Chicago Blackhawks and Capitals set for 2015 NHL Winter Classic
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Imagine this: it’s New Year’s Day, on a cool, crisp morning and you’re pulling up to Nationals Park in Southeast Washington D.C. to watch… hockey? Yes, hockey, believe it! The 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic is set to descend upon D.C. where the Washington Capitals will take on the Chicago Blackhawks in the home of Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals on January 1st at 1 PM.
In what will be the sixth installment of the now iconic #WinterClassic, the matchup itself is an intriguing one. The potent, star-studded Blackhawks are the 2010 and 2013 NHL Champions and feature some of the game’s brightest stars in forwards Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and defenseman Brent Seabrook. The Captials, firmly in the playoff mix in the NHL’s Eastern Conference, also boast one of the league’s best in 3-time league-MVP Alexander Ovechkin. The two titans of the game will go head-to-head in what will be the second appearance for both squads in a Winter Classic.
Nationals Park, which will be hosting the spectacle on New Year’s Day for the first time, joins a list of impressive venues that have previously hosted the event including Chicago’s Wrigley Field, Boston’s Fenway Park, and Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park. The 2014 Bridgestone Winter Classic, recipient of the 2014 Sports Business Award for “Sports Event of the Year” was played at Michigan Stadium in front of a crowd 105,491, a record for an NHL game. As the game draws closer, officially just 20 days away, the time to secure Winter Classic tickets and your Washington D.C. area hotel room is running out. Located just 15 minutes from Nationals Park, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir provides free parking, Smart Start breakfast, Wi-Fi, a convenient centralized D.C. area location and award winning service for any Winter Classic attendee. For an even faster trip to the game, ride our hotel’s free shuttle to the Huntington Metro Station, one of the easiest ways to get to Nationals Park. Click here for info on which metro stops you can use to get to and from. The eyes of America will be on Washington D.C. as one of the biggest sporting events comes to the Capital. Will you be there to experience every NHL fan’s outdoor, Winter Classic dream?