"The NHL has confirmed to me they are going to do an outdoor game in Winnipeg. I don't have a specific date to announce but it would be our preference that we do it in the 2015-16 season," Chipman told the paper Monday. "The date hasn't been confirmed but our preference is to do it then. The league's commitment to doing an outdoor game in our city is fantastic. It's something we've been talking about for some time and it's part of a significant strategy to do outdoor games and it will be great to be a part of it. We just have to firm up some details and hopefully we'll have a date to announce fairly soon."
According to the paper, the NHL gave Chipman the choice to host an outdoor game either next season or in 2015-16.
"For us, it will be our fifth year and there's something about commemorating our fifth year back in the NHL that I like and it gives us a little bit more time to get our feet underneath us in terms of operating a team," Chipmand said. "I wouldn't want to go out any further than that. We'll be ready by then and the stadium is very capable of handling it."
The CFL's Grey Cup might also take place in Winnipeg that same season, and there is an opportunity to expand the stadium to 41,000 seats.