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Minnesota to host 2021 NHL Winter Classic

Updated: January 05, 2020 12:33 PM

The NHL Winter Classic will finally be played in Minnesota.

The NHL announced Wednesday that the Minnesota Wild will play in the 2021 Winter Classic, which will be played at Target Field on Jan. 1, 2021. The Wild's opponent, as well as additional details for the Winter Classic, will be provided at a future date.

The New Year's Day matchup will be the Wild's first NHL Winter Classic and second NHL regular-season outdoor game, with their previous such matchup coming in the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, a 6-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

The 2021 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® continues the tradition the NHL established in 2008 of hosting a regular-season outdoor game at the onset of the new year. The outdoor game on New Year's Day 2021 will be the 13th NHL Winter Classic and the 31st NHL regular-season outdoor game overall.

"The Minnesota Twins are absolutely thrilled to partner with the National Hockey League and the Minnesota Wild to bring the 2021 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® to Target Field," Twins President & CEO Dave St. Peter said. "Understanding previous Winter Classic venues, hosting the NHL's annual New Year's Day showcase is an incredible honor for our organization and our community. We can't imagine a better Winter Classic setting than the one the State of Hockey will deliver at Target Field on January 1, 2021."

"The Minnesota Wild is truly honored to be selected to host the 2021 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®," said Minnesota Wild Owner Craig Leipold. "Target Field is a fantastic ballpark and there is no better place for the NHL's marquee event than right here in the State of Hockey. We are grateful for the opportunity to treat our fans to an incredibly unique and exciting experience celebrating our favorite game, and would like to thank NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman for his support and the Minnesota Twins organization for their help in securing this event."

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