Dallas will host the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Cotton Bowl Stadium, the league announced Tuesday.
The NHL Winter Classic is one of the league's annual regular season outdoor games, and will be played on Jan. 1, 2020. The Stars' opponent for the game will be the Nashville Predators.
"The entire Stars organization is honored to be selected by the NHL to host the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic," Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi said in a statement. "Cotton Bowl Stadium is one of the most iconic and recognizable sports venues in the United States. For nearly a century, the stadium has hosted premier sporting events and has featured some of the greatest players to ever to play their sport. The city of Dallas and the entire Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex has become a destination for the world's biggest sporting events and hosting the NHL Winter Classic will continue that trend."
Tickets for the event will go on sale at a later date.
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"On behalf of the city of Dallas, thank you to Commissioner Gary Bettman and the National Hockey League for giving Dallas the opportunity to follow up on the success of the 2018 NHL Draft," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said in a statement. "I can't think of a better way to celebrate the great history of New Year's Day at Cotton Bowl Stadium than by welcoming thousands of fans to witness the first ever outdoor professional hockey game in Texas. This great event is yet another example of how Dallas continues to be one of the most sought-after locations to host major sports events."
The first edition of the classic was held in 2008 at Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium -- home of the NFL's Bills -- between the Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins.
Dallas is the ninth team to host the annual classic, joining the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals. The 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will set the record for the southern-most location for any signature NHL outdoor contest.
Only NFL, MLB and college football stadiums have hosted the event, limiting potential venues in Dallas-Fort Worth to places like Globe Life Park, AT&T Stadium and the Cotton Bowl.