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?
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.
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) December 19, 2019
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
Ralph Wilson Stadium
Orchard Park, NY
Penguins 2, Sabres 1 (SO)
Red Wings 6, Blackhawks 4
Flyers 1, Bruins 2 (OT)
Capitals 3, Penguins 1
Citizens Bank Park
Rangers 3, Flyers 2
Ann Arbor, MI
Maple Leafs 3, Red Wings 2 (SO)
Blackhawks 2, Capitals 3
Canadiens 5, Bruins 1
St. Louis, MO
Blackhawks 1, Blues 4
Rangers 3, Sabres 2 (OT)
Notre Dame Stadium
Notre Dame, IN
Bruins 4, Blackhawks 2
Cotton Bowl Stadium
Stars vs. Predators