Jan. 1 outside recreation anticipated to be ‘considered one of our greatest ones ever’

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By
Derek Van Diest

@DerekVanDiest
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Steve Mayer believes the 2024 Uncover NHL Winter Basic between the Seattle Kraken and Vegas Golden Knights will rank amongst among the finest outside video games of all-time.

The chief content material officer on the NHL mentioned he can really feel the thrill in Seattle, the place the Kraken will host the Golden Knights at T-Cellular Park on Jan. 1 (3 p.m. ET; MAX, TNT, truTV, SN, TVAS).

“We’re going to be offered out once more, the thrill is loopy within the city, and the whole lot about it’s simply excellent,” Mayer mentioned Thursday. “This can be a nice one. I believe it’s so distinctive within the two groups which might be enjoying and I’m actually trying ahead to it. I believe it’ll be considered one of our greatest ones ever.”

The Kraken will likely be enjoying of their first outside recreation of their third NHL season. Mayer mentioned one of many targets of the sport is to showcase town of Seattle and promote a few of its iconic landmarks.

“Wherever we go in any of those outside video games, we wish to make it the place any fan watching, regardless of the place they stay in North America and world wide, that they know instantly that we’re broadcasting from Seattle,” Mayer mentioned. “The thought course of all the time begins with town you’re in and what makes town distinctive and why we’re right here.”

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Seattle welcomed the Kraken’s arrival and supported the staff from the opening drop of the puck. The Kraken certified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs of their second season, eliminating the defending 2022 Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche within the Western Convention First Spherical. Seattle misplaced to the Dallas Stars in seven video games within the second spherical.

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Mayer mentioned the tv broadcast will incorporate lots of the well-known Seattle landmarks such because the Area Needle, Pike Place Market and The Seattle Nice Wheel, a large Ferris wheel situated on Pier 57.

“We wish to lean into the story of a brand new franchise that represents the League and what the League is all about,” Mayer mentioned. “The great thing about the Kraken and the Golden Knights is how they’ve established themselves; their fan bases are passionate and rabid, they’ve accomplished so properly, they introduced hockey to locations that didn’t have it earlier than. This says the whole lot that you have to know in regards to the NHL. And to lean into the surroundings right here, the water, the boating, the place it’s situated, the Pacific Northwest, all these issues are available in to play while you’re creating what that is about.”

Taking part in the sport at T-Cellular Park, the house of Main League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners, additionally offers Mayer and his workers a singular alternative reworking the stadium right into a hockey venue. Renderings for the way the stadium will look had been unveiled by the NHL on Thursday.

“To be on this unimaginable stadium really works very well for us due to the sight strains, the sections are raised, so that you’re in a position to construct issues which have some peak,” Mayer mentioned. “So we construct some set items, like a ship that’s in middle discipline that’s shipwrecked, and it’s shipwrecked due to the tentacles of the Kraken. These are the sorts of issues we’re in a position to do right here that we weren’t in a position to do in different stadiums.”

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The NHL additionally introduced the musical acts performing on the occasion, which incorporates Seattle native Sir Combine-A-Lot and Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame band Coronary heart.

“Being in a baseball stadium there’s a lot room within the outfield, and for stadiums like this one which has a reasonably important quantity of seats within the outfield, and also you need to have the ability to entertain these folks as properly,” Mayer mentioned. “The man who’s sitting in proper discipline, you need him to say, ‘I used to be sitting proper subsequent to the stage for Coronary heart, and the man in left discipline, ‘That was the place the TNT studio was, and I obtained to see Wayne Gretzky all night time.’ You actually had to consider what every fan’s expertise will likely be. It’s all the time distinctive and it’s all the time somewhat completely different, however we’re making an attempt to make it possible for every fan, regardless of the place they’re within the stadium, get this unimaginable expertise, one thing they’re all the time going to recollect.”

Mayer mentioned the NHL was additionally lucky for the matchup, with the Kraken internet hosting the defending Stanley Cup champion Golden Knights. Vegas entered the NHL as an enlargement staff for the 2017-2018 season and received the Stanley Cup in its sixth season.

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“Once we determined to do that recreation, we determined to do a matchup of the 2 newest enlargement groups and little did we all know that considered one of them was going to be the Stanley Cup champ,” Mayer mentioned. “We obtained fortunate. I used to be with them the night time earlier than opening night time, the whole staff we took to the (Las Vegas) Raiders (NFL) recreation and the following night time was their banner elevating, and I’m not kidding after I inform you all they might discuss was the outside recreation. They had been so psyched. Keep in mind, Vegas performed in an outside recreation (2021), but it surely was with none followers in Lake Tahoe. So that is the primary time they’ll be enjoying in entrance of the group.”