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Fenway Park has hosted some amazing events and now it appears that it has gotten even cooler.
Fenway has been chosen to be the host of next season‘s NHL Winter Classic, an outdoor hockey game which has become an annual tradition. Following Ralph Wilson Stadium, in Buffalo, and Wrigley Field, in Chicago, Boston is the next stop for the cooler climate game.
The Bruins will find themselves against a familiar foe in the Philadelphia Flyers. The two teams will have to face the bitter New England elements in what could be a dazzling high definition image. New Year’s Day can be known for its harsh weather and hopefully fans can be treated to a great game, even in possibly horrid weather.
During the 2008 Winter Classic, the NHL was blessed with a light snow shower during the game against the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins. It was meant for HDTV and was a win in the eyes of the NHL, so much that it was held at historic Wrigley Field the next year. The game at Wrigley was the most watched regular-season game in 34 years and the NHL is hoping that Fenway can bring bigger numbers.
For the Bruins, it is a chance to showcase a team that was the best team in the Eastern Conference, during the regular season. They will get the chance to shine in front of a live television audience, behind the leadership of goaltender Tim Thomas. One of the original six teams, the Bruins will have the chance to be the focus of attention after the Red Sox, Patriots, and Celtics have been leading the way.
The rink will be similar to what was done in Wrigley. It will run across the field from first to third, covering part of the infield and outfield. With snow to surely to be on the ground, it will be a sight to see a hockey rink in front of the Green Monster. Views will be interesting, but one would have to think that on top of the Monster would be the way to go.
The Winter Classic and Fenway Park are sure to be a classic pairing. Fenway is the oldest ballpark still in use and has seen some greats events over the years. From football games to Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Buffett, and Dave Matthews, Fenway has been a summer destination and now will get to shine in the New England winter.
Other destinations that were taken into consideration were Yankee Stadium, two stadiums in Washington D.C., and even the Las Vegas Strip. To see what the game would have looked like in the Desert would have been amazing as well, but the NHL couldn’t resist the history and respect Fenway is given.
The Winter Classic will offer a great game in a great venue, with hopefully some great weather. Grab a great t-shirt for the event, too!