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Report: ‘major announcement’ is Caps getting outdoor game (Updated)

Sep 19, 2013, 5:05 PM EST

Alex Ovechkin

On Wednesday, we passed along word that the Washington Capitals would be making a “major announcement” Saturday at their fan convention.

What that “major announcement” would be, we weren’t sure — but we speculated it could involve a future outdoor game, possibly the 2015 Winter Classic.

Well, Thursday, Sky Kerstein of 106.7 The FAN in D.C. tweeted that “multiple sources” are telling him that it is, indeed, an outdoor game the Caps will be announcing. And he’s hearing it’s “probably” the Winter Classic.

We noted it Wednesday, but we’ll note it again that the Caps were once reportedly the “favorite” to host the 2014 Winter Classic, before the 2013 version was pushed back a year due to the lockout.

One would think the Caps would host an outdoor game at FedEx Field (football) or Nationals Stadium (baseball), but there are other options in the area (e.g. nearby Baltimore has football and baseball stadiums).

Update:

It’s now multiple reports saying the Caps will host the 2015 Winter Classic, and there is apparently speculation the opponent will be the Philadelphia Flyers.

As for the location of the game, here’s part of the Washington’s Post report:

The location of the contest and the Capitals’ opponent for it is still unknown, but considering Nationals owner Mark Lerner is a minority partner in Leonsis’s Monumental Sports and Entertainment, Nationals Park in Southeast Washington may be a likely candidate. The Nationals lease the ballpark from the District, though, and would not have exclusive control over such a decision.

  1. dankpuffalot - Sep 19, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Schedule makers have it easy since the NHL appears to have only 6 teams.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:35 PM

      Totally, the caps, penguins and hawks have had 2 or 3 now, jeeeze. Give some other teams a chance. Bias league, run by a complete sellout dick, named Gary Bettman. Arghhhhh, so frustrating, and don’t even get me started on the new rules.

      • badintent - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:41 AM

        Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ! The Cup ain’t leaving the States for another 20 years. ! Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. The hockey strike cost many of my friends their bar jobs. Screw all the greedy players. Next lockout , just bring in Russian players , teams and run the NHL with Russian oil $$$$$$$$$$$$$$.Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

  2. mnwildfan15 - Sep 19, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Wow this is bullsh!t, what is it too cold to play an outdoor game in Minny? Time to boycott the WC and all the outdoor games. Have fun with the ice conditions in LA.

    • stakex - Sep 19, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      The Winter Classic, is about one thing…. ratings. It will always be played among big market teams that will draw a large national audience. People will tune in to watch a Caps winter classic. No one outside Minny cares to watch the Wild. That’s what you get for being a fan of a smaller market team with no national appeal.

      • longcutskolvikes - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:48 PM

        Show me the data that proves the Capitols generate significantly more revenue than the Wild. If you gage market size on interest in hockey, Minnesota dwarfs the entire southeastern seaboard.

      • clefty1 - Sep 20, 2013 at 9:59 AM

        The Caps are not a national draw…

      • buddysguys - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:50 PM

        i dotn consider Washington to be in in the South Eastern Seaboard. i could be wrong though.

      • longcutskolvikes - Sep 20, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        Perhaps not, It’s without a doubt Southeast of where I am, and much closer to the Atlantic Ocean.

  3. mp1131211 - Sep 19, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Too bad they aren’t SECEDING, huh, ibieiniid?

    • mp1113 - Sep 19, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      nice user name bro.

      also bring it to CAMDEN YARDS

      • mp1131211 - Sep 19, 2013 at 7:18 PM

        Mines longer

      • goodellisruiningtheleague - Sep 20, 2013 at 9:38 AM

        It’s a DC team… why would they bring it to that cess pool Baltimore?

    • ibieiniid - Sep 20, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      I have no clue what you mean by that.

      Anybody know how hard it is to get tickets for the Classics if you aren’t a season ticket holder? I’d like to go to this one…. only know one family of Caps season ticket holders, and I have a feeling they won’t give theirs up easily.

  4. mustbechris - Sep 19, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    It won’t be, but I really hope it’s at JFK.

    • ibieiniid - Sep 20, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      why? because it’s in the city? it, for sure, isn’t a better stadium. FedEx seems fine, but I bet they do it in some unexpected location.

  5. mustbechris - Sep 19, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    And by JFK I of course mean RFK. JFK was in Philly and it’s a shame it’s no longer with us because a Winter Classic there would be incredible.

    But this is about DC, and I really hope it’s at RFK.

    • wethog66 - Sep 19, 2013 at 10:10 PM

      RFK is not up to the challenge. The city let it go to the point the Military Bowl wouldn’t hold its game their anymore and went out to Annapolis to host it.

      Best facility to host it in DC would be Nats Park. Newest venue in the area that will provide nice warm places to watch the game for the high rollers. FedEx a distant 2nd, and Baltimore? Yeah right.

