Busch Stadium to host NHL Winter Classic

St. Louis Blues will take on Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 2, 2017

Busch Stadium to host NHL Winter Classic

Hockey will be coming to Busch Stadium next year.

The NHL announced on Wednesday that the St. Louis Blues will take on the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 2. That means the Cardinals' home ballpark will play host to the Blues' first appearance in a regular-season outdoor game, as the franchise celebrates its 50th anniversary.

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This will be the Blues' first time hosting the event, while the Blackhawks will be participating for the third time, including the 2009 Winter Classic at Wrigley Field in Chicago against the Detroit Red Wings. The 2014-15 Stanley Cup champions also played in last year's Winter Classic, visiting Nationals Park to face the Capitals.

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