Last season, I kicked around the idea of Milwaukee being involved in an outdoor game at Miller Park as part of a double header with the Wisconsin Badgers.
Though nothing is imminent, rumors of a third Wisconsin outdoor game at Milwaukee have been discussed over the past few years. Considering the current trend of multiple games played at an outdoor rink, it would only seem natural that an Admirals game would be played at Miller Park as well.
But putting that speculative idea aside for another, the NHL is still crossing over some hurdles to put together next season’s Winter Classic–planned to be held in Ann Arbor at Michigan Stadium. The two teams involved will most likely be the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Plans for a second outdoor rink in Detroit’s Comerica Park are also being discussed in order to ensure the week long celebration around the game has its focus in the Motor City. However a tenant for the games to be held there remains a mystery.
The Great Lakes Invitational College Hockey tournament seems best suited for the plan, considering it is usually held at Joe Louis Arena every year around the same time. A couple of other options would be an AHL tuneup game involving Grand Rapids, or an OHL game involving one of the area’s local teams (Plymouth, Windsor, Saginaw or Sarnia).
The only reason why I bring this up is that this weekend marks the AHL’s Outdoor game involving Hamilton and Toronto. Considering the teams and the interest level in the area (NHL Network is now broadcasting it), this event should be a huge success.
So Roundtable . . . If Grand Rapids were to take the plunge and join the ranks of Outdoor Game teams (especially at a game held in Ann Arbor), would Milwaukee fit as an opponent? Would you be willing make the trip east to go watch? What is your interest level in an Outdoor Admirals game at Miller Park?