Sharks, Kings to clash in 2015 NHL Stadium Series

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The NHL announced that the San Jose Sharks will take on the Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 21, 2015 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara as part of the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

No two teams in the NHL have played against each other more than the Sharks and Kings have since the start of the 2010-11 season.

They have played 41 games, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs, in the past three seasons, highlighted by seven-game series in each of the past two postseasons.

The Kings rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Sharks in the Western Conference First Round last season and went on to win the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons.

“The growing excitement around NHL hockey in California hockey, the intensity of last season’s playoff series between these teams and the state-of-the-art setting at Levi’s Stadium will bring a thrilling new dimension to the Kings-Sharks rivalry,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said.

Competing in their first outdoor game, the Sharks will become the 19th team in NHL history to play in a regular-season outdoor game.

Playing in their second outdoor game, the Kings lost, 3-0, to the Anaheim Ducks in front of 54,099 fans at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25.

Sharks chief operating officer John Tortora said the success of the game last season at Dodger Stadium played a big role in the NHL returning to California for another outdoor game.

“During last summer into the fall we had reached out to the National Hockey League and expressed an interest in hosting an outdoor game for the ’14-15 season,” Tortora said. “We recognized we had two outstanding venues, Levi’s Stadium, which was in the process of being built at the time, and AT&T Park.”

The Stadium Series game at Levi’s Stadium is the second on the schedule after the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals on Jan. 1, 2015.

The NHL has hosted 13 regular-season outdoor games since 2003-04 with a total attendance of 740,251, an average of 56,942 per game. The four-game 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series drew a total attendance of 217,152, an average of 54,288 per game.

Levi’s Stadium, a $1.2 billion venue, is less than 10 miles from SAP Center. It seats approximately 68,500, including 9,000 club seats and 170 luxury suites. It opened Aug. 2 with a Major League Soccer game between the San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders.

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