The 20th anniversary of the Heritage Classic is today, and to celebrate, the NHL is bringing the event back to where it all began in 2003.
The Oilers and Flames face off in the seventh edition of the Heritage Classic, the NHL’s outdoor event for Canadian teams. It’s the first time that the two Battle of Alberta participants are playing against one another in the event.
Unlike the Winter Classic, the Heritage Classic does not take place every year. There was no outdoor game in Canada last season, as the last time the event took place was during the 2021-22 season when the Maple Leafs hosted the first non-Canadian team, the Sabres, at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton.
Alberta has not hosted a Heritage Classic in over a decade, but that changes this year. The Sporting News has everything fans need to watch the 2023 Heritage Classic between the Oilers and the Flames.
Where is the 2023 Heritage Classic?
- Venue: Commonwealth Stadium
- City: Edmonton, Alta.
Commonwealth Stadium is the site of the 2023 Heritage Classic between the Oilers and the Flames. The venue is the home to the Edmonton Elks, one of the football teams in the CFL.
The 2023 game is the second time that a Heritage Classic will be played at the facility. The first-ever Heritage Classic in 2003 was also played at Commonwealth Stadium, so the NHL is going back to where the event began for the 20th anniversary.
This is the first time the event is being played in Alberta since 2011 when the Flames and Canadiens skated at McMahon Stadium in Calgary.
Commonwealth Stadium capacity
Commonwealth Stadium has a seat capacity of 56,302. That is the largest capacity out of all of the CFL football stadiums, and one of only two venues that have the ability to house over 50,000 people (BC Place in Vancouver is the other).
What channel is Oilers vs. Flames on?
- TV Channel: TBS (U.S.) | Sportsnet (Canada)
- Live stream: TBS app, Sling TV (U.S.) | Sportsnet+ (Canada)
The Oilers vs. Flames Heritage Classic game will be broadcast on TBS in the United States. Typically, TNT is the home to hockey games on the Turner Sports network, however due to the scheduling conflict, the game will be on one of the network’s other channels.
Fans can stream the game through the TBS app with a cable log-in. Cord cutters can use Sling TV to stream the game.
In Canada, Sportsnet will broadcast the game for the national audience. For those looking to stream the Oilers and Flames game, they can do so through Sportsnet+.
What time is the Heritage Classic on today?
- Date: Sunday, Oct. 29
- Time: 7 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. local time
The 2023 Heritage Classic has a scheduled puck drop for 7 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. local time in Edmonton on Sunday, Oct. 29.
Heritage Classic stadium history
This is year’s game marks the seventh Heritage Classic in league history. The Canadian outdoor event is not held annually like the Winter Classic is in the United States.
All seven Canadian teams have taken part in the event at least once. The Sabres are the only United States-based cub to partake in a Winter Classic, playing against the Maple Leafs at the 2022 game.
This year is the first time that a venue will be repeated. The previous six Heritage Classics all took place at a variety of different football fields across Canada.
|Nov. 22, 2003||Commonwealth Stadium||Edmonton, Alta.||Montreal Canadiens vs. Edmonton Oilers|
|Feb. 20, 2011||McMahon Stadium||Calgary, Alta.||Montreal Canadiens v. Calgary Flames|
|March 2, 2014||BC Place||Vancouver, B.C.||Ottawa Senators vs. Vancouver Canucks|
|Oct. 23, 2016||Investors Group Field||Winnipeg, Man.||Edmonton Oilers vs. Winnipeg Jets|
|Oct. 26, 2019||Mosaic Stadium||Regina, Sask.||Calgary Flames vs. Winnipegs Jets|
|March 13, 2022||Tim Hortons Field||Hamilton, Ont.||Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Buffalo Sabres|
Source : ESPN.com