Hotopp Associates designed the stadium environment for the 2015 NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park in Washington, DC.   The field was designed as a homage to the our nation's Capital and National Mall.  The star shape was inspired by Freemason Pierre L’Enfant's street plan design and architectural layout for the Washington DC area. Players took the ice by emerging from the miniature replica of the Capitol and skating across a frozen reflecting pool before entering the ice hockey rink.