The Winter Classic Won't Be The First Major Foray Outdoors For Vegas

The city of Las Vegas has a deeper outdoor hockey history than you'd think. In fact, it goes back decades. Here's a look at where the roots in Vegas hockey were planted.

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The Vegas Golden Knights will travel to the Emerald City to take on the Seattle Kraken on New Year's Day. But this isn't any typical hockey game. While two points will be on the line, it'll take place outdoors at T-Mobile Park, home of the Seattle Mariners. Instead of home runs, we're getting goals.

The classic event has hosted various memories at iconic venues, including Ann Arbor Stadium and Fenway Park. This matchup should be no different, with T-Mobile Park preparing for another epic Winter Classic.

But this won't be the first time the city of Las Vegas has been involved in some form. Whether it's by a professional team participating or the city hosting, Sin City does have some history behind playing outdoors.

We have to go back decades to look at the first time Las Vegas was involved with an outdoor hockey game. Youngins', get your pencils and pieces of paper out! You're about to learn a little bit about how the seeds were planted in Vegas for some hockey!