The NHL starts its season in Prague on Oct. 4, with the Philadelphia Flyers playing against the Chicago Blackhawks at Prague’s O2 Arena. Tickets were sold out on the Ticketportal network back in March.
“The 2019 NHL Global Series will mark the third straight year, and the eighth season overall, that the NHL has traveled to Europe to play regular-season games. These games reward the legions of loyal and passionate fans in Europe that enjoy live NHL games available via international broadcast partners and the NHL’s streaming service, NHL.TV,” said the NHL in a press release.
“The three games [this] fall will be the 26th, 27th, and 28th NHL regular-season games played in Europe. The Oct. 4 game, between Chicago and Philadelphia, will mark the fifth NHL regular-season game played in the Czech Republic, at O2 Arena in Prague. The two games between Buffalo and Tampa Bay will mark the 12th and 13th NHL regular-season games played in Sweden, and the 11th and 12th games played at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm,” the NHL added.
O2 Arena is one of the most modern multi-purpose halls in Europe, with up to 18,000 seats and built for the Ice Hockey World Championships. The 2003 championship games that were supposed to be held were postponed to 2004, due to construction delays. The arena’s original name was Sazka Arena. O2 Arena is now the home of Prague local team, HC Sparta Prague.
Before the Blackhawks and Flyers play their season openers, they will play exhibition matches in Berlin and Lausanne at the end of September against European teams.