Share This Page

Olympics were factor in Penguins' game at Soldier Field

| Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 11:24 p.m.

Veterans of two Winter Classics, the Penguins were coveted by the NHL for the series of outdoor games next season.

The Penguins will play the Chicago Blackhawks at Soldier Field, home of the NFL's Bears, on March 1. The game is scheduled for 8 p.m.

NHL chief operating officer John Collins asked the Penguins to participate, and they accepted because of the event's close proximity to the 2014 Winter Olympics, CEO David Morehouse said.

“The last Olympic gold-medal game (2010) had all NHL players and a big (television) audience, so being part of the outdoor game around then was something we liked,” Morehouse said.

“We like to help the NHL with these kinds of signature events.”

The NHL has not yet committed to sending its players to the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia, from Feb. 7-23.

The Penguins were visitors at the debut Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2008, and they played host to the Washington Capitals in the 2011 Classic at Heinz Field, which was moved to the New Year's Day evening because of inclement weather.

Playing parts in two previous outdoor games made accepting the NHL's Stadium Series offer easier, Morehouse said.

Details for tickets are being worked out, Morehouse said, but he added the Penguins will get an allotment for the game at Chicago.

The Stadium Series will open with the 2012 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium.

In addition to Solider Field, other venues tabbed for outdoor games include Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium, New York's Yankee Stadium (twice) and B.C. Place in Vancouver.

The Penguins have not ruled out seeking another outdoor game for Pittsburgh, though they have not settled on Heinz Field or PNC Park as the proposed venue.

—Rob Rossi

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.