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Citi Field will host the NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: The Buffalo Sabres practice at Citi Field on December 31, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The team will take part in the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Years Day. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: The Buffalo Sabres practice at Citi Field on December 31, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The team will take part in the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Years Day. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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While Mets baseball is still a ways away at Citi Field, there will be some great sports action there on New Year’s Day.

As Mets fans we’re obviously biased when it comes to our opinions on which stadiums are the best, but Citi Field is objectively one of, if not, the best.

Those that haven’t gotten the chance to experience Citi Field (be it because they’re not Mets fans or baseball fans in general), will get their opportunity on Monday, January 1 as the NHL visits for their annual Winter Classic.

For 2018, the Winter Classic will be played between the New York Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres. Although you’d think this would count as Rangers’ home game, it will in fact be considered a Sabres’ one. The Rangers have a clause in their deal with New York City that they must play all home games in Madison Square Garden. If they wanted to play outside of the City at any point, the MSG would have to fork over a big chunk of change in taxes.

I personally would be pretty mad if I was a Sabres’ fan, but who really cares about Buffalo any way?

It would have probably been even better if this Winter Classic was played between the Rangers and the Islanders with it counting as the latter’s home game as well. While Queens is not technically on Long Island, geographically it is. Also, there are a ton of Mets fans that are fans of the Isles as well (yours truly included), so it could have even been more popular of an event than it will already be.

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Of course, with the temperatures hovering between 5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit, anyone that’s going to be there is about a die-hard of a fan as you can get. If you’ll be there on Monday, make sure you bundle up!

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