Before the 2020 Winter Classic between the Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars finished up, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman revealed the location of next year's marquee regular season event.
The Minnesota Wild are set to host the 2021 Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2021 at Target Field in Minneapolis — otherwise known as the home of MLB's Minnesota Twins.
"[Minnesota Wild owner] Craig Leipold has been, to say persistent would be a gross understatement, over the last few years wanting to host a Winter Classic, and we're excited to go," Bettman said during the second intermission of Wednesday's game via NHL.com. "My guess is the temperature there is about 30 degrees cooler than it is here right now (54.9 Fahrenheit), but it should make for a great experience in the State of Hockey."
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The game will be Minnesota's first appearance in the Winter Classic and and the second time the Wild will play in a regular season outdoor game; the Wild hosted the Chicago Blackhawks at TFC Bank Stadium on Feb. 21, 2016 as part of the league's Stadium Series.
"The Minnesota Wild is truly honored to be selected to host the 2021 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic," Leipold said in a statement. "Target Field is a fantastic ballpark and there is no better place for the NHL's marquee event than right here in the State of Hockey. We are grateful for the opportunity to treat our fans to an incredibly unique and exciting experience celebrating our favorite game and would like to thank NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman for his support and the Minnesota Twins organization for their help in securing this event."
While the host team for next year's game has been selected, the league has not yet decided which team the Wild will play on New Year's Day 2021. Bettman told reporters that Minnesota's opponent will be announced in the next few months.
"We are focused on a few teams, and we're under no immediate pressure to make a decision," he said. "We have plenty of really good candidates for this game. It's not a one-shot decision based on one factor. We look at a whole host of things: rivalries, who's playing well, geography, and that goes in the rivalry sense. What we think will make sense. Will some teams travel better than others to a particular market? That's how we look at it."