The NHL officially announced Monday that the Washington Capitals will host the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2018 NHL Stadium Series on March 3, 2018, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.
The matchup will be a rematch of the first round of the playoffs, a series that the Capitals won in six games.
The game will take place in the stadium where the football team plays; the venue has a capacity of 34,000. That would make for a relatively small venue for an outdoor game, but the NHL recently held one at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, and that facility’s reported capacity is 33,234.
The Capitals have played in two outdoor games since 2011, winning both. The most recent was the 2015 Winter Classic at Nationals Park, when Washington hosted the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Capitals have finished with the league’s best regular season record two years in a row. Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan is scheduled to meet with reporters Tuesday for his first media availability since Washington’s season ended this month in the second round of the playoffs.
The league announced earlier this month that the 2018 Winter Classic would be played between the New York Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres at Citi Field.