Nashville, Tenn. (Jan. 25, 2019) - The National Hockey League announced Friday that the Nashville Predators will face off against the Dallas Stars in the 2020 Bridgestone Winter Classic. The game will take place on Jan. 1, 2020, at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
The 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will be the first-ever, regular-season outdoor game appearance for both Nashville and Dallas. Dallas will become the ninth team to host the game, joining Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Washington, with Boston, Buffalo and Chicago being the only teams to have hosted multiple games. Although the 2020 event will mark the 12-year anniversary of the NHL Winter Classic, it will be the first game of its kind to be played in the South.
Bridgestone, the arena naming rights holder of the Nashville Predators, and one of our biggest partners, returns as the title sponsor of the NHL Winter Classic for the 11th consecutive year. In those 11 years, with Bridgestone's support, the NHL Winter Classic has become a widely-anticipated annual sporting event.
"The opportunity to be a part of another one of the NHL's premier events on an international stage at the 2020 NHL Winter Classic is so exciting and would not be possible without our passionate fans and the entire Smashville community," Predators President & CEO Sean Henry said. "We look forward to working with the League, the Dallas Stars and the city of Dallas to make this the best Winter Classic in the series' 12-year history."
Located just east of downtown Dallas, the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium becomes the sixth football stadium to host the NHL Winter Classic and the third college venue. From 1937 to 2009, the venue hosted the Cotton Bowl Classic, an annual NCAA Division I bowl game. Since 1932, the annual University of Texas and University of Oklahoma "Red River Showdown" football game has been held at Cotton Bowl Stadium during the State Fair of Texas. Along with college football, the stadium has served as the home field for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League and the Dallas Texans of the American Football League. Both the Southern Methodist University Mustangs football team and FC Dallas of Major League Soccer have called Cotton Bowl Stadium home on several occasions. Cotton Bowl Stadium also served as a venue for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, one of nine stadiums in the United States selected to host matches during the international event.
Additional details relating to the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, including ticketing and broadcast information, will be released at a future date. Fans can sign up for news and information on all of the NHL's events at NHL.com/events.