SAN JOSE -- Sharks chief operating officer John Tortora said Monday that the team remains "in the running" to host an outdoor game in 2015 but added that nothing is official.

As this newspaper reported in early May, there are strong indications that the Bay Area will play host to an outdoor game as part of the NHL's Stadium Series next winter -- either at AT&T Park or the 49ers' new Levi's Stadium. CSNBayArea.com, citing multiple sources, reported Monday that the Bay Area is expected to be chosen as a Stadium Series host.

Giants president Larry Baer has voiced his support for the game to be played in San Francisco, telling this newspaper in February that "our ballpark would be perfect."

The number of outdoor games played next season is expected to be reduced from six to four. Washington, D.C., will host the 2015 Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2015. Other cities reportedly looking to host a game include Minneapolis, Boston and Denver.

In January, the Los Angeles Kings hosted the Anaheim Ducks before 54,000 fans at Dodger Stadium. That game, two at Yankee Stadium, and one at Soldier Field in Chicago sold a combined 220,000 tickets, generating a reported $40 million in revenue.



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