Four years after the Capitals first took part in the NHL’s marquee outdoor game the Winter Classic will come to Washington.

Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis will announce Saturday morning that the team will host the 2015 NHL Winter Classic according to a league source. The Capitals declined to comment.

The location of the contest and the Capitals’ opponent for it is still unknown but considering Nationals owner Mark Lerner is a minority partner in Leonsis’s Monumental Sports and Entertainment Nationals Park in Southeast Washington may be a likely candidate. The Nationals lease the ballpark from the District though and would not have exclusive control over such a decision.

While there are several stadium options in the region including FedEx Field RFK Stadium or perhaps even Oriole Park at Camden Yards one unconventional venue was ruled out by Leonsis years ago.
In January 2012 Leonsis wrote on his blog that the Mall would not be a location option for a Classic in Washington.

“The idea of a game being played on the Mall has been floated around for many years – it is NOT feasible; there aren’t enough common areas to build out seats” Leonsis wrote on Jan. 3 2012. “And the expense involved to create locker rooms; ice stands and studios are prohibitive. The Mall is managed by the National Park Service as well.”