STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — The minor-league Williamsport Outlaws debuted on the ice Wednesday night in downright balmy conditions for hockey.
Organizers say the Outlaws are the first modern pro hockey team in North America to play its entire home schedule outdoors.
Their home ice is a regulation rink built atop Bowman Field, the oldest minor league ballpark in Pennsylvania and home of the Single-A Williamsport Crosscutters, a Phillies affiliate.
Wednesday night was all about hockey after the Outlaws hosted the Dayton Storm in the Federal Hockey League. Dayton won 5-2.
The combination of the makeshift rink and unseasonably warm weather made for an unusual night.
Some fans showed up in T-shirts and shorts with the game-time temperature at 67 degrees. A temporary scoreboard was set up on the edge of the infield.