NHL Stadium Series heads to MetLife Stadium

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MetLife Stadium, home of the NFL’s New York Jets and New York Giants, will host two NHL games next February as part of the ice hockey league’s Stadium Series.

The regular-season games will see the New Jersey Devils take on the Philadelphia Flyers on February 17, before the New York Rangers face off against the New York Islanders the following day.

It will mark the first time that four NHL teams have played outdoor games at the same venue in front of fans. Navy Federal Credit Union, an official NHL partner since 2018, will return as the Stadium Series’ title sponsor for the fourth time.

Next year’s event will feature the 40th and 41st NHL regular-season outdoor games. They will be the third and fourth outdoor games of the 2023-24 season, after the Edmonton Oilers host the Calgary Flames at Commonwealth Stadium on October 29 and the Seattle Kraken host the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Park, home of Major League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners, on January 1.

The NHL and MetLife Stadium are partnering with the State of New Jersey and the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority to deliver the February games. It will mark the first time that New Jersey has hosted the Stadium Series, and the first time the series has featured games on consecutive days.

Steve Mayer, NHL executive vice-president and chief content editor, said: “We had always wanted to go back to play a game at MetLife Stadium. It’s always been an interest of ours. MetLife is an extremely difficult place to think about doing a Winter Classic because of the two NFL teams that are in that building, the Jets and the Giants. So, we also had been talking to them on and off and been interested for a long time.

“There have been many iterations of what we wanted to do here, but when we started getting into the matchups, the game, the tri-state area and the great hockey that right now is being played in the New York area, we felt like, ‘Wouldn’t this be unique and different?’ And always trying to keep the Stadium Series and all our outdoor games fresh and the ideas fresh, wouldn’t it be great to go with a doubleheader?”

Mayer said the Devils-Flyers game is likely to be at night, but it is unclear what time of day the Rangers and Islanders will play.

MetLife Stadium has previously hosted major events such as the Super Bowl, WrestleMania, the Copa América final and the Army-Navy Game. It will serve as an official match venue during the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which the US will co-host alongside Canada and Mexico.