      • ironyisadeadscene - Sep 20, 2013 at 8:11 AM

        and Nats park is metro accessible

  6. seanb20124 - Sep 19, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Washington will not host the game in Baltimore. That is my opinion

    • 8man - Sep 19, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      I agree. It’d be nice, but that would be a major stretch for that to happen. I think RFK, FedEx and Nats Field would all have to say NO first.

    • therealjr - Sep 19, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      Zero point zero percent chance the Capitals host their outdoor game in Baltimore.

  7. nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 19, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Considering how many outdoor games the NHL is staging, this is not a major announcement, merely an announcement. A major announcement would be that they AREN’T getting one.

  8. dcfan999 - Sep 19, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    It’s gonna be at nats park not Baltimore Baltimore stinks

    • DJ MC - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:42 PM

      Unfortunately, the only stadiums in the DC area worth hosting an outdoor game are in Baltimore.

      RFK is a hole. JKC is a newer hole (and I bet the NHL stays away from anything remotely relating to that team and their controversy). Nats Park is fine, but completely generic.

      A Winter Classic in Oriole Park would be beautiful.

      • wethog66 - Sep 19, 2013 at 10:13 PM

        Baltimore is the only place to hold it huh? Camden Yards was great but that generic, and ugly, Hyatt Hotel is an eye sore that screwed up the great view of that ball park. And the Crows Stadium? Please.

        For anyone to think Leonsis would host the game outside of DC is crazy. Especially hosting it in Baltimore. Comparing DC with Baltimore as far as scenery, skyline, relevence and uniqueness, there is no comparison. DC every day of the week, and twice on Tuesday.

      • DJ MC - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:00 PM

        You can’t see any of that scenery, skyline and uniqueness from any of the possible DC venues, though. And relevance…well, they held the original game in Buffalo.

        I think the most likely spot is Nats Park, but that’s just the best of poor options. Unless they decide to do something really unique like play it on the Mall. That would be fantastic.

      • ibieiniid - Sep 20, 2013 at 8:51 AM

        lol, “skyline” in DC. you mean the one tall building there? the monument? maybe if there was a stadium facing Alexandria, you’d have a skyline…. but DC doesn’t have one you could see above any sort of stadium wall.

      • wethog66 - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        You forgot the Capital Building. There is a reason why DC has height restrictions on buildings within the city limits.

        Yes the ideal place would be the reflecting pool or the mall itself. Talk about a unique Winter Classic. And with 2 years lead time there is a possibility that would happen.

      • ibieiniid - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:54 PM

        a game on the reflecting pool….. whoa. that’s an interesting idea. idk how realistic it is, but very very interesting.

  9. capsfan19 - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    CAN I GET A HOT TUB!

  10. blomfeld - Sep 19, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Chesapeake Bay ?

    May it be that Ovechkin and company play their ‘silly’ outdoor game on the great frozen waters of Chesapeake Bay … and may it be that the ice gives way and Ovechkin is left swimming in the frigid waters, replete with his ‘stupid’ yellow laces, tinted visor and tucked in jersey … God willing !

  11. tackledummy1505 - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    I agree with one other person here, why cry about an outdoor game when everyone is having them now. I mean the Rangers are having 2 games at Yankees Stadium and I think there’s one being played at Dodgers Stadium, even Calgary and Vancouver are having an outdoor game. Of course they’re spread over the season but everyone is playing in one now, so how special is the Winter Classic anymore, except the fact it’s played on Jan. 1st? I’m kind of mad I spent $500 on the Philadelphia Flyers Winter Classic now that they’ll have probably another one next season or the season after, just for a regular game outside. It just won’t be played on Jan. 1st.

  12. davem23 - Sep 20, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Leonsis has a piece of the Nats, almost guarantees is will be at Nats park.

  13. clefty1 - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    To many outdoor games now…

  14. rebekah319 - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    The capitals have already been in a winter classic why do they need another one???? They should be giving the game to teams that have not had one and spreading the joy around but that would be too easy

    • ibieiniid - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      ohhhhhh don’t you worry about your team getting an outdoor game. only a matter of time til every team gets a home outdoor game every season. lookin’ at you, Arizona.

    • wethog66 - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      Rumor I’ve heard is Leonsis was promised an opportunity to host a Winter Classic in exchange for agreeing to play Pitt in the Winter Classic a couple years ago.

  15. terrier92 - Sep 20, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    I do not get NBC/NHL fascination with Capitals

    I find them a rather dull team to watch

    How about Bruins/Buffalo back at Ralph Wilson

  16. ufostomper - Sep 20, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    It’s borderline southeast I think Virginia/dc is the borderline there could be wrong though

  17. pizzaman77 - Sep 20, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Sure would be nice to see a Sabres vs Leafs match up, or something…it’s not like they’re known for their respective areas being cold in winter

  18. andyreidisfat - Sep 20, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Well it’s quite nice of the NHL to give my flyers another home WC…. What’s that you say, it’s in Washington ? Yeah like I said, another home WC for flyers fans ….

    Anyway. I’d like to see it on the mall, even if they can not get as many fans, it would be unique and a huge tv draw for the league

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