NHL Announces Postponement of 2021 Winter Classic in Minneapolis
More COVID-19 bad news ahead. The 2021 NHL Winter Classic scheduled for January 1 in Minneapolis has been postponed:
The NHL announced on Thursday (October 22) that the Bridgestone Winter Classic game between the St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild, along with the 2021 All-Star Weekend in Tampa Bay, has been postponed to a later date due to uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The Winter Classic was to be held at Target Field.
“Fan participation, both in arenas and stadiums as well as in the ancillary venues and events that we stage around the Winter Classic and All-Star Weekend, is integral to the success of our signature events,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Content Officer Steve Mayer. “Because of the uncertainty as to when we will be able to welcome our fans back to our games, we felt that the prudent decision at this time was to postpone these celebrations until 2022 when our fans should be able to enjoy and celebrate these tentpole events in-person, as they were always intended. We are also considering several new and creative events that will allow our fans to engage with our games and teams during this upcoming season.”
Minnesota Wild President Matt Majka responded to the postponement informing fans that the event will take place sometime in the future when fans are able to attend safely.
This is the second big hockey event that Minnesota has seen postponed this week. The annual Hockey Day event will also be held at a later date.
The NHL is intending on starting the 2020-2021 regular season in early January.