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The 2018 National Hockey League (NHL) Winter Classic is coming to Queens.

Plans to hold the league’s signature outdoor game at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, have been finalized. The outdoor game will take place on Jan. 1 between the New York Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres.

The league’s annual event, which celebrates its 10th anniversary next year, has never been held in New York City. The New Year’s Day game will be broadcast live on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports at 1 p.m E.T.

It will be both the Sabres and Rangers’ second appearance in the event. The rivals have met twice in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with Buffalo taking both best-of-seven series.

“We are thrilled and excited to host the 2018 NHL Winter Classic between the Rangers and Sabres and thank [NHL] Commissioner Bettman for his support in choosing Citi Field,” Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon said. “We look forward to providing the hockey fans in our city and state a unique setting to experience this marquee match-up and adding it to the list of unique events we have been able to bring to the ballpark.”

Yankee Stadium hosted two NHL “Stadium Series” games in Jan. 2014, where the New York Rangers played against the New Jersey Devils and the New York Islanders.

The 2017 Winter Classic was held on Jan. 2 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO, home of baseball’s Cardinals, where the St. Louis Blues took on the Chicago Blackhawks.

Updates regarding ticket sales and event details will be made available on the NHL website.


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