The Charlotte Checkers will play their first outdoor hockey game at Truist Field this winter

By CLTure

April 18, 2023

Following the first-ever professional outdoor NHL hockey game in North Carolina this past winter in Raleigh, the Charlotte Checkers and Charlotte Knights have announced an outdoor hockey match at Truist Field in uptown Charlotte on Saturday, January 13. It will be the first time the Checkers will participate in an outdoor game and the first professional hockey game of its kind in Charlotte. The Queen City Winter Classic will see the hometown Checkers facing the Rochester Americans (AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres), transforming the ballpark into a hockey stadium with a full regulation rink located between first and third base across the infield. 

“We are thrilled that this partnership with the Knights has allowed us to bring an outdoor game to Charlotte,” said Checkers Chief Operating Officer Tera Black through a press release. “Truist Field is the perfect venue for us to host this event, and our entire organization is looking forward to this historic occasion.”


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The Knights installed an ice rink for their Light The Knights Festival this past winter giving them some logistical preparation for the upcoming Queen City Winter Classic. 

“We’re thrilled to be able to host the first-ever outdoor professional AHL hockey game in the Southeast with the Charlotte Checkers taking on the Rochester Americans,” said Dan Rajkowski, Charlotte Knights Chief Operating Officer. “This game will be a wonderful addition to our Light the Knights Festival this winter.”


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Tickets for the Queen City Winter Classic will go on sale soon and season ticket holders will have priority access. You also can sign up now to receive information and alerts at

The Charlotte Checkers have qualified for the playoffs this year for the fifth consecutive season, and will play the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in a best-of-three series this week at Bojangles’ Coliseum.

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