I blogged this yesterday. A good-news, bad-news situation here. Good news that the NHL is planning way in advance to find a way to have a full season in 2021. Bad news...this idea and covid-19 absolutely suck. There is absolutely nothing good about a situation where fans aren't allowed in the stadiums and players have to live in a bubble environment for seemingly an entire fucking year. None of that is good.
Having said all of that...the NHL could do one thing that would be a silver lining with this entire no fans reality...it frees them to play the Winter Classic in a true out-door setting. Instead of having it at Target Field or Yankee Stadium or wherever...play it somewhere like here
Logistically I have no idea how it would work, but I am sure that the NHL could find a place cold enough in January to have good quality ice that could support boards and zamboni system of some kind so it's good and safe for players to skate on. It would be like a legit Mystery Alaska situation which is how the NHL always portrays the Winter Classic even when it's played in the Barstool Sports Penn National Stocks Only Go Up Stadium in Buffalo. The MLB was going to play a game in a fucking cornfield this year as a hat tip to Field Of Dreams. The NHL should have a true outdoor game on an outdoor surface. Broadcast the entire game using drones or something so you don't need to worry about cranes or building camera stands. Make it happen. This is a good idea and I am giving to the NHL for free because I love them and since it was my idea I think it's only fair that the Blackhawks are in the game since they haven't been in the Winter Classic in a while. Play it on Lake Louise. Let's go