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Reports: 2015 Winter Classic likely headed to Nationals Park

Dec 30, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

A couple of tweets emanating from the Winter Class media room in Ann Arbor:

Nationals Park doesn’t have the history of previous Classic ballpark sites like Fenway and Wrigley, but Citizens Bank Park in Philly, host of the 2012 event, didn’t boast much history either. Opened in 2008, the home of MLB’s Nationals is a modern stadium with all the amenities, and the game will surely sell out quickly.

There’s also this, from the Washington Post in September:

…considering Nationals owner Mark Lerner is a minority partner in [Capitals owner Ted Leonsis’s] Monumental Sports and Entertainment, Nationals Park in Southeast Washington may be a likely candidate. 

Related: Capitals will play host to 2015 Winter Classic

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  1. drewsylvania - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    This won’t work at all. Can you say “bad ice” and “view-obstructing fog”?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      Not sure about those possibilities, but a Winter Classic with “Natitude”? I’m a Nats fan but that is alarming.

    • Tyler - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      The novelty of the Winter Classic is quickly wearing off. The sad thing is, as part of NHL’s TV contract with NBC, the Winter Classic will be around for another 8-10 years (I forget the exact number). This Coor$ Light $tadium $eries they have now is nothing more than a money grab.

      I attended the WC in Buffalo, and while Ralph Wilson stadium is a dump, the atmosphere was great (snow, cold, etc). Not to mention, football stadiums just make more sense given the shape of a hockey rink. Baseball stadiums just seem odd in my opinion and moving them further south each year just runs the risk of a crappy game (see: WC in Pittsburgh). Keep them in the cold weather areas that are more prone to snow and do them once a year, tops.

  2. jpelle82 - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    kinda small venue. they could do it at FedEx and fit 90k in there though if the nhl is all about the $$$. cant imagine what the price of the tickets would be at nationals park…half the amount of seats = double the demand = double the price i would guess. the rich country club elite fans in dc shouldnt have any problems fitting the bill though i’m sure.

    • jpelle82 - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      i like nationals park though, seen some ball games there and the family type environment is great for visiting fans too…not that i would be attending but if i were i would much rather see it there. would be a lot more intimate (well that sounds gay) and enjoyable for fans and there’s really not a bad seat in the house…plus you could avoid the nightmare that is landover maryland and the 495 beltway.

    • narfmoo12 - Dec 30, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      Well of course FedEx field would be great, but then the Redskins can’t play a home game in December or January… They obviously wouldn’t be playing a playoff game, but that’s 4 or 5 games in a row on the road to end the season.

      • killerpgh - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:12 PM

        The Pens/Caps played at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh during the Steeler season on Jan 1st, 2011. The Steelers paid home in week 16 and on the road for week 17. So more or less it didn’t really affect the schedule.

  3. lowenni - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    My bet is that it’s going to be against Philly, especially with the growing intensity between them and the Caps this season.

    • jpelle82 - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      rumors say philly, i would hope its the rangers though. would not be surprised if its pittsburgh because the league and nbc will do anything it can to get 87 and 8’s face on tv together and generate ratings

      • joey4id - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        Pens would make the most sense from a marketing perspective. Why not have the best player in the world take center stage during the NHL’s biggest publicity event of the season? You’d think the NHL’s marketing dept. would be chomping at the bit with 87 & the Pens in the mix.

      • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        The pens and caps already had a winter classic together a few years ago. They wouldn’t give them another one again. It’s gonna be the flyers. It seems pretty set in stone. Wish they would do flyers and pens but I’m guessing they’re afraid of a national televised blood bath that it could become.

  4. gunnyhighway88 - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    I am so happy to hear this. It is the best looking place in the area. I’m sure there’s going to be standing room only tickets too. FedEx is terrible and RFK is too old, but then again, it would be cool to see the stadium bouncing. If you’re a Redskins fan, then you know what I’m talking about.

  5. therealdave123 - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Great most likely another Pittsburgh/Washington Winter Classic. What a bore, already tired of seeing Pitt/Philadelphia/Washington year after year.

