NHL awards hosting rights for 2022 All-Star, Winter Classic, Stadium Series

The NHL ice hockey league has announced that the 2022 editions of its Winter Classic and All-Star Weekend will be held at Minneapolis’ Target Field and Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, respectively, while Nissan Stadium in Tennessee will host the league’s next Stadium Series event.

The Winter Classic will take place on January 1, 2022 and will see the St. Louis Blues take on the Minnesota Wild at Target Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins. The stadium had initially been due to host the event this year but the game was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2022 All-Star Weekend will be held during the midway point of the regular season, with specific dates to be confirmed when available. It will mark the first time the event has been held at T-Mobile Arena, home of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights.

The 2022 Stadium Series will take place on February 26 at Nissan Stadium, home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans. The event will see the Nashville Predators host the Tampa Bay Lightning, which will be taking part in their first regular-season outdoor game.

The NHL was forced to postpone its Winter Classic and All-Star Weekend events in 2021 after it became clear that fans would not be able to attend due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The events had been due to take place at Target Field and Florida’s BB&T Center, respectively, and the NHL said at the time that it intended to return to the venues in the near future. Although Target Field has been awarded the 2022 Winter Classic, the NHL has opted to take the All-Star Weekend to a new venue in the shape of T-Mobile Arena.   

After postponing this year’s Winter Classic and All-Star Weekend, the NHL held two outdoor games at Lake Tahoe, Nevada in February. The event was held without spectators and took place on a specially-created rink on the lakefront 18th fairway of the golf course at the Edgewood Tahoe Resort.

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