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Report: NHL, Nationals in discussion on Winter Classic venue

Aug 16, 2014, 2:57 PM EDT

In a photo provided by National Hockey League Images and taken with a fisheye lens, a record crowd watches the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs play in the Winter Classic outdoor NHL hockey game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/NHLI, Noah Graham) AP

News of the Washington Capitals hosting the 2015 Winter Classic broke almost a year ago in September 2013, but as of this writing, there’s still no decision on a venue.

The Capitals and Blackhawks are scheduled to play outdoors in Washington on New Years Day.

According to a story in the Washington Post, there are still on-going discussions regarding a venue for the game.

NHL officials visited Nationals Park home to the Washington Nationals, RFK Stadium where the MLS’ D.C. United play home games and FedEx Field home of the Washington Redskins.

The report says FedEx Field has already been ruled out due to a Dec. 28 football game between the Dallas Cowboys and Redskins. According to the Post, there wouldn’t be enough time following the football game for an outdoor rink to be assembled for a 1 p.m. puck drop on Jan. 1.

Events DC CEO Greg O’Dell confirmed that the NHL is currently in discussions with the Nationals to host the Winter Classic at the ball park.

“I have not been told definitively by anybody that they have ceased discussions,” he said.

The January game will be the second one outdoors for the Capitals while the Blackhawks played in the 2009 Winter Classic and played against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a Stadium Series game last season.

Related: Blackhawks talk up 2015 Winter Classic


  1. stunzeed5 - Aug 16, 2014 at 3:11 PM


  2. alicesrightfootesq - Aug 16, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Nats Park is one of the best MLB stadiums. Good choice.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 16, 2014 at 5:27 PM

      And it’s somewhat unlikely the Potomac River will freeze enough by then for a game of river shinny.

  3. 19inarow - Aug 16, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    They’re still giving the Caps these events? It isn’t 2010 anymore.

    • billiam55 - Aug 16, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      its because of number 8. if he wasn’t on the caps nhl wouldn’t give a hoot about the capitals.

  4. billiam55 - Aug 16, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    how about a boston/montreal winter classic? two classic teams with a classic rivalry.

  5. watermelon1 - Aug 16, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Winter classic should be in DC, but not at a baseball park. Reflection pool, end of story!

  6. cliffatola - Aug 17, 2014 at 2:36 AM

    Considering the owner of the Nats is also part owner of Monumental Sports, I am not sure why there is even a debate about it.

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