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Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Ted Leonsis: Washington ‘assured’ to eventually host Winter Classic

When the Capitals committed to playing in the 2011 NHL Winter Classic in Pittsburgh, it was reported that Ted Leonsis and the organization received a promise from the league that the District would get to host the marquee event in the future.

On the heels of New York’s 3-2 win over the Flyers Monday at Citizens Bank Park there remains no definitive plan for when Washington will host the Winter Classic or where it will be held in the region. But on Tuesday, Leonsis wrote on his blog, ‘Ted’s Take,’ that the event is indeed bound for Washington eventually; it just won’t be in 2013.

I have been told that the Winter Classic will NOT be coming to DC next year though. I have also been assured that because of the size of our fan base – and the beauty of our city – that a Winter Classic would come to Washington DC; at some point in the future. And that is good enough for me.
Also– the idea of a game being played on the Mall has been floated around for many years – it is NOT feasible; there aren’t enough common areas to build out seats – and the expense involved to create locker rooms; icestands and studios are prohibitive. The Mall is managed by the National Park Services; as well.
I am sure that one day – when a Winter Classic does come to DC; we will be creative and have fun and put on a great show. There are great venues for us to utilize and great theatre that we can create for NHL fans and our large fan base here in the DMV.
But right now – there is nothing to angst about – to plan – or to circle a date – so enjoy the game today – and enjoy the games in the future – we promise to let everyone know when we have a formal communique – but that day is not today. Thank you.

Check out the full post on Ted’s Take.

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