The first ever NHL Stadium Series has currently seen three matches played already and is awaiting the fourth and final game of the series which will take place in March.
It is a unique and brand new idea by the NHL and one that fans were enthusiastic about, but is it really a good idea?
The Stadium Series is similar to rugby league's Magic Weekend where games are played at a neutral and often, larger venue than normal.
Unlike the Magic Weekend however, the Stadium Series chooses stadiums that are close to the teams competing in order to accommodate the 'home fans'.
So far two stadiums have hosted games, Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles hosted the Anaheim Ducks who triumphed 3-0 over the LA Kings, meanwhile Yankee Stadium hosted two matches as the New York Rangers defeated both the New Jersey Devils and the New York Islanders respectively.
So the question remains, is the Stadium Series a good idea for the teams who are involved?
Personally I would say yes, there are some disadvantages to the idea but I feel that the pros outweigh the cons.
As with any new idea, there are always disadvantages, and the Stadium Series is no different.
Often, the rink is placed so that the large amount of the crowd are based along a sideline but due to the design of a baseball stadium can often result in the crowd being a fair distance away from the rink.
With hockey played with a small puck that can often be difficult to track on the rink, particularly when several players are battling for it to move the crowd away from the rink to me doesn't seem like a good idea.
on the other hand, it provides fans with a fantastic and different experience, with each game achieving a minimum attendance of 50,000.
I can only imagine how much of a difference it must make to regular attendees at home matches to go from an average crowd of less than 20,000 to more than double that figure and this is just one advantage to the games.
Another real advantage to the Series is that the players get the chance to play on the home field of teams like the New York Yankees or the LA Dodgers.
Players always seem to raise their game for the big occasions, no matter what sport they play it is just how it happens.
So the event provides a memorable day for players, coaches and fans alike and it is quite difficult to argue that the Stadium Series is not beneficial for everyone.
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