The league plans to have overflow general admission seating in one of the stadium's end zones. Fans will be permitted to watch the game while standing on the field, as the NHL attempts to recreate the kinds of scenes found in the infield at auto races and events such as horse racing's Preakness Stakes. The plan is to have the fans slightly off the ground -- perhaps a few feet -- in order to allow them a better view of the ice.
The fans will be shielded from flying pucks by protective netting. They'll stand around the stage where the NHL will have music artists perform before the game and during intermission.
The Stadium Series game is scheduled for Feb. 18. It's the first outdoor game for the Hurricanes and the fourth appearance for the Capitals. The Hurricanes were originally scheduled to host the NHL Stadium Series on Feb. 20, 2021, but the event was postponed because of health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.