Today the NHL announced that the 2015 Winter Classic will be held at Washington D.C.’s Nationals Park. This year’s annual outdoor celebration of hockey will feature the Washington Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks, and will take place on Jan 1, 2015.
Both teams will be making their second appearance in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, and the Caps will be making their hosting debut. In 2011, the Capitals defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in front of a crowd of 68,111 people at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field. The Blackhawks hosted the Detroit Red Wings at historic Wrigley Field in 2008, with Detroit winning 6-4.
“We are thrilled the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will be played at Nationals Park as we welcome the Chicago Blackhawks and their fans to our nation’s capital,” said Capitals Majority Owner Ted Leonsis.
Located in Southeast Washington, south of the Capitol and adjacent to the Navy Yard, Nationals Park is home to MLB’s Washington Nationals. The 41,546-seat venue is complete with panoramic views of the riverfront, Navy Yard, the surrounding city and landmarks such as the Capitol and the Washington Monument.
This year’s game will be the fourth NHL Winter Classic to be held in a baseball stadium, with the iconic New Year’s Day game previously held at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Fenway Park in Boston and Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
The 2015 NHL Winter Classic will be held at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 1, 2015.
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