The Washington Capitals are on tap to host the 2014-2015 Winter Classic. According to reports, there could be another 3 or four locations
hosting an outdoor event next season.
While the Washington Capitals haven’t been told where they will play, or who they will be playing – we do know that our nations capital will host the Winter Classic.
With multiple games on the docket – you would think that the Heritage Classic could return as well; and a smaller sampling of Stadium Series games. You can read the full report from NBC Sports.
Could the Buffalo Sabres return to the outdoor venue as either the opponent or host of the event? The Buffalo Sabres were the first hosts of the Winter Classic – hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Buffalo could return the Winter Classic to Ralph Wilson Stadium, or they could invade Coca-Cola Field, home of the Buffalo Bisons. While it would not set records for attendance, the 18,050 seat stadium would sell out quickly and has more than ample seating for the event.
You could also use the 2008 Winter Classic ice surface – still in service as the Healthy Zone Rink, now located at 41 Riley St in East Aurora.
If the National Hockey League doesn’t want to repeat venues – or allow the Buffalo Sabres to host such an event – could the young Buffalo Sabres impress league officials enough to be the visiting team at an outdoor event in the near future?