WASHINGTON — The Capitals could be getting another outdoor game.
Two years removed from the Caps’ successful hosting of the Winter Classic at Nationals Park, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports the NHL is considering the Naval Academy in Annapolis as a potential host site for a future outdoor game.
As for the United States, the league has something interesting brewing with some branches of the military. We’ve mentioned before the idea of playing at Army, with the Rangers as the visiting team. It sounds like they are also considering the Naval Academy, too. No one is saying what this all means right now, but I have to assume that would be a Washington game. And it’s also possible the games would be played simultaneously or at least on the same day. I’m really curious to see the exact plan, but it sounds very interesting. Could be a great idea and spectacle.
With a capacity of 34,000, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium might not be an ideal fit for a Winter Classic, but as CSN Mid-Atlantic’s J.J. Regan notes, the NHL has allowed smaller venues to host Stadium Series events.
Friedman goes on to write:
However, this may not happen next season. As you can imagine, such a combination would take a ton of planning. The NHL really wants to take these games to the “next level,” which moves them out of current markets and into big-name third-party locations. That’s got Notre Dame written all over it, and South Bend is very much on the mind for New Year’s 2018.