The NHL’s Winter Classic will be played on New Year’s Day at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, featuring a showdown between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins. This annual classic has become a fan favorite with the hockey crowd (author included), jogging up memories of pond hockey from dawn till dusk.
article highlights, Heinz Field has a Steelers football game on December 23rd, so the rink construction crew has a pretty tight schedule to follow to get the ice in game-ready condition by January 1st. In the week leading up to the game, the weathertrends360 outlook is expecting favorable temperatures, but a couple of days with a winter mix could present a challenge.
Gameday conditions look pretty good for players and fans, particularly if the precipitation can hold off until late afternoon – the puck drops at 1:00 pm eastern time.
For more on the Winter Classic as well as other outdoor NHL games, see this post.