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My Winter Classic Idea: Charm City ... Tonight's Start: 7 p.m. ... Montreal Canadiens @ Florida Panthers

Camdenyards Was hanging out with some friends in Pompano Beach last night, and started talking about hockey's newest, biggest thing: The Winter Classic.

I loved watching last year's game at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, but this year's game at Wrigley Field was fantastic. I like the idea of staying in ballparks, but I would be cool with Penn State, Michigan or Ohio State football stadiums as well.

With the threat of NFL playoffs, I do think the NHL should stay away from them. Unless the Jets got their own stadium. Then you could hold it there every year. Or Cleveland Browns Stadium. Whatever.

Here are some of the places I think the NHL is looking at (and I'm not buying those Las Vegas/Los Angeles rumors at all): New Yankee Stadium, New Shea Stadium, Fenway Park, Michigan/OSU/Beaver Stadium, PNC Park (Pitt) and Citizens Bank Field (Philly).

Camdenyards2 My idea: Camden Yards in Baltimore. Yes, I know Baltimore doesn't have a hockey team, but you put the Capitals and Flyers in there and you've got regional gold with a national appeal. Everyone loves the Caps, and the Flyers are a national draw.

Ripken And most sports fans love Camden Yards. Think of it: Boog Powell, Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray and the National Hockey League.

I even like the fact that the game is in a non-NHL market. Makes the game look better. And crab nachos at Nacho Mamas in Canton for everyone. This would be a Winter Classic I wouldn't miss.

Feel free to discuss. On Frozen Poll NEXT!

-- Don't forget tonight's game starts at 7 p.m., not the usual 7:30. Game time was changed because TSN put in for a national game. They have that right.

-- Nothing exciting out of practice today. Nick Tarnasky is in, Anthony Stewart is out. Panthers trying to avoid the Montreal sweep having lost the previous three meetings between the teams. Montreal is trying to avoid the Sunshine State Sweep after losing in Tampa on Tuesday.

 

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Fenway - Montreal v Boston

Camden yards would actually be a great place to have host the game, both because of what you stated and that the ballpark's layout would work much better for an ice rink than Wrigley Field did. Imagine the rink running down the third base line (but parallel to the stands), and almost everyone would have a great view, you could even set up bleachers on the field to get a larger attendance number, or you could leave the view of the warehouse open. Here's a link to their seating chart, http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/bal/ballpark/seating_pricing.jsp.

People would actually be able to see the game and the only obstructed view would be the lower level in foul territory of right field.

I'm there. No, really, I'm actually there, sitting with a National Bohemian and waiting for somebody to install the rink.

How about that 5-1 win tonight?!? Even Bouw seemed naturally excited. Good to see the boyz having fun.

i think they should hold an allstar game in the outdoors

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