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By the numbers: 2020 NHL Winter Classic

Cotton Bowl Stadium will become just the third college football venue to host the league's New Year's Day outdoor game

by Press Release @PR_NHL / NHL Public Relations

DALLAS -- A look at the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® "By the Numbers."

1 - The 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Cotton Bowl® Stadium will be the first NHL regular-season outdoor game for both the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators.

2 - Number of 2020 GRAMMY nominations country duo Dan + Shay received this year. The duo will take the stage during the first intermission of the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®.

4 - Number of horseback riders that will carry U.S., Texas, Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators flags as part of the national anthem ceremony for the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®.

6 - Cotton Bowl® Stadium will become the sixth football stadium to host the NHL Winter Classic®. Cotton Bowl® Stadium is the third college football venue to host the game, joining Michigan Stadium (2014) and Notre Dame Stadium (2019).

10 - Number of players born in Texas to have played at least one NHL game (current and former). No goaltenders born in Texas have ever played an NHL regular season or playoff game.

11 - The number of times Bridgestone, the official tire of the NHL has been the title sponsor of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®.

11 - Approximate number of hours the Truly Hard Seltzer® NHL® PreGame at the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will be open on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at Cotton Bowl® Plaza and The State Fair of Texas Midway. The 2020 Truly Hard Seltzer® NHL® Pregame will feature an appearance by the most revered trophy in all of sports - the Stanley Cup® where fans can take photos from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT and 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. CT, a variety of hockey attractions, free giveaways, live musical performances, and much more.

12 - The 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will mark the 12th NHL Winter Classic® and continues the tradition the League established in 2008 of hosting a regular-season outdoor game at the onset of the new year. Since 2008, the NHL Winter Classic® has been played in Buffalo (2008), Chicago (2009), Boston (2010), Pittsburgh (2011), Philadelphia (2012), Ann Arbor, Mich. (2014), Washington, D.C. (2015), Foxborough, Mass. (2016), St. Louis (2017), New York, N.Y. (2018) and South Bend, Ind. (2019).

29 - The 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will mark the 29th NHL® regular-season outdoor game contested. Of the previous 28 games that have been played, 17 of those have been hosted within football stadiums, 10 have been inside baseball stadiums and one inside a soccer stadium.

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30+ - The Dallas Sports Commission estimates that the projected economic impact from the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will be upwards of $30 million.

32.78 - The latitude of Dallas is 32.78 degrees north of the equator, which will make the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® the southernmost NHL regular season outdoor game.

35.3 - Average temperature at puck drop, in degrees Fahrenheit, for the previous 11 NHL Winter Classic® games (2008 -- 31.1°, 2009 -- 31.9°, 2010 -- 39.6°, 2011 -- 51.7°, 2012 -- 41°, 2014 -- 13°, 2015 -- 37°, 2016 -- 41°, 2017 -- 46°, 2018 -- 21°, 2019 -- 35.5°).

37 - Average low temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit, for Dallas on Jan. 1, according to accuweather.com.

53 - Length, in feet, of the world's largest mobile rink refrigeration unit, specially built for outdoor games conducted by the NHL.

56 - Average high temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit, for Dallas on Jan. 1, according to accuweather.com.

59 - Number worn by Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi, who leads the club in scoring with 39 points (14-25-39 in 38 GP) through games played on Dec. 28.

72 - Cotton Bowl® Stadium had played host to the Cotton Bowl® Classic, an annual NCAA Division I bowl game, for 72 years, from 1937-2009.

86 - The 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will mark the 86th time the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators have faced off in regular-season games since the 1998-99 season, with the Stars holding a 98-82 edge in points over the Predators (DAL 46-33-6-98; NSH 38-41-6-82). In addition, the Stars and Predators have met once in the Stanley Cup® Playoffs, with Dallas winning the series in six games.

91 - Number worn by Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin , who leads the club in scoring with 31 points (11-20-31 in 39 GP) through games played on Dec. 28.

101 - As part of the countdown to the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® Derek King, NHL Senior Manager of Facility Operations, hosted an Ice Making 101 field trip for fifth grade students from the Momentous Institute as part of the NHL & NHLPA's Future Goals program, an Industry Growth Fund initiative. The students saw the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) concepts they are learning in the classroom come to life during the Dec. 18 field trip at Cotton Bowl® Stadium.

243 - Number of ice pans under the rink at Cotton Bowl® Stadium, each measuring 30" x 340" in size.

300 - Ton capacity of the refrigeration trailer that will keep the ice cool at Cotton Bowl® Stadium.

350 - Gallons of paint used to make the ice at Cotton Bowl® Stadium white.

500+ - Kids and their families from the South Dallas community that will attend the outdoor game, part of the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® Legacy initiative.

748 - Number of players and coaches who have participated in the NHL's 28 regular-season outdoor games to date (715 players, 33 coaches).

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1,091 - Number of players who have won the Stanley Cup® since the NHL assumed full control of the
trophy in 1926-27. The Stanley Cup® will be on display at the Truly Hard Seltzer® NHL® PreGame, Jan. 1 from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

1930 - Year that Cotton Bowl® Stadium, previous home of the Cotton Bowl Classic bowl game, officially opened its doors.

3,000 - Gallons of coolant used to freeze the rink at Cotton Bowl® Stadium.

3,000 - Kids and families served by the St. Philip's School & Community Center, the recipient of the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® Legacy initiative.

20,000 - Gallons of water needed to create a two-inch ice surface at Cotton Bowl® Stadium for the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®.

1,492,877 - Total attendance for the NHL's 28 regular-season outdoor games, an average of 53,317 per game.

2,500,000 - Number of people that visit the State Fair of Texas each year.

5,900,000 - Amount donated by the NHL, its teams and partners since 2003 to communities across North America as part of the NHL's Legacy initiatives, which have aided thousands of hospital patients in recovery; helped at-risk youth and families gain better access to educational and vocational training; and provided greater access to people of all ages to learn and play hockey.

Limited parking is still available by clicking here. Due to anticipated traffic delays and security screening, fans attending the game are reminded to carpool and arrive early.

For complete coverage of the NHL Winter Classic, including ticket information and fan fest details, click here.

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