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2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®

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About the 2020 NHL Winter Classic®

  • The Dallas Stars will host the 12th NHL Winter Classic® in NHL history.
  • Dallas is the ninth team to play host to the game, joining Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Washington. Boston, Buffalo and Chicago are the only two-time hosts.
  • Dallas is the 12th team to participate in an NHL Winter Classic® game. The Chicago Blackhawks lead all NHL clubs with four appearances in the NHL Winter Classic® Game (2009, 2015, 2017, and 2019).
  • The Stars and Predators are the 24th and 25th teams to participate in an NHL Winter Classic®, NHL Stadium Series™ or NHL Heritage Classic™ outdoor game. Only six teams have never participated in an outdoor game: Arizona, Carolina, Columbus, Florida, Tampa Bay and Vegas.
  • Cotton Bowl® Stadium is the sixth football venue to host the game and third college football venue to have an NHL Winter Classic®, joining Michigan Stadium and Notre Dame Stadium.
  • Cotton Bowl® Stadium will become only the third venue in the state of Texas to host a regular-season NHL contest along with American Airlines Center and Reunion Arena.
History of Cotton Bowl® Stadium

  • Built in 1930, the first game played in the stadium was a clash between two local area high schools.
  • The 1966 NFL Championship was played at Cotton Bowl® Stadium, which was the 34th NFL championship game. The Packers defeated the Cowboys, 34-27 and went on to win Super Bowl I against the Kansas City Chiefs two weeks later.
  • The SMU Mustangs called Cotton Bowl® Stadium home on two separate occasions from 1932-78 and 1995-99.
  • Each year, the stadium hosts one of the most iconic rivalry games in college football. The Red River Showdown between the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners has been played each year at the venue since 1932. Texas leads the series, 62-46-5.
  • Along with the annual game between Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners, Cotton Bowl® Stadium also hosts the State Fair Classic, pitting Prairie View A&M University Panthers against Grambling State University Tigers.  
  • The Dallas Cowboys played their home games at Cotton Bowl® Stadium from 1960-71. Prior to the Cowboys, the Dallas Texans (AFL) played from 1960-62 at the stadium.
  • The stadium hosted six men's soccer matches during the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
  • The Dallas Burn/FC Dallas of the MLS played at Cotton Bowl® Stadium from 1996-2002 and 2004-05.
  • In 2014, Champions League powerhouses Real Madrid and A.C. Roma faced off in a match at the stadium as part of the International Champions Cup.
Frequently Asked Questions

The Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® is an annual event held by the National Hockey League featuring two NHL Clubs playing an outdoor game in a historically significant venue.

The annual Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will take place at the historic Cotton Bowl® Stadium at Fair Park in Dallas on January 1, 2020.

The Stars will play the Nashville Predators in the NHL Winter Classic®. The game will mark the first NHL regular-season outdoor game for both Dallas and Nashville.

NHL Winter Classic® jerseys are on sale now! Click here for more information.

Tickets are on sale now. Click here to view seats.

Ticketing prices can be found by clicking here.

Season Tickets for 2019-20 will consist of 43 home games, rather than the traditional 44 home games. Season Ticket Holders will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to the NHL Winter Classic® to go along with their ticket package.

Ticket Pricing & Information

Any child 2 years of age and older will require a ticket to enter the stadium and must occupy their ticketed seat.

Please note that the sight lines of the venue are not typical of an indoor hockey game.

Official Pregame Fan Festival

Highlighting the Truly Hard Seltzer® NHL® PreGame will be an appearance by the most revered trophy in all of sports -- the Stanley Cup® where fans can take photos from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CT and from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CT, a variety of hockey attractions, live musical performances, and much more.

Located inside The State Fair of Texas Midway, fans will also be able to enjoy select rides for free including, but not limited to, the Texas Star® Ferris Wheel, Top o' Texas Tower, Texas Skyway (entrance to ride is located in Cotton Bowl® Plaza), Pirate Ship and Lone Star Scooters (Bumper Cars).

The Truly Hard Seltzer® NHL® PreGame will feature several hockey-themed experiences, including a space where all Stars fans can gather before and after the game. Stars personalities and former players will join Victor E. Green and the Dallas Stars Ice Girls to entertain fans throughout the pregame festivities. This will include roundtable discussions with Stars Alumni, autograph signings, a DJ, interactive games hosted by the Dallas Stars Street Squad, on-site broadcast from Sportsradio 1310/96.7FM The Ticket and more.

All fans will be required to go through metal detectors upon entry into the Truly Hard Seltzer® NHL® PreGame and all bags will be subject to search. Re-entry to PreGame is not permitted once entering.

A 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® game ticket is required for entry to the Truly Hard Seltzer® NHL® PreGame.


