Washington, DC, United States (4E Sports) – Washington Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis is expected to announce that the team will host the 2015 NHL Winter Classic, a league source said.
The Capitals declined to comment on the report that Leonsis will make the announcement Sunday.
The source added the venue and the Capitals’ opponent are not yet known but Nationals Park may be one of the options, considering that Nationals owner Mark Lerner is a minority partner in Leonsis’s Monumental Sports and Entertainment.
The Capitals also have other stadium options in the region, including FedEx Field, RFK Stadium or perhaps even Oriole Park at Camden Yards
However, Leonsis earlier ruled out the holding of a hockey game at the National Mall, which is managed by the National Park Service.
“The idea of a game being played on the Mall has been floated around for many years – it is NOT feasible; there aren’t enough common areas to build out seats,” Leonsis wrote on Jan. 3, 2012 in his blog.
“And the expense involved to create locker rooms; ice stands and studios are prohibitive. The Mall is managed by the National Park Service, as well,” he added.
The Capitals captured a 3-1 victory over the Penguins in the 2011 Winter Classic at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.