For the NHL’s Winter Classic 10-year anniversary, the game is looking likely to be played in New York City for the first time in its history. Specifically, the game is set to be played at Citi Field, which also will be hosting hockey for the first time.
The game, which will be played on January 1, 2018, is set to be between the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Rangers.
Neither team are strangers to playing hockey in the elements—the Sabres hosted the inaugural Winter Classic ten years ago, at Ralph Wilson Stadium—home of the Buffalo Bills—losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in a shootout. The Rangers played in the 2012 Winter Classic at Citizen’s Bank Park, defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2.
The Rangers also played in the Stadium Series in 2014, defeating the rival New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders at Yankee Stadium in consecutive games.
Despite the proximity to the Rangers, this is likely to be a road game for the Broadway Blueshirts—otherwise, Madison Square Garden will no longer be tax-exempt.
With the Winter Classic comes increased fanfare, daytime hockey outside, and new merchandise for Sabres and Rangers fans to throw their money at.