The Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic comes to the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium on January 1, 2020 as the Dallas Stars face-off against the Nashville Predators. Cotton Bowl Stadium becomes the sixth football venue to host the game and third college football venue to have an NHL Winter Classic®, joining Michigan Stadium and Notre Dame Stadium.
VisitDallas and the City of Dallas are excited to announce an all-new event, Party on the Plaza, the city’s official New Year’s Eve party, complete with prime viewing of the Reunion Tower Over the Top NYE 2019 fireworks show.
Party on the Plaza, the official countdown to the Reunion Tower Over the Top NYE 2019 fireworks show, is a free way for everyone to ring in the New Year in the heart of downtown Dallas. Thanks to sponsorship by the Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., attendees will enjoy food trucks, drinks and live entertainment from American Idol-favorites Jason and Michael Castro and the Emerald City Elevation Band. All of this will lead up to the most unique and unforgettable fireworks show in Texas, viewed from the best seat in town!
Visit bigdholiday.com for more information and a complete list of holiday events and programming.
Hockey Goes Outdoors On Jan. 1
If someone would have told me that there would be an outdoor hockey game between Nashville and Dallas 20 years ago.. I’d have probably laughed. But, at the famed Cotton Bowl, Dallas is going to host the 12th Annual Winter Classic. Hockey the way it was meant to played- outdoors. Just in 60 * weather.
The 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will mark the first NHL regular-season outdoor game for both the Stars and the Predators. The matchup on Jan. 1 continues the tradition the League established in 2008 of hosting a regular-season outdoor game at the onset of the new year. This year’s game will be the 29th NHL regular-season outdoor game and the 12th NHL Winter Classic.
The Stars and Predators have faced off in 84 regular-season games since the 1998-99 season, with Dallas holding a 14-point edge in points over the Predators (DAL 45-33-6–96; NSH 38-40-6–82). The Stars and Predators only meeting in the Stanley Cup® Playoffs occurred in 2019 during the First Round, where Dallas defeated the Predators in six games. The Stars and Predators have yet to face off this season, and in addition to the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® on Jan. 1, the clubs will meet on Dec. 14 and March 5 in Nashville, and on March 7 in Dallas.
The Truly Hard Seltzer NHL® PreGame is the official fan festival of the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® and will be open on Wednesday, Jan. 1 from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. CT at Cotton Bowl Plaza and at The State Fair of Texas® Midway from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT and from Postgame until 8 p.m. CT.
The PreGame will offer fans of all ages family-friendly hockey interactive games and attractions, live music and an opportunity to take a picture with the Stanley Cup. Located inside The State Fair of Texas® Midway, fans will be able to enjoy select rides for free including, but not limited to, the Texas Star® Ferris Wheel, Top o’ Texas Tower, Texas Skyway (entrance to ride is located in Cotton Bowl® Plaza), Pirate Ship and Lone Star Scooters (the Bumper Cars).
***Only fans with tickets to the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will be able to access The Truly Hard Seltzer NHL® PreGame festivities***