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NHL looking at various sites for Washington’s Winter Classic

Sep 21, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT

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With the announcement of the Washington Capitals hosting the 2015 Winter Classic, the speculation on just where the game is played can begin. While the Caps will host it, who they’re playing and where they’ll play the game is still to be decided.

CSNWashington.com’s Chuck Gormley was on hand at Capitals Convention for today’s announcement, and NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins says there are four possible locations in the region they’re looking at.

“Obviously, Nationals Park, with the relationship with Ted [Leonsis], but also the fact it’s a new ballpark [opened in 2008]. It’s a phenomenal ballpark. It’s downtown, it’s got a lot of the charm and element we like.

“We’ve been there and we know how good a ballpark it is. It’s available. I don’t think they’re playing baseball January 1. I would say that would be one of the first. But we’ll look at RFK. We’ll talk to FedEx. We’ll look at Camden Yards. We have blue skies for a little while and then we’ll focus on getting a deal done with one of the venues.”

The mention of Camden Yards in Baltimore is a curious one as it’s the more picturesque of the two baseball stadiums, yet Nationals Park is located in downtown Washington. Considering all Caps owner Ted Leonsis has done to get the game in Washington, you’d think he’d want it actually in the city, but he says that decision is up to the NHL and that’s OK.

Both FedEx Field and RFK Stadium would offer more seating than either Nats Park or Camden Yards, but the NFL schedule could keep them out of FedEx and RFK’s lack of aesthetics might keep the NHL away from there.

If they want a football stadium and they’re already scoping out Baltimore, perhaps M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens, could be in play.

  1. nj666 - Sep 21, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Thats kind of odd that they make this announcement and don’t have a location already set.

  2. Jeff - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Yeah, really. But that’s the NHL for ya. It never seems polished. Six games wasn’t enough to announce this year. It had to announce next years WC too?!

  3. farvefromover - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Have it on the mall. Build a ton of stands, no other Winter Classic is as outside of the box as that. Just a thought

  4. Stiller43 - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    “Obviously, Nationals Park, with the relationship with Ted [Leonsis], but also the fact it’s a new ballpark [opened in 2008]. It’s a phenomenal ballpark. It’s downtown, it’s got a lot of the charm and element we like.”

    Okay….as someone who visits nats park ~5 times a year, it is not an amazing park…not bad, but does not have charm, and is located literally a block away from a place you would be likely to get stabbed if you went there.

    Made the accident of getting off the metro and walking the wrong way once. Was scared for my life. The other way is slightly more built up…but the parks in a ghetto area with no great skyline view of anything

  5. jimw81 - Sep 21, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    it would be funny if it was flyers vs capitals. just like at phillies vs nats games, philly fans would still outnumber washington fans. #Nattitude.

  6. watermelon1 - Sep 21, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    The reflection pool between the Lincoln memorial and the Washington monument.

    Anything else is just ridiculous.

    Make it happen!

  7. mp1113 - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Camden yards. Best stadium ever.

  8. dcfan999 - Sep 22, 2013 at 4:14 AM

    Nats park is better then Camden yards not gonna be in Baltimore if Baltimore wants a hockey team get there own

  9. letsgocaps88 - Sep 22, 2013 at 4:21 AM

    I went to the WC in Pittsburgh and had a blast. Can’t wait for this one. Being from Baltimore. Camden yards would be pretty amazing but that is a long shot. RFK is bad enough for DC United games though the crowd is solid! I’ll be a homer and say their is alot of caps fans in the Baltimore ,Howard co and Anne Arundel county area that don’t get the love that N. VA does.

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