Saturday, November 29, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Sharks, Kings to play game at 49ers’ new stadium

By
From page B1 | August 07, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings are going to take their rivalry outdoors next season.

The NHL announced Wednesday that the Pacific Division foes will meet at the 49ers’ new home in Santa Clara on Feb. 21. The $1.2 billion Levi’s Stadium beat out the San Francisco Giants’ cozier confines at AT&T Park for the game, which is part of the NHL’s growing Stadium Series.

This will be the second straight year the NHL has staged an outdoor game in California. The Anaheim Ducks beat the Kings 3-0 at Dodger Stadium in front of an announced crowd of 54,099 on Jan. 25.

Sharks Chief Operating Officer John Tortora expects the game at Levi’s Stadium to attract a capacity crowd of 68,500 for a scintillating spectacle of ice in Silicon Valley.

“We think this will be one of the bigger sporting events the Bay Area has ever seen,” Tortora said.

The NHL’s first outdoor game in Northern California features a fierce and fan-pleasing matchup.

In the latest and perhaps most dramatic chapter of the playoff history between these franchises, the Kings eliminated the Sharks in the first round last season to become the league’s fourth team to win a best-of-seven series after losing the first three games. Los Angeles went on to win its second Stanley Cup in three years.

“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,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.

The NHL has been taking its game to iconic outdoor venues more and more over the last decade.

The new Yankee Stadium, Boston’s Fenway Park, Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor are just a few of the notable names to host hockey in recent years. The league previously announced that the Washington Capitals would host the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at a site to be determined.

The Sharks will be the 14th team since 2003 to host an outdoor game. The league has averaged 56,942 fans at each of those contests.

NHL Senior Vice President of Events Don Renzulli said the outdoor games have been popular because they allow the league to do things such as flyovers during the national anthem and create a more festive atmosphere with large crowds that smaller, enclosed arenas can’t offer.

“It’s all kind of wrapped up into one big event and that’s what makes it pretty special,” he said.

Renzulli said the Sharks have wanted to host an outdoor game for years and the league began more serious discussions with the team last summer. He said the league waited until it saw how the Kings-Ducks game at Dodger Stadium played out.

The temperature for that contest in Los Angeles was 63 degrees, but concerns about ice conditions turned out to be unfounded.

“If we can make it in L.A., we can make it in Santa Clara,” Renzulli said. “And then we just have to hope that Mother Nature plays well in the sandbox with us.”

The weather in Santa Clara is typically warmer and drier than in the more scenic San Francisco, which is about 45 miles north, but Renzulli and Tortora said it was more of a competition between venues than cities.

While the Giants’ waterfront ballpark offered dramatic backdrops of the Bay Bridge and San Francisco skyline for television viewers, the league chose the 49ers’ digs because football stadiums typically offer better sightlines, more flexibility on the rink’s configuration and the ability to host a larger crowd.

Renzulli said that AT&T Park, which holds about 42,000 fans, could still host an NHL game the next time the Sharks bid in a year or two.

Tortora said the larger Levi’s Stadium will help lower the average price of a ticket, which he said will cost $150. He said 67 percent of the tickets will be at or below that price and the team is not concerned about selling out the venue.

 

 

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Recent Articles

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • .

    Solano News

    Woman advocates for those with pain syndrome

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Police ID man killed in Thanksgiving Day shooting

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

     
    Tobacco sting nets 6 arrests

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

     
    Police arrest man shortly after car stolen

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Police seek suspect in store robbery

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

     
    Black Friday brings out thrifty shoppers

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Police: Man stabbed while working late

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

     
    Dixon man arrested after Vacaville home break-in

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Fairfield police log: Nov. 27, 2014

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A9

    Suisun City police log: Nov. 27, 2014

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A9

     
    Fairfield police log: Nov. 26, 2014

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

    Suisun City police log: Nov. 26, 2014

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

     
    The complicated art of making choices

    By Murray Bass | From Page: B10

    Weather for Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014

    By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B11

     
    .

    US / World

    Inside Kobani: Devastation mixed with optimism

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    California delegation loses wealth of experience

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Audit: Police officer disciplined for texted photo

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

     
    Man dies after being shot with stun guns

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

    Judge: No more delay to enforce gun ruling

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

     
    Huge fire destroys Southern California pallet yard

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    Meningitis advisory at California university

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

     
    Suspected killer’s note revealed in California

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

    Couple robbed, kidnapped at Berkeley lookout spot

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

     
    14 arrested after chaining themselves to trains

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

    NY boys buried in snow pile heard rescuers calling

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    A glance at national protests, cleanup in Ferguson

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    NY dinner puts wealthy and homeless at same tables

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Protests temporarily close malls, shut down trains

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    Michael Brown’s legacy continues to evolve

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Russian doctor rebellion causes headache for Putin

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

    Past ban on marrying blacks may mar tribe’s future

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

     
    Police: Blasts at mosque in Nigeria kill 35 people

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

    Rebels push forward in southern Syria

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

     
    1.2 million Australian Christmas lights set record

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

    .

    Opinion

    Why accept mediocrity for entertainment?

    By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

     
    UC tuition ball in governor’s court

    By Dan Walters | From Page: A8

    Who needs a political party?

    By Thomas Elias | From Page: A8

     
    Destruction of a great nation

    By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 1 Comment

    .

    Living

    Community Calendar: Nov. 29, 2014

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

     
    Today in History: Nov. 29, 2014

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Neighbors are upset with our decision to place grandma in facility

    By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B5

     
    Shelter fund drive a hairy situation for member

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

    Horse with no eyes inspires children, veterans

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

     
    .

    Entertainment

    Doc rediscovers Bing Crosby’s triumphs, tragedies

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

     
    Madonna’s adopted kids meet Malawi’s president

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

    Bob Baker, legendary puppeteer, dead at 90

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

     
    More art in German trove identified as looted

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

    .

    Sports

    Vikings open season with 62-42 victory over Mustangs

    By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    A’s trade All-Star Josh Donaldson to Toronto

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Speights leads Warriors over Hornets 106-101

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Hogan leads Stanford’s 31-10 upset of No. 9 UCLA

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Raiders won’t have Murray against Rams

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Kings protest of Nov. 13 loss denied by NBA

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Ray Rice wins appeal; NFL suspension vacated

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    49ers emotionally reeling after embarrassing loss

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

     
    Parker leads Spurs over Kings

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Eisner: NFL team would boost downtown Los Angeles

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Coleman leads No. 11 UNC over No. 5 Stanford 70-54

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Westbrook scores 32 in return; Thunder beat Knicks

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Bowl bid on line for Cal in finale vs BYU

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Mickey Rourke wins exhibition bout in Moscow

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    This date in sports history for Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

    Sports on TV/Local sports for Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 29-30

    By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B3

     
    .

    Business

    Black Friday gets a little less frenzied

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

     
    S&P 500 slips as crude oil sinks

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

    Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B6 | Gallery

     
    .

    Obituaries

     
    .

    Comics

    Blondie

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Baby Blues

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    B.C.

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Peanuts

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    Garfield

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Pickles

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    Beetle Bailey

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Sally Forth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    Zits

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Get Fuzzy

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    Baldo

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Rose is Rose

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    Dilbert

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Frank and Ernest

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    For Better or Worse

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Wizard of Id

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    Word Sleuth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    Cryptoquote

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

    Bridge

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    Sudoku

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

    Crossword

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    .

    Home Seller 11/29/14

    Real estate transactions for Nov. 29, 2014

    By Daily Republic | From Page: HSR2