The NHL announced today that next season’s annual Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will feature the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres outdoors at Citi Field in New York on New Years Da January 1, 2018.
The field is home to the MLB’s New York Mets and houses 45,000+ people for baseball games. Both the Rangers and the Sabres have participated in the event before, with the Sabres hosting the inaugural event in 2008 and the Rangers playing in Philadelphia in 2012.
"With New York City as its host, the renewal of our New Year's tradition will continue to inspire hockey memories for our clubs, our players, and our fans," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.
Regardless of whether you’re a fan of either team, the Winter Classic has become a must-see event for most hockey fans. The unpredictability of the outdoor environment makes for some compelling television…plus, what else are you really going to be doing on New Years Day?