With the Winter Classic more than a week away, we can already get our first glimpse of the scene at Nationals Park thanks to an architectural rendering provided by the NHL. The rendering, which was released yesterday afternoon, shows the home of MLB’s Washington Nationals with the game already in full swing, with what some would consider ideal weather: light snow fall and what appears to be perfect temperatures.
The annual Jan. 1 contest will pit the visiting Chicago Blackhawks against the hometown Washington Capitals. However, as you can see in the rendering, it seems as though not a single Blackhawks fan was able to make the trip to D.C. for the game. It appears the set up in Washington is going to be much of the same that we’ve seen from previous Winter Classics, right up to the miniature ice rink stationed behind the full-size counterpart where the action will be taking place. As of today, the forecast is calling for the game to be played under a partly cloudy sky at temperatures of 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius). As for the gently falling snow and a story book motif, the 20 percent chance of precipitation keeps that alive.