Report: Bruins-Blackhawks 2019 Winter Classic to be held at Notre Dame
Say what you want about outdoor hockey – especially when the Chicago Blackhawks are involved – but if the reports are true, a classic college football venue is about to get in on the action.
According to Barstool Sports, the Boston Bruins will travel to Notre Dame Stadium – home of the Fighting Irish – to face the Blackhawks for the 2019 Winter Classic.
The 2019 Winter Classic will be Blackhawks vs Bruins at Notre Dame Stadium. Expect a formal announcement around the ND-Navy game Nov 18th pic.twitter.com/oyBoARugwk
— Chief (@BarstoolChief) November 7, 2017
Located in South Bend, Indiana, about 90 miles from Chicago, Notre Dame Stadium has a capacity of 80,000 spectators. Assuming the venue sells out, this will mark the largest attendance in the illustrious history of the two Original Six Franchises.
This would mark the third appearance for the Black and Gold in the Winter Classic – most recently in 2016 in a 5-1 loss to the hated Canadiens at Gillette Stadium – and their first as the visiting team. The first Winter Classic they participated in was in 2010 against the Flyers at Fenway Park – a 2-1 overtime triumph for the Black and Gold.
The Blackhawks have played in three previous Winter Classic’s – most recently this past New Year’s in St. Louis where they lost to the Blues. They are 0-3 in the NHL’s marquee regular season contest with losses to the Red Wings (at Wrigley Field) in 2009 and the Capitals (Nationals Park) in 2015.
Additionally, the Blackhawks have appeared in the Stadium Series in 2014 against the Penguins (Soldier Field) and 2016 in Minnesota against the Wild (TCF Bank Stadium). Counting those results, Chicago is 1-5 all-time in six outdoor hockey contests.