Since New Year’s Day 2008, the NHL has hosted an exciting outdoor hockey game between two franchises, usually taking place in a football or baseball stadium. Back in 2008, the annual outdoor game began with a matchup between the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins. The game took place in Orchard Park, New York’s Ralph Wilson Stadium, now New Era Field where the NFL’s Buffalo Bills play their home games. Sporting a then-record crowd of 71,217, the ’08 Winter Classic was an exciting affair that ended in shootout fashion, 2-1 in favor of the Penguins. The high attendance and ratings led to a second game in 2009 and the success of that event led to an annual game. Alongside the NHL All-Star Game, the Winter classic is considered one of the premier events on the hockey calendar every year.