    • chanceoffleury - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      Even as a Pens fan I agree. Give some other teams a chance! Mile High Stadium would be awesome for a classic between Colorado and somebody like the Blues. Dallas and Minnesota would be another great one (although I’m thinking their saving Minnesota for 2017 when the Vikings open their new stadium that is supposed to have a retractable roof). I understand that some teams just don’t make sense from a profit perspective, because the Classic is much, much more than just about ticket sales. It’s also about franchises that are gonna get huge TV ratings and buy TONS of merchandise, but it’s not like places such as Minnesota or St. Louis are struggling. They’ve got plenty of fans to buy stuff and pay big bucks for it. So I don’t understand this obsession with this chunk of 5 or so east teams that keep getting them.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Dec 30, 2013 at 7:11 PM

        The new Vikings stadium doesn’t have a retractable roof. It will have a retractable wall (like what Indy has, I think) and a glass roof. If Minnesota ever gets on, it’s going to be Target Field or TCF Bank Stadium

      • chanceoffleury - Jan 1, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        Oops! My bad. Just further helps my point then in that there really is no excuse for the delay in them getting one!!

  6. nj666 - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    dumb, baseball stadiums are the worst venues for hockey, football stadiums make the most sense.

    • JoeAvg - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      Hockey arenas make the most sense. The first couple of these were cool to watch for the novelty but the saturation combined with the poor playing conditions has made me tired of this money grab. The one in Pittsburgh with the rain was the last one for me.

    • jpelle82 - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      yeah but this is the nhl where the owners run the show. leonsis stands to make some money with his partnership if its at nats park. i dont think there’s anyone who wants to see dan snyder get a single $ from this event either.

  7. MyTeamsAllStink - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    I’ve got it…Sports authority field in Mile High ,Avs vs Coyotes

    • JoeAvg - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:56 PM


      Hey you must be from Cleveland!

    • narfmoo12 - Dec 30, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      How can you use an NFL stadium when it would take a full month to build and remove the rink?

      • jpelle82 - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        they did it at heinz field without issue and the steelers had just played the panthers a week earlier at home 12/23. the only reason they didnt do it at the link in philly was because they had a game the day before and they didnt have a WEEK to prepare the rink.

  8. blomfeld - Dec 30, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    This is great news for Ovechkin and his supporters … I wish them all the best ! :)

    ps: Happy New Year to everyone here in PHT land !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

    • theageofquarrel - Dec 30, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      More like:

  9. letsgocaps88 - Dec 30, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    I went to the one in Pittsburgh and had a blast, So really looking forward to this one. Wish they would of looked at M&T bank stadium. I hate SE DC for pretty oblivious reasons.

    • frankiesweep - Dec 30, 2013 at 9:19 PM

      SE DC is beautiful this time of year.

  10. thedavesiknowiknow - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Somewhere there’s a blind man who saw this coming.

  11. watermelon1 - Dec 30, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    If it’s not being played on the reflexion pool, then it’s just a wasted opportunity.

    Who cares if you can’t fit 40,000 seats around. It would be picturesque for tv more than maybe any other sporting event.

  12. nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Sorry Water, but there would be problems aplenty with the Reflecting Pool besides no place for even half that many seats. Since we can’t rely on Nature to freeze it, we’d have to, but we can’t get underneath to lay the freezing pipes. It’s also 18-30 inches deep in various places, so good luck with that. An NHL rink is 85 feet wide by 200 feet long. The Reflecting Pool is a bit bigger: 167 feet wide by a bit more than 2,000 feet long. It’s my understanding that the National Park Service is in charge of it, so it’s not a private venue easily modified for a fun event. I agree it would be pretty though.

  13. capsrockva - Dec 31, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    I wish it were going to be @ RFK though I know it’s too old

  14. vp19 - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    You can see the Capitol dome and the Washington Monument from the upper deck at Nationals Park (just as you can view Philadelphia’s Center City skyline from the Cit and not the Linc). It’s Metro-convenient, plus you don’t have to deal with Dan Snyder, the most fan-unfriendly owner in sports. (And wouldn’t it be nice if the Nationals won the World Series a few months before the Winter Classic?)

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