Reports suggest the National Hockey League is ready to announce this coming winter's Second Annual Outdoor Winter Classic may be played in Chicago - at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs!
(BTW - could it be the World Champion 2008 Chicago Cubs by January? Stay tuned here!)
Although the official announcement won't be made until next week, Comcast Sports Net - Chicago's major Sports Network - reports the deal is just about done!
The game will be played here in January - usually a very frigid time of the year in Chicago - and at Wrigley Field, where no sporting event of this nature has ever been hosted (a few professional boxing matches were held at Wrigley years ago, and Wrigley Field was the home of the Chicago Bears from the 1920's through 1970 - but never a home for hockey!)
The 2009 Outdoor Winter Classic will match up the Chicago Blackhawks with the Detroit Red Wings - two of the "Original Six" Teams comprising the National Hockey League. See this Wikipedia article for more info on the "Original Six." The date of the game has yet to be announced.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman originally considered New York's Yankee Stadium for the 2009 event. The old stadium is hosting baseball for the last time this year, and will be replaced with a new Yankee Stadium next door beginning next year. The hockey event would have been the last official sporting event here - but a "variety of issues," according to Bettman, make a New York game not viable.
See our post today at BlogChicagoHomes.com for more info, as well as a link to a story and video by Chris Kuc in yesterday's Chicago Tribune.
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