Winter Classic venue discussions still underway

Winter Classic venue discussions still underway
August 16, 2014, 2:30 pm
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Nina Falcone

It's been almost a year since news first broke that the Washington Capitals would host the 2015 Winter Classic, but a location for the outdoor game against the Chicago Blackhawks still remains to be seen.

According to a report from the Washington Post, discussions regarding a venue for the game are still underway as NHL officials visited Nationals Park, RFK Stadium and FedEx Field. But so far, only FedEx Field has been ruled out as the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys are slated to play a game there on Dec. 28, which wouldn't leave enough time for the outdoor rink to be assembled.

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At this point, Nationals Park appears to be the front-runner. But at the end of the day, the Nationals organization will have the final say in whether they want the game held at their ballpark. In the meantime, Events DC CEO Greg O'Dell said discussions between the team and the NHL are ongoing.

"I have not been told definitively by anybody that they have ceased discussions," he said.

"For us, first and foremost, we want it in Washington, D.C. We’ll be supportive of any of the venues, and we’ll make RFK an option if necessary."

The Jan. 1 game will mark the Capitals' second outdoor matchup. It will be the third for the Blackhawks, who participated in the 2009 Winter Classic and 2014 Stadium Series.