Where is the Heritage Classic played? Stadium details, capacity for 2023 Oilers vs. Flames outdoor game

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. 

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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. 

Date Venue (City) City Matchup
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

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