Well, Citi Field appears to be the frontrunner to land the NHL’s Winter Classic next year. How do you like them apples?
According to a report from Newsday, the Queens-based home of the Mets is likely to host hockey’s marquee outdoor event in 2018, with the New York Rangers facing off against the Buffalo Sabres in January. A deal has yet to be finalized, but the sides are reportedly close and an official announcement may be coming soon.
Both the Rangers and Sabres have previously played in a Winter Classic, with the Rangers taking on the Flyers at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park in 2012 and the Sabres hosting the Penguins at Ralph Wilson Stadium for the inaugural event in 2008.
This would be the first Winter Classic to hit the city of New York in the 10-year history of the event, though there were two outdoor Stadium Series games held at Yankee Stadium in 2014.
It wouldn’t be the most shocking setting or matchup for the Classic, as the NHL seems to favor American east coast teams to host the event. That being said, it’s always questionable to hear about an outdoor game that doesn’t involve the Chicago Blackhawks.