Minnesota's Target Field to host 2022 NHL Winter Classic

Minnesota Wild's Matt Dumba (24) skates by St. Louis Blues' David Perron (57) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in St. Louis. (Bill Boyce/AP)

Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins, will host the 2022 NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2022, between the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues.

The Winter Classic between the Wild and Blues, originally scheduled for Jan. 1, 2021, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This will be the Wild’s first NHL Winter Classic and the Blues' second appearance in four years, having faced the Chicago Blackhawks at Busch Stadium in St. Louis in 2017.

The NHL also announced that the Nashville Predators will host the Tampa Bay Lightning at Nissan Stadium, the home of the Tennessee Titans, for the NHL's Stadium Series on Feb. 26, 2022.

The Carolina Hurricanes had plans to host a Stadium Series game at Carter-Finley Stadium during the 2020-21 season, but the game was postponed due to the ongoing pandemic.

Hurricanes president and general manager Don Waddell said in a statement Monday that it was a mutual decision with the NHL to postpone the outdoor event by one season “to assure a safe environment in front of a packed house at Carter-Finley Stadium.”

Carter-Finley Stadium is home to the North Carolina State Wolfpack and would be the sixth college football facility to host an NHL game, following in the footsteps of Notre Dame Stadium, Michigan Stadium, Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, and Air Force’s Falcon Stadium.

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