We have a long way to go until next years Winter Classic, but I would like to ask SB Nation's hockey blog a few questions on 2012's classic.
Where would you like it played? Are you in favor or against a neutral rink? For example, you could get three markets involved. Pretend you do Rangers vs. Kings in Detroit, or something like that, you would have NY, LA, and Detroit. The event itself brings fans, so they wouldn't have to worry much about selling tickets.
Who would you like to be in it? If you are against neutral rinks, which many are, and I am undecided on it, who would you like the home team to be? As a Rangers fan, I'd love to see them be the home team in a matchup at Citi Field, but I would also welcome their being the road team. To be honest most of all I do not want any repeat teams. No Sabres, Blackhawks, Red Wings, Flyers, Bruins, Capitals, etc. New teams.
What would you change from this year? One idea I had was make the game at a baseball stadium with a retractable roof. Remove the roof right before gametime, and then you don't have to worry about pregame weather concerns. Another idea is having the Winter Classic be the only game played on New Years day.
Thoughts? Happy New Year!