Today the Washington Capitals have announced they will host the 2015 Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2015, their opponent and the location are yet to be determined. The Capitals have been waiting three years for their chance to host this very popular NHL event. This year the Detroit Red Wings host the Toronto Maple Leafs in Ann Arbor, MI at the "Big House" home of the Michigan Wolverines.
This will actually be the second time the Capitals have played in the WC, the Caps had a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2011 Winter Classic at Heinz Field. In front of a crowd of 68,111 and with 4.5 million viewers tuning in, that was most watched regular season game ever in the United States. Forbes magazine has called the Winter Classic the best new sporting event of the last ten years.
Washington Capitals' owner Ted Leonsis stated "We are extremely excited to host the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and bring this great event to the D.C. area. Our great fan base deserves to experience the magnificence of an outdoor game. We are thrilled to once again be part of this great event.”
Washington Capital season ticket holders will have WC ticket information sent to them when it becomes available. The NHL will release ticket information, the jersey designs, and the official 2015 Winter Classic logo in the coming months. The Winter Classic is obviously gaining in popularly amongst hockey fans, but I think it is important that the NHL doesn't over saturate this great game with too many Winter Classics.