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Wild at Target: 2021 NHL Winter Classic headed to Minnesota

January 1, 2020 GMT
FILE - In this June 30, 2013 file photo, members of the Armed Forces hold a large flag at Target field in Minneapolis where the Minnesota Twins hosted Armed Forces Appreciation Day prior to the baseball game between the Twins and the Kansas City Royals. The 2021 NHL Winter Classic will be hosted by the Minnesota Wild at Target Field, the home stadium of the MLB's Twins. NHL officials announced the site for next Winter Classic during this season's game Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
FILE - In this June 30, 2013 file photo, members of the Armed Forces hold a large flag at Target field in Minneapolis where the Minnesota Twins hosted Armed Forces Appreciation Day prior to the baseball game between the Twins and the Kansas City Royals. The 2021 NHL Winter Classic will be hosted by the Minnesota Wild at Target Field, the home stadium of the MLB's Twins. NHL officials announced the site for next Winter Classic during this season's game Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

DALLAS (AP) — The 2021 NHL Winter Classic will be hosted by the Minnesota Wild at Target Field, the home stadium of the MLB’s Twins.

NHL officials announced the site for next Winter Classic during this season’s game Wednesday at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas.

Minnesota’s opponent for the next New Year’s Day game will be determined later.

It will be the first Winter Classic for the Wild, and their second outdoor game. They beat the visiting Chicago Blackhawks 6-1 in a Stadium Series game at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis four years ago.

A crowd of 85,630, the second-largest at an NHL game, attended Wednesday’s game between the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators.

The game-time temperature in Dallas was 54.9 degrees, the highest for a Winter Classic game. That was about 22 degrees warmer than it was in Minneapolis at the time it was announced that the Wild will host next year’s game

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