Flyers and Penguins to Play Outdoors in Philly in 2019
After playing at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh last season, the news came down during the Sunday Night Football broadcast that the Flyers and Penguins will also be partaking in another outdoor game next season as well.
While we knew these teams would face each other outdoors, we did not know the venue until now.
On Feb. 23 2019, the Flyers and Pens will play at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles. The Flyers hosted the New York Rangers in the Winter Classic back in 2012 at Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Full release below, per the Flyers:
The National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today that the Philadelphia Flyers® will play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins® outdoors at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, as part of the 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™.
This will be part two in the outdoor "Battle for Pennsylvania." The Penguins took round one in 2017, playing to a crowd of more than 67,000 at Heinz Field when they edged out the Flyers in a 4-2 win. The game will be the Flyers fourth regular-season appearance outdoors, and the Penguins fifth such game. The 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ will mark the sixth consecutive year that Coors Light has been the title partner.
"On behalf of the Philadelphia Flyers, we are thrilled to host the 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Lincoln Financial Field", said Philadelphia Flyers President, Paul Holmgren. "The stadium, voted one of the best in the NFL, offers excellent sight lines so every fan attending will have a great view to enjoy the game. We are proud to be able to showcase our city, fans and team for such a great event."
"The Penguins and Flyers will renew one of our League's fiercest rivalries in this Coors Light NHL Stadium Series match-up," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "Lincoln Financial Field will provide a perfect setting for these cross-state opponents and their passionate fan-bases."
"Coors Light knows that challenges are opportunities to reach new heights. And, there's nothing that captures that spirit like facing off with your rivals in the elements," Coors Light Vice President of Marketing Ryan Marek said. "We can't wait to offer consumers the World's Most Refreshing Beer as they watch the Penguins and Flyers continue this amazing tradition, joining in with players and fans alike to celebrate the climb to victory."
The Keystone State rivals have met 281 times in the regular season since joining the NHL together in 1967-68, with Philadelphia holding a 344-233 edge in points (PHI: 153-90-38-344, PIT: 98-146-37-233). They also have faced off six times in the Stanley Cup® Playoffs, with the Flyers winning four of those series, including their most recent match up in the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
"It's always a special opportunity to take the game back to its roots and have NHL players skate outdoors," said Pittsburgh Penguins President and CEO, David Morehouse. "We competed against the Flyers outdoors at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh 2017 and look forward to completing the in-state 'home-and-home' series at Lincoln Financial Field in 2019. It should be a great atmosphere."
"Over the years, players who have had the opportunity to hit the ice outdoors in a regular season game have always described it as one of their career highlights," said NHLPA Special Assistant to the Executive Director, Mathieu Schneider. "There is no doubt that the Penguins and Flyers players will put on a great show for the passionate fans in Philadelphia, and those watching at home, adding to the history between these two teams."
The Flyers and Penguins continue to feature some of the League's top talent. Philadelphia is led by Hart Trophy finalist Claude Giroux, NHL All-Star Shayne Gostisbehere and 2017 NHL All-Star MVP Wayne Simmonds. The Penguins are led by captain Sidney Crosby, a two-time winner of both the Hart Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy, Evgeni Malkin, winner of both the Hart Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy, and defenseman Kris Letang, a three-time NHL All-Star. Each player has won three Stanley Cup® Championships with the Penguins.
The game will be broadcast live on NBC in the United States and on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada. Additional details on the 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ including ticket information, special events and further television broadcasting information will be released at a later date. NHL Social™ will have exclusive coverage on all social platforms, and those looking to join the conversation can use the official hashtag NHL #StadiumSeries.