Monday, September 21, 2009

Ice Hockey In Arlington?

It sure would make one helluva rink, right? From its Wiki:
Cowboys Stadium is a domed stadium with a retractable roof in Arlington, Texas, for the National Football League's Dallas Cowboys. It replaced the open-air Texas Stadium, which opened in 1971, as the Cowboys' home. It was completed on May 29, 2009 and seats 80,000, but is expandable to seat up to 111,000.

The stadium is the largest domed stadium in the world, has the world's largest column-free interior, and the largest video screen hung from 20 yard line to 20 yard line. [9] The facility can also be used for a variety of other activities outside of its main purpose (professional football).
Tickets would have to be quite cheap to get over 100,000 people to pay to watch the Stars but still, what a sight that could be. Maybe they should keep the Winter Classic up north but what about something special? I know the All-Star Game was in Dallas in 2007 so it isn't due to come again anytime soon but - should the NHL bail out from the Olympics and should they revive the World Cup of Hockey - Cowboys Stadium would make for a mighty host for the final game ... What do you think?


Anonymous said...

There is no chance that 100,000 people will pack into a stadium in Texas for hockey. They had trouble selling out the Cowboys game yesterday.

David said...

I'm afraid the only way people will come out to that stadium to watch the Stars is if they are in the Stanley Cup Finals. Similar to the Lightening in their Cup year, bandwagon fans will be packing in the arena to watch the championship, then quickly going back to not caring the next season.

NYR34 said...

Agreed. Hockey in Texas is already a daunting task when trying to fill seats, even for the playoff runs the Stars have had.

Then again, Bettman maight try it, get less than 40% capacity, and finally have grand evidence about warm-weather states not supporting the NHL, right? ;-)

Unknown said...

The Star's don't have a problem selling tickets at the AAC, and there aren't a lot of bandwagon fans that go to the games. Filling 100,000 seats would be a tall order though. It could be against the Leafs or Habs and it would still be tough to sell out.