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Taking a stand for hockey fans all across the DC Metro area, Ward 4 council member Muriel Bowser introduced at Tuesday's council meeting PR18-0761, "Sense of the Council that the District Of Columbia Should Host the 4th Annual NHL Winter Classic Resolution of 2010." The resolution, which garnered the support of all 13 council members, was in response to the rumors that started flying last month that the NHL is poised to name Washington as the location of the 2011 edition of the now-traditional game played outdoors on New Year's Day.
You can read it here, to see that the council has determined that DC is "the best city to host the Winter Classic, because it is our nation's capital, a world renowned city, a historic city, and a city with a strong hockey fan base" and that the city "can accommodate the largest crowd in the history of the Winter Classic," with Nationals Park holding 41,888 and RFK holding 46,000. There's about 16 other reasons listed, with my favorite being "This Winter shows that the District of Columbia has a winter climate that compares with any other city in the Northeast." (By the way, section 2.i, which is cut off in the PDF, says "The Washington Capitals are regarded as one of the league's most popular and profitable franchises.")
There could be quite a melee to get tickets if the game does come to DC--307,000 people applied for tickets to the 2010 edition at Fenway, and the Capitals now have the highest attendance rating in the NHL--which, for someone who used to traipse out to the Cap Centre in the 1980s to see the Capitals flounder around in front of a few thousand people, is still rather astonishing. UPDATE: Though some commentators are questioning the council's "highest attendance rating" claim.
No word on when the NHL will announce the city and teams chosen for the game.
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Russ F says: (3/4/10 9:47 AM)
How odd, I didn't even think the DC Council knew what hockey was. As much as I would like to see the Winter Classic here, I think using this winter's weather to say we're like more northern cities is misleading. Most winter's here are closer to what Atlanta has than Boston. Anyways, the US has had the last three Winter Classic's it's time for some Canadian teams to have a turn.


MJM says: (3/4/10 11:10 AM)
DC will get it because of Ovie (nothing else), just a matter of where in DC and who they will play.


JD says: (3/4/10 11:18 AM)
Yeah, I was definitely posting that line about DC winters with a bit of a grin.


G St says: (3/5/10 10:14 AM)
Good to know they've solved that pesky crime problem and can now concentrate on important stuff...


Pat says: (3/6/10 5:57 PM)
Nice red herring, G St.

If DC does get the Winter Classic, they'll definitely have it at Nats Park as the Winter Classic is a made-for-tv event and both the NHL and NBC love blowing up the ballpark angle of the story line. They won't have it at RFK unless they decide not to hold the bowl game there because the NHL wants inactive venues at the end of the year so the ice can set.

I don't know why everyone is worrying about weather. They had a September exhibition game in a Las Vegas parking lot in the early 90s, our weather will be just fine.


sitruc says: (3/7/10 1:52 PM)
Of course Nats Park is the likely venue, but RFK may be better for some sightlines. The ballpark has quite a few more amenities though. Activity isn't going to stop Yankees Stadium from being used and it all goes to the point you made in your final statements, Pat. They just have preferences for the conditions of the ice.

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