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Kraken to host 2024 NHL Winter Classic, face Vegas at Mariners stadium

Boston — The Seattle Kraken will host the 2024 Discover NHL Winter Classic on January 1, 2024 at T-Mobile Park against the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

The first NHL outdoor game in Seattle, home to Major League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners, will pit two of the recently added NHLs against each other.

Kraken CEO Tod Lewieke said: “I think in some ways these things are what we wanted. I am honored.”

The Kraken are entering their second season since joining the NHL as the 32nd team for the 2021-22 season.

“This is a big deal. Every other team is thinking about this kind of event and every other team wants to have these events,” Leiweke said. “We had to make our case. This city is good at big events. But that basically requires a partnership between the Mariners, the beautiful T-Mobile and the entire organization. did.”

The match will air exclusively on TNT in the US and Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada. The time will be announced at a later date.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said at the TNT pre-game show for the Discover 2023 NHL Winter Classic, “We are delighted that Discover will be our main Title Sponsor and Title Partner. We have extended our relationship to over 10 years.” And what makes them great is how much they energize around the game, so we’re thrilled that the Seattle vs. Vegas story speaks for itself. think.”

The Kraken will become the 29th NHL team to participate in regular season outdoor games. This will be his second appearance for Golden, who played his Avalanche for Colorado in his 2021 NHL Outdoors at Lake Tahoe on February 20, 2021.

‘That would be pretty cool’ Golden Knights Forward Mark Stone Said. “Those games are definitely fun. You really don’t know it unless you go there. It’s going to be pretty fun. I’m sure you can enjoy a few days with your family in Seattle. It’s going to be fun.

In addition to the game at Lake Tahoe, Stone played for the Ottawa Senators as they defeated the Montreal Canadiens outdoors at the NHL 100 at Lansdowne Park, Ottawa, Ontario on December 16, 2017. .

Seattle will be the first Pacific Division team to host a Winter Classic that has never been played outside of the Central Time Zone.

The Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks hosted outdoor games, but no Winter Classics. The Oilers, Flames and Canucks hosted Heritage Classic games. The Kings and Sharks hosted the Stadium Series matches.

T-Mobile Park will be the 14th alternate venue and eighth ballpark to host the NHL’s premier regular season event since its inception in 2008.

Fenway Park, home of MLB’s Boston Red Sox, hosted the event twice, in 2010 and this year.

Other ballparks hosting the Winter Classic include Wrigley Field in Chicago (2009), Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia (2012), Nationals Park in Washington (2015), Busch Stadium in St. Louis (2017) and New York. ‘s Citi Field. (2018) and Minneapolis Target Field (2022).

T-Mobile Park has a retractable roof that allows the NHL to build rinks, set up stages on the field, and decorate any part of the facility in all weather conditions. The goal is to play the game with the roof open.

“Roofs don’t hurt,” Leiweke said. “So if the weather doesn’t work out, we slide the roof over and play outside games to protect the weather. A big factor was Mariner’s willingness to lean in. They were enthusiastic supporters.” The League Baseball All-Star Game (scheduled for 2023) is here.

The stadium has a capacity of 47,929 and opened on July 15, 1999. It has also hosted college football and soccer games, his WrestleMania for WWE in 2003, and concerts.

The NHL staged 36 regular season outdoor games, including the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins’ 2023 Discover NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park on Monday.

The Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals will compete in the 2023 Navy and Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series on February 18 at Carter Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The NHL announced Saturday that the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers will compete in the 2023 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic on October 29 at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta.

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