Schedule of events
  • 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Fan festival open on State Fair Midway and Cotton Bowl Plaza (game ticket and security screening required)

  • 9 a.m. - Live Pregame Show on The Ticket 1310-AM, 96.7-FM with hosts Sam Hale and Ryan Medellin

  • 9:20 a.m. - Roundtable discussion with Daryl "Razor" Reaugh and Stars alumni (Marty Turco, Brenden Morrow, Jere Lehtinen)

  • 9:45-10:30 a.m. - Alumni autographs (Marty Turco, Brenden Morrow, Jere Lehtinen)**

  • 11:00 a.m. - Roundtable discussion with Josh Bogorad and Stars alumni (Ed Belfour, Craig Ludwig, Brad Lukowich)

  • 11:00 a.m. - Doors to Cotton Bowl Stadium open

  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - Alumni autographs (Ed Belfour, Craig Ludwig, Brad Lukowich)**

  • 11:45 a.m. - Live Pregame Show on The Ticket 1310-AM, 96.7-FM with hosts Owen Newkirk and Bruce LeVine 

  • 12:30 p.m. - 2020 NHL Winter Classic begins

  • Postgame to 8 p.m. CT: Fan festival open on State Fair Midway and Cotton Bowl Plaza (game ticket and security screening required)

* All times Central

** Each autograph session is limited to the first 100 fans. Wristbands will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

Tailgating Information

Tailgating activities will be permitted in Pre-Purchased Lots only including: Lots 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13 & Parry Ave Lot; from the time parking lots open until puck drop only (approximately 12:30 p.m. CST). Tailgating is not permitted during the game or postgame.

Fans are encouraged to purchase parking passes in advance here.

Parking Spaces

Fans can only occupy one (1) parking stall per parking pass. Tailgating in the parking lots must be limited to the area directly in front of or behind the vehicle. Tents and tailgating equipment must not extend beyond into drive/fire lanes, along sidewalks and painted walkways, or other areas deemed by Fair Park staff as an obstruction. Saving parking spaces is not allowed at any time. Fans who want to tailgate together must arrive together. Fans are not allowed to rope off or reserve tailgate areas. Tailgating in empty stalls is prohibited.


Alcohol Consumption

Excessive or underage consumption of alcohol will not be tolerated. Drinking games or any other activity that is linked to competitive or binge drinking are not permitted. Games or activities determined by security staff to be unsafe or which could cause harm to other fans will not be allowed.



Natural gas or propane grills are permitted, however, charcoal grills and oil fryers are not permitted.


Food and Beverages

Fans are limited to preparing/ providing food and beverages for their family and friends only. Private catering companies or the sale of food or beverage items to other fans is not permitted.


Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Unmanned aircraft systems (i.e. drones, radio controlled model aircraft, etc.) are prohibited. Possession or operation of such devices will result in immediate ejection from the area and law enforcement intervention.


Audio Equipment

Portable public address systems are not permitted and large portable radios and sound systems inside vehicles cannot be used at excessive volume levels or play music not suitable for a public setting (i.e. profanity in lyrics) as determined by parking lot or security team member.



Small portable electric generators (6500W or less) are allowed, however, electrical cords cannot be placed across parking area drive aisles, any sidewalk or create a trip hazard for other fans.


Prohibited Items and Activities

Weapons of any kind, fireworks, glass containers, illegal drug use, the sale of goods or services, fighting and harassment, and the advertising or display of commercial signage is not permitted.



If you bring it take it away! Fair Park encourages all fans to reduce, reuse and recycle and dispose of all waste in appropriate waste and recycling containers. Please help keep Fair Park clean!



» Fans vehicles that fail to comply with all Parking Guidelines will be subject to tow and all fees associated with the impounding of the vehicle are the responsibility of the owner.

» Fair Park First, City of Dallas, Spectra, State Fair of Texas, National Hockey League, and ACE Parking do not guard, or assume care, custody, or control of vehicles or their contents and is not responsible for any fire, theft, damage, or loss. Lock vehicles, remove/hide valuables, and take your keys!

» Tailgating in parking lots is intended for Winter Classic ticket holders only, and fans are reminded that the NHL's Code of Conduct extends throughout these areas.

'Road To The Winter Classic' series

"Road To The NHL Winter Classic™," the limited series that will chronicle the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators as they prepare to meet outdoors in the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® on Jan. 1 at Cotton Bowl® Stadium in Dallas, will premiere on Saturday, Dec. 21, the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today. The three-week, limited series will air on NBCSN and NHL Network in the U.S. and on SN1 in Canada.

The first episode will air on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m. ET on SN1 in Canada. Fans in the U.S. will be able to watch the premiere episode on Monday, Dec. 23, at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN immediately following the New York Rangers-Philadelphia Flyers game. The first two episodes will be 30 minutes each, with a special one-hour finale set for Monday, Jan. 6, on NBCSN and SN1.

Full episodes will air on NHL Network™ and will be available for viewing on, YouTubeFacebook and Instagram. The series also will air outside North America via international broadcast partners.


Episode 1 - Monday, Dec. 23, at 9:30 p.m. CT immediately following New York Rangers-Philadelphia Flyers

Episode 2 - Friday, Dec. 27, at 5:30 p.m. CT

Season Finale - Monday, Jan. 6, at 9:30 p.m. CT immediately following Edmonton Oilers-Toronto Maple Leafs

NHL Network

Episode 1 - Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 8 p.m. CT

Episode 2 - Saturday, Dec. 28, at 5 p.m. CT

Season Finale - Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 8 p.m. CT

NHL Social/Digital Channels

Episode 1 - Tuesday, Dec. 24

Episode 2 - Sunday, Dec. 29

Season Finale - Tuesday, Jan. 7

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