2011 NHL Winter Classic Possible Sites and Matchups

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Possible Sites and Matchups for the 2011 NHL Winter Classic

One week ago, the 2010 NHL Winter was played at Fenway Park in Boston with the hometown Boston Bruins winning an exciting 2-1 Overtime contest over the Philadelphia Flyers. I am sure the NHL is consider sites and teams to compete in future contests.

My personal opinion is that 2011 NHL Winter Classic will played in New York, either at new Yankee Stadium, Citi Field, or new Giants Stadium. A great matchup to consider is the New York Rangers versus the Washington Capitals.

I think the NHL would to showcase one of the sports biggest stars in Alex Ovechkin of Washington Capitals. He is nothing but great is having a great season for the Caps. He has turned the Nation's Capital into a big hockey city. Even diehard Redskins fans created signs for Ovechkin to play for them in their tough season.

Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins played in the first NHL Winter Classic. Other top young players who participated are Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Red Wings Pavel Datsuyk, Bruins Tim Thomas, and Sabres Ryan Miller.

I think a Rangers/Caps NHL Winter Classic would be great at New Yankee Stadium. I would not be surprised to see other places bid for the game in the next few years. Imagine 108,000 fans rooting the Red Wings on at Michigan Stadium or the game being played at new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Hockey is very big in Texas and pretty popular thanks to Stars moving to Dallas in 1993.


Here is my prediction of future cities and venues for the NHL Winter Classic

2011 - New York at new Yankee Stadium

Washington, DC at Nationals Park or FedEx Field

Detroit at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor or Ford Field

Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park or Lincoln Financial Field

Denver at Invesco Field

Dallas at new Cowboys Stadium

Toronto at Rogers Centre with dome open

Minneapolis/St. Paul at new Target Field or new Vikings Football Stadium

Columbus at Ohio Stadium aka The Horseshoe

Pittsburgh at Heinz Field or PNC Park

The success of the NHL Winter Classic is proving this is a great event for the NHL and casual hockey fans. Staging the game on January 1st is a great way to attract new fans. An interesting note about the game is that the winner of the game reached the Stanley Cup Finals, 2008 - Pittsburgh and 2009 - Detroit. I guess we will see if the Bruins reach the Stanley Cup Finals this year. Please feel to suggest your thoughts about possible venues and matchups.

It was announced on May 28, 2010, that the 2011 NHL Winter Classic will feature the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals. The 2011 NHL Winter Classic will be played at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. This matchup will feature the NHL's two biggest stars in Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. Look for the NHL to have a second outdoor game in Canada promoting the NHL Heritage Classic. A matchup of the Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens is a strong possibility. This matchup would take place on February 20, 2011. The full NHL schedule will be announced on June 22, 2010.

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Wass11 6 years ago

As much as I would like to see the classic come to the Rogers Centre in Toronto, I think the game in New York with the Capitals would be a great setting to showcase one of the top stars in Ovechkin. 2012 would be a great to see Toronto Vs Montreal with Toronto being the host.


Penguins Winter Classic Tickets 6 years ago

Yes,the main event.NHL Winter Classic 2011 is set to be held at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, January 01,2011 Saturday 1:00 pm. Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals will be this year's team.


MJD252 6 years ago from York, Pa

God, I would love to go to this game. I haven't been to a pro game [not including Hershey] in ten years. I last saw the Flyers/Capitals on Super Bowl Sunday January 2000 in Washington.

To be outside watching two very talented teams going at it on the pond...a match made in heaven. I do envy anyone who has had the chance to be at one of these games in the past. The Penguins/Sabres game had to be the best. [This statement coming from a die-hard Capitals fan.]


Ted 6 years ago

I attended a college hockey game last year at Camp Randal Stadium in Madison. It was in January, there were about 80,000 people in the stadium and it was one of the best live sporting events I've ever attended. If you have a chance to see hockey outside you cannot pass on it!

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