NHL Winter Classic to return to Wrigley Field

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Wrigley Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs, will host the NHL Winter Classic for the second time in 2025.

The game will see the Chicago Blackhawks host the St. Louis Blues, with the date and start time to be announced when available. Wrigley Field hosted the Winter Classic in 2009 as the Blackhawks lost 6-4 to the Detroit Red Wings.

Next year’s Winter Classic will mark the seventh NHL regular-season outdoor game for the Blackhawks, and the third for the Blues. The Blues defeated the Blackhawks in the 2017 Winter Classic at Busch Stadium, home of MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals.

The game will continue a tradition the NHL established in 2008 of hosting a regular-season outdoor game at the onset of the new year. The 2025 Winter Classic will be the 16th edition of the game and the 42nd regular-season outdoor game overall.

This year’s Winter Classic took place on January 1 at T-Mobile Park, home of MLB’s Seattle Mariners. The game, which saw the Seattle Kraken defeat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-0, marked the first outdoor ice hockey game in Seattle.

The 2023 Winter Classic took place at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. The Boston Bruins served as the home team and defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1. Fenway Park became the first venue to stage the game twice, and Wrigley Field will join it as a two-time host next year.

Later this month, the NHL will stage its latest Stadium Series games as MetLife Stadium, home of the NFL’s New York Jets and Giants, hosts the New Jersey Devils vs the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers vs the New York Islanders.

The games, which will take place on February 17 and February 18, will mark the first time that four NHL teams have played outdoors at the same venue in front of fans.

Earlier this season, the Edmonton Oilers hosted the Calgary Flames at Commonwealth Stadium in front of 55,411 fans.