3 Reasons Why the NHL Should Go Back to Lake Tahoe for a Special Outdoor Game

With the 2024 Stadium Series matchup coming up, it's fun to think about which other venues can host this event. Here's why Lake Tahoe deserves consideration for an outdoor event.
NHL Outdoors At Lake Tahoe - Vegas Golden Knights v Colorado Avalanche
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1. It Can Be Successful With Fans in Attendance

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2023 American Century Championship - Day Three / Isaiah Vazquez/GettyImages

The NHL Outdoors doubleheader is a great idea in theory. Hockey wouldn't be played in a gigantic football stadium or baseball park. You could play hockey in natural elements, bringing players back to their roots. While the doubleheader didn't have fans because of the pandemic, this event would be successful with fans in attendance.

Take the American Century Championship, for example. The golf tournament at Lake Tahoe, which has been a boon for famous athletes such as Mario Lemieux and Stephen Curry, has been a massive draw. In fact, last year's tournament drew a record crowd of 76,810 fans across the event.

With those gargantuan numbers, there's no reason why you couldn't pass up such an event. Fans would get to enjoy a scenic view that would make Norman Rockwell blush, along with their hockey game. How cool would that be if a sea of Golden Knights fans traveled for this event?

With the standard NHL rink being 200 ft by 85 ft (60.9 m by 25.9 m), it would be the ideal fit for Edgewood Tahoe Resort (6,135 m). The possibilities are endless regarding the location, which the NHL can have fun with. You can capitalize on the popularity of the Vegas Golden Knights, as well (I'll get more on that later). It's a win-win for Gary Bettman.