|Photo from the Hershey Bears official website.|
While the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins partake in tonight's Stadium Series outdoor game in the NHL, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms won't have to wait long to participate in an outdoor game at the AHL level.
The Hershey Bears announced just before puck drop in their Saturday night game against Toronto that the Bears will be hosting the Phantoms in the AHL's Outdoor Classic at HersheyPark Stadium on January 20, 2018 - five years to the date the Bears hosted the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the 2013 AHL Outdoor Classic in front of 17,311 fans back on January 20, 2013.
The Phantoms organization are no strangers to outdoor games themselves, having hosted the Bears at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on January 6, 2012 in front of an AHL record 45,653 fans.
Per the Phantoms' official press release, Phantoms season ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase tickets with a pre-sale date to be announced. Information on a public on-sale for ticket purchases for the 2018 Outdoor Classic will be announced at a later date.
There have been no shortage of extra AHL events for the Phantoms, who hosted the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic at the PPL Center last month.
Here's a look at the history of the AHL Outdoor games.