The NHL has certaintly hit a grand slam with this tradition!!
I just wish we got to see a Winter Classic in Tiger Stadium and the old Yankee Stadium before they closed!
I also think PNC Park in Pittsburgh (my favorite baseball park) will be an awesome future venue! :up
They could still do one at the old Yankee stadium next year if they wanted too, but they would probably want to use the new one instead.
If that's to happen, I have the perfect suggestion for where it should take place:
No way!! PNC Park would be PERFECT for this event!
I like Sabre's suggestion here.
Penn State is in the middle of NOWHERE and it holds at least twice as many fans.
Which is why, IMO, it belongs in Pittsburgh-not Happy Valley- when it's the Pens turn to host the WC. The city skyline is a big part of the ambience of these games.
And if seating capacity was the determing factor for a venue, the Black Hawks game would have been at Soldier Field or even Champaign (U of Illinois), and the Bruins game would have been in Foxboro.
Wrigley Field and Fenway Park were perfect for the "snow globe effect", and PNC Park has the same downtown charm that those ballparks have, and even better....is much more modern.
Pittsburgh is very far south. Average high is 12 degrees warmer than Boston. State College, located up in the mountains, is actually colder on average than Toronto or Detroit in winter. The most common weather on New Year's Day in Pittsburgh is sleet or a cold rain.
The smart thing for the NHL to do, with New Year's falling on a weekend for the next two years, would be to go to an NFL-less city or to Canada, and return in 2013.