor event, weather is always a factor. In markets like Syracuse, NY and Hamilton, ON, the players and crowds need to be prepared for the cold. In 2017, an AHL Outdoor Classic game in Bakersfield, California was played in the rain. The players had a difficult time getting their sticks on the puck, typically shooting more water than anything else. There were literally puddles on the ice. These outdoor games always have the potential to harbor surprises for the teams and the crowds.
What events are similar to the AHL Outdoor Classic?The AHL Outdoor Classic has a lot in common with the NHL's three series of outdoor games: the Stadium Series, Heritage Classic and the Winter Classic. These games are not always held annually. For example, prior to the 2020 Heritage Classic in Regina, SK, there hadn't been a game in the series since 2016. Some AHL outdoor games are also branded with names other than Outdoor Classic. For example, in 2013, the AHL staged a Winter Festival game between the Toronto Marlies and Grand Rapids Griffins in Detroit.
What are some of the best match-ups in AHL Outdoor Classic history?The 2013 AHL Outdoor Classic featured a match-up between local Pennsylvania teams. The Hershey Bears faced of against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a close-fought game. In the end, the Penguins won by a score of 2-1 in overtime. This game was also held at night under stadium lights, which created a unique environment. The shadows on the ice added an unusual element to the game for the players and the fans in attendance.
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