Penguins, Flyers to face off in 2016-17 outdoor game at Heinz Field

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One of the league’s best rivalries will be featured among the NHL’s outdoor game slate for the 2016-17 season.

The NHL confirmed Wednesday that the Pittsburgh Penguins will host the Philadelphia Flyers for the Coors Light Stadium Series game next season at Heinz Field, the home stadium of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers.

“The Flyers and Penguins will continue their long-standing ‘Second Six’ rivalry with this Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. “With Heinz Field as the setting and State of Pennsylvania bragging rights on the line, we know the first outdoor meeting of these clubs will add to the long list of great Flyers-Penguins memories as they each celebrate 50 years in the NHL.”

“This is a great opportunity for our fans to see the Penguins face off in a unique outdoor setting against the Flyers, our longtime rivals and another member of the 1967 expansion class,” Penguins team president and CEO David Morehouse added via the league statement. “It will be one of the centerpieces of our 50th anniversary celebration, and we’re excited to be taking part. We appreciate the support of Dan and Art Rooney and the entire Pittsburgh Steelers organization in working with us on this event.”

The NHL has announced four outdoor games for the 2016-17 season, including the Winter Classic match-up between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks at Busch Stadium on Jan. 2, and the Toronto Maple Leafs hosting the Detroit Red Wings in the Centennial Classic at BMO Field on New Year’s Day, and the Heritage Classic between the Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 23.