Fenway Rumored To Be Next "Winter Classic" Site

Thursday, April 09, 2009

A gossip column at the Boston Herald is not only reporting that Boston is in the running for the next Winter Classic on NBC, but that it's actually official. The source says that the Bruins will be hosting a yet to be named opponent on January 1st, 2010, at Fenway Park....

Don’t breathe a word of this. Because nobody’s supposed to know. But the Boston Bruins [team stats] will host the NHL’s Winter Classic outdoor hockey game against an unnamed opponent Jan. 1 at Fenway Park!

Our spies on Lansdowne Street say the League has given its blessing to a 2010 New Year’s Day game in the Hub of Hockey, choosing Boston over New York and Philadelphia.

League reps had visited all three cities and, in Boston, looked at both Fenway and Gillette Stadium . However, scheduling around any Patriots [team stats] post-season play was a tricky proposition, we’re told, and ultimately Fenway got the nod.
Seems like a great idea if you ask me, but I still think a game on the "Mall" in DC would be amazing. Any of those cities would do an amazing job of hosting one of the year's coolest events though.

Ice Is Nice at Fenway (Boston Herald)

Posted by Awful Announcing at 9:31 AM

9 Comments:

Your now playoff-bound for the first time, Blue Jackets, should play at The Horseshoe.

GMoney said...
Apr 9, 2009, 10:45:00 AM  

My favorite idea for the Winter Classic would goes along the lines of this:

Flyers vs. Penguins to be played at Beaver Stadium.

That would be awesome. Sadly, though, I don't see it happening because I'm not sure if the NHL would schedule a regular season game in a neutral rink. Although, I guess Flyers vs. Pens (or anyone for that matter) at Citizens Bank Park (or the Linc) would be fun for that matter.

JFein said...
Apr 9, 2009, 10:53:00 AM  

Playing at the Mall in DC might be tricky. DC is just far enough south where even around New Year's it could be warm enough to make the ice poor.

I'd like to see the Bruins play another Original 6 team like Detroit and Chicago this year (with throwback unis).

Mike said...
Apr 9, 2009, 11:21:00 AM  

Jfein, I can tell you that a game at Beaver Stadium would be almost completely unlikely. State College is difficult to get to from either city and I doubt Penn State (or JoePa to be more specific) would green light this move. I don't think they've ever hosted anything other than Penn State football at the stadium. I would think that the Horseshoe would be more likely seeing how tOSU and the Bluejackets play in the same town.

walnuts said...
Apr 9, 2009, 12:23:00 PM  

The Bruins could play an outdoor game in Foxboro. It depends on whether the Patriots have a home game in Weeks 16 (12/27) and/or 17 (1/3).

chuckyinjersey said...
Apr 9, 2009, 12:33:00 PM  

I know it's unlikely, but one can still dream, can't they? ;-)

JFein said...
Apr 9, 2009, 1:14:00 PM  

Playing a game at the Mall would be incredible. Wether or not they have it there, I can definitely see Washington involved in the game just because they have one of the most marketable players in Alex Ovechkin

walnuts said...
Apr 9, 2009, 3:59:00 PM  

I don't think it will be in Philly or DC soon. At least not until they really get better at keeping the ice from melting, chipping or cracking.
Even this year in Chicago, they were worried about the ice conditions when the temperature only got into the high 30s a few days before.

Bill B said...
Apr 9, 2009, 4:21:00 PM  

Bill B makes good points, but also I don't think the Caps will host one until all of the original 6 get a chance. Once they all have a shot at hosting one, or the league goes away from giving it to them then the Caps will be first in line to host.

Bazooka Jones said...
Apr 10, 2009, 3:43:00 AM  

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