After playing in an outdoor hockey game last season in West Sacramento, the Condors are ready to stage one of their own.
The Condors, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, are having a “major” announcement at Bakersfield College on Aug. 23.
No doubt that announcement will provide particulars for an outdoor game to be held there on Jan. 7. Among those who will be on hand is Rich Cubin, CEO of Rink Specialists, the company which put the ice down for the 10-day Toledo, Ohio, Winterfest last season.
The Condors played the Stockton Heat at Raley Field last Dec. 19, the only AHL outdoor game last season. The game was delayed a day because of rain.
Condors president Matthew Riley said last December that the Condors were approached about holding an outdoor game last season, but because of the move to the AHL he felt taking on an outdoor game would have been overload for his staff.
Riley, as well as representatives from Edmonton, were in West Sacramento for last year’s game, and he said then the Condors were seriously considering doing an outdoor game.
“Whenever it can happen,” Riley told The Californian before last year’s game. “We’re going to check things out. Maybe as soon as next year.”
Next year is upon us. The Condors play their home opener Oct. 22.