DALLAS -- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said there are no plans as of yet for when a midseason stadium-based outdoor hockey game might take place at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. The NHL has run the Winter Classic annually, but also added a handful of "Stadium Series" games this past season and has never attempted one in the Dallas area.
"I certainly wouldn't rule it out," Bettman said prior to Monday's Game 3 between the Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks at American Airlines Center. "It's an unbelievable stadium. I think our focus will be on making sure that when we're ready to come that it will be sold out. All of our outdoor games get sold out, and that's a big stadium."
The Stars said earlier this season that they are exploring the possibility, but have continually stressed that it will be a few years because they want some momentum generated from the club's first playoff berth since 2008. They also want to be sure they work with the league to pick the right opponent and the right time to do it.
Bettman said the NHL hasn't studied it yet, but he wasn't concerned about having the building setup to handle it.
"We’ve been pretty creative with the outdoor games, so when we think it’s time that stadium will configure appropriately for us," Bettman said. "We’re all in agreement [the Stars and the league] that the attention on the playoffs and pursuit of the Cup, that’s a good thing. It hasn’t been the case in a few years, so that’s good. It’s a building process."
Then, after that, they'll talk about playing at AT&T Stadium.