The neon lights of Broadway will shine bright over the NHL’s Stadium Series games this coming Februrary.
We’re talking Broadway in Nashville, of course.
Today the National Hockey League unveiled its logo for the 2022 Stadium Series game, set to be held at Nissan Stadium in Nashville – home of the NFL’s Titans – on February 26, 2022 between the hometown Predators and the back-to-back defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning.
The NHL says the logo is “inspired by the vibrant neon signs that adorn the legendary Honky Tonk bars of Nashville’s historic Broadway district”, other Nashville-inspired features include the guitar neck as well as three white stars as a nod to the Tennessee state flag.
“Tennessee is home to the best sports fans in the world, and we’re honoured that Nashville has been chosen to host the 2022 NHL Stadium Series game this February,” Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said when Nashville was awarded the game back in June. “Smashville is ready to welcome thousands to Nissan Stadium and show hockey fans all that Music City has to offer.”
The 2022 Stadium Series will be the second time the Predators have taken part in an outdoor game having previously played in the Winter Classic in 2020 down in Dallas. Surprisingly, this will be the first time the Lightning have played in an outdoor game, this will leave just 5 active NHL franchises to have played exclusively indoors throughout their histories.
Other outdoor games scheduled for the upcoming 2021-22 NHL season include the annual Winter Classic which will be held at Target Field in Minneapolis on January 1 between the Wild and St. Louis Blues and the Heritage Classic between the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs in March at Tim Horton’s Field in Hamilton, the home of the CFL’s Tiger-Cats.
We’re still awaiting the uniforms that will be worn for the Stadium Series and Heritage Classic games, the throwback-inspired uniforms the Wild and Blues will wear for the Winter Classic were unveiled back in September. Uniforms for the Stadium Series are almost always designed to be as non-traditional and futuristic as reasonably possible, so expect something completely new for Tampa Bay and Nashville for this one.
Before we go, a look back at the logo history of the NHL’s Stadium Series, which was first held in 2014: