Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis said the concept of playing the 2015 Winter Classic on a frozen reflection pool on the National Mall is a “romantic notion” but he and the NHL agree the infrastructure necessary for such an event would be cost-prohibitive.

“A football stadium costs a billion dollars to build and I think Nats Park cost $700 million” Leonsis said Saturday shortly after announcing Washington has been awarded the 2015 NHL Winter Classic.

“The idea of being able to replicate a stadium on the narrow Mall seems far-fetched. Yes you could build stands on it and I think we’ll do that. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some kind of outdoor rink and there’s high school college and youth hockey games there.

“But you wouldn’t be able to accommodate 50000 people there or 100000 people there. And you certainly couldn’t build the infrastructure. So it’s a romantic notion and we’ll try to capitalize on it but for an actual game I don’t think it’s going to be on the Mall.”

Although National Hockey League Chief Operating Officer John Collins said RFK Stadium FedEx Field and Camden Yards are all considered candidates he said Nationals Park would be “one of the first” considerations.

Leonsis seemed to agree.

“I think it should be in Washington D.C.” he said. “I don’t think there’s any reason to not think our fan base here in Washington D.C. can fill the building up. I also think from a visiting fan perspective Washington makes a lot of sense because we have all the infrastructure and hotels and restaurants. It would be good for the city.”

Nationals Park is located in Southeast Washington and the Nationals are owned by Mark Lerner who is a minority partner in Monumental Sports and Entertainment which was created by Leonsis. Asked if NatsPark was the leading candidate for the outdoor event Leonsis deferred to the NHL.