The concept for the NHL's Winter Classic began in 2004 with NBC Sports VP Jon Miller who pitched the idea nearly four years before the first game in 2008. The first Winter Classic was held in Orchard Park, New York at Ralph Wilson Stadium between the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins. Prior to the 2008 Winter Classic only three other NHL games had been recorded as being played outdoors. One of these games being the Winter Classic's Canadian counterpart, the Heritage Classic in 2003. Since the first Heritage Classic it has become a tradition to wear retro-style throwback sweaters in each of the Winter Classic games.
The Winter Classic game proved to be a huge success as far as ratings go. After the first Winter Classic in 2008 each game after has gained an increase in attendance. The second Winter Classic in 2009 between Detroit and Chicago reached the highest American television ratings of any hockey game in over 30 years and thus leading to the annual scheduling of the NHL Winter Classic.
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2017 NHL Winter Classic Preview
The 2017 Winter Classic will be one of six outdoor NHL games of the year and will pit the St. Louis Blues against the Chicago Blackhawks at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Blues will participate in the Winter Classic for the first time ever, and will look to build off of a 2016 season that saw the team reach the 3rd round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Chicago Blackhawks will compete in the Winter Classic for the first time since 2015. The 2017 Winter Classic continues in what has been one of the most exciting traditions in the NHL and will feature two teams with some of the most loyal fan bases in all of the NHL.
NHL Winter Classic FAQs
What venues has the NHL Winter Classic been played in?
What are future venue's for the NHL Winter Classic Game?
Due to the Winter Classic's popularity numerous locations have been mentioned as future locations for the game. Though MLB and NFL stadiums have been the only hosts for the game in past years bids are open to all kinds of venues including the Canadian Motor Speedway, National Mall, and Central Park. With the St. Louis Blues receiving the 2017 Winter Classic bid the game will be held in St. Louis in 2017.
How can I buy cheap Winter Classic tickets?
TicketCity offers a large selection of Winter Classic tickets which includes some of the lowest priced seats on the market. Bigger matchups and more nationally-ranked teams typically push demand higher & ticket prices, though usually the matchups are top notch. Marquee teams like the Maple Leafs, Bruins, and other teams with large fan bases, can drive up Winter Classic ticket prices. The Winter Classic is one of the biggest sporting events in the hockey season, so get tickets early to avoid the rush the month before the game.