NHL Winter Classic 2020: Where is this year's game being played?

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One of the NHL's greatest annual traditions has made its way far beneath the Mason-Dixon line as the 12th annual Winter Classic heads south to Dallas.

Regardless of the unique territory that comes with playing in the heralded event, two points are still up for grabs just like in any other of the 82 regular season games each team will play in 2019-20. The last time the Stars and Nashville Predators met, Dallas dominated in a 4-1 victory. Will the host team repeat as victors or to the guest go the spoils on New Year's Day?

Winter Classic uniforms: Dallas Stars | Nashville Predators

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Where is the 2020 Winter Classic game being played?

In 2020, the game will be played in Texas at Cotton Bowl Stadium. With a history rich in football, hockey is making its debut at the 89-year-old venue.

The stadium was previously home to the NCAA's SMU Mustangs and two NFL clubs — the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Texans (who later moved to Kansas City and became the Chiefs). Cotton Bowl Stadium also served as the home to the Cotton Bowl game for over 60 years before the game was moved to Cowboys Stadium in 2009. Now, Cotton Bowl Stadium hosts the annual Red River Rivalry game between Oklahoma and Texas, two Big 12 powerhouse football programs and one of college football's most storied rivalries.

How many tickets have been sold?

It may have been a calculated risk to set an outdoor game played on ice in one of the league's southernmost locations, but the reception from fans has been phenomenal.

Cotton Bowl Stadium has a stated capacity of 92,100, doubling in size from when it was first constructed in 1930 after undergoing many rounds of expansions over the past near-century.

Stars and Predators fans have already purchased over 84,000 tickets according to The Athletic's Sean Shapiro, including a record-high 20,000 from away fans. Keep in mind that the overall record for attendance set at an NHL game was set at the 2014 edition of the event in Ann Arbor, Mich. when 105,491 fans filed into "The Big House," — but that game was technically played at a neutral site despite Toronto being named the home team.

According to TicketIQ, a secondary ticket marketplace for events, the 2020 Winter Classic has eclipsed all but one previous games this decade in terms of ticket prices from secondary markets with an average cost of $517 per ticket as of Dec. 15. The only game with a higher average ticket price was in 2017's Winter Classic, when the Blackhawks visited the Blues at Busch Stadium — ticket prices reportedly averaged $632.

2020 Cotton Bowl Stadium Dallas, TX Stars vs. Predators TBD

Previous Winter Classic venues and attendance

Year

Venue

City

Matchup

Attendance

2008

Ralph Wilson Stadium

Orchard Park, NY

Penguins 2, Sabres 1 (SO)

71,217

2009

Wrigley Field

Chicago, IL

Red Wings 6, Blackhawks 4

40,818

2010

Fenway Park

Boston, MA

Flyers 1, Bruins 2 (OT)

38,112

2011

Heinz Field

Pittsburgh, PA

Capitals 3, Penguins 1

68,111

2012

Citizens Bank Park

Philadelphia, PA

Rangers 3, Flyers 2

46,967

2014

Michigan Stadium

Ann Arbor, MI

Maple Leafs 3, Red Wings 2 (SO)

105,491

2015

Nationals Park

Washington, D.C.

Blackhawks 2, Capitals 3

42,832

2016

Gillette Stadium

Foxborough, MA.

Canadiens 5, Bruins 1

67,246

2017

Busch Stadium

St. Louis, MO

Blackhawks 1, Blues 4

46,556

2018

Citi Field

Queens, NY

Rangers 3, Sabres 2 (OT)

41,821

2019

Notre Dame Stadium

Notre Dame, IN

Bruins 4, Blackhawks 2

76,126

2020

Cotton Bowl Stadium

Dallas, TX

Stars vs. Predators

TBD

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