In his annual “State of the League” address held on Monday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed that the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, will host an outdoor game between the Washington Capitals and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The game is set for Saturday, March 3rd, 2018, at the Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. The game will be the first time a U.S. service academy has hosted an NHL outdoor game. The game date is the 87th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner” being officially adopted as the national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931.
The 2018 Stadium Series game in Annapolis will be first regular-season game in Maryland since November 26, 1997 – final game in Landover.
— Ted Starkey (@TedStarkey) May 29, 2017
No information has been provided regarding ticket sales. It is expected that sales will be similar to ticket sales for the 2015 Winter Classic, providing Capitals’ season ticket holders the initial choice of tickets, with a certain amount of tickets reserved for the Toronto Maple Leads and the general public. The current seating capacity for Marine Corps Memorial stadium is 34,000 (for football).
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) May 29, 2017
Capitals-Maple Leafs at the Naval Academy will be one of at least three outdoor games next season. The Ottawa Senators will host the Montreal Canadiens in the Heritage Classic on December 19th, and the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres will play in the Winter Classic on January 1st at Citi Field in New York.
— NHL (@NHL) May 29, 2017
Further details on the 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, including the official event logo, ticketing information and uniform design for each team, will be released in the coming months. Every Capitals full-season account holder will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2018 Coors Light Stadium Series. Details on ticket availability and pricing will be sent to full season-ticket holders when they become available.
The Capitals media release can be read here.
By Jon Sorensen