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So I thought this would come up some time or another so here it is the 2010 Bridgestone Winter Classic. Post all your news, stories, and updates leading up to the game in Boston.

Boston Bruins v.s Philadephia Flyers

Janurary 1st, 2010 at Fenway Park Park Boston, MA

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Here a cool sign they are selling.

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So to start it off!

Live Webcam of Fenway Park

Some Photos

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I don't have any news or anything, but I was just wondering...looking at the rendered images of Fenway, and from last year's a Wrigley, does it seem like they should put out chairs on the field itself? It's not like they can be that worried about damaging the field--they're putting a freakin ice rink on it. It just seems like even the closest people are so far away. And last year they had people on rooftops of nearby buildings, if they're pressed for space there's plenty on the field...

What do other people think of that?

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I don't have any news or anything, but I was just wondering...looking at the rendered images of Fenway, and from last year's a Wrigley, does it seem like they should put out chairs on the field itself? It's not like they can be that worried about damaging the field--they're putting a freakin ice rink on it. It just seems like even the closest people are so far away. And last year they had people on rooftops of nearby buildings, if they're pressed for space there's plenty on the field...

What do other people think of that?

That's a good point. I mean they still have months to fix the field even if there was any damage.

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I don't have any news or anything, but I was just wondering...looking at the rendered images of Fenway, and from last year's a Wrigley, does it seem like they should put out chairs on the field itself? It's not like they can be that worried about damaging the field--they're putting a freakin ice rink on it. It just seems like even the closest people are so far away. And last year they had people on rooftops of nearby buildings, if they're pressed for space there's plenty on the field...

What do other people think of that?

Uh... chairs? I don't think you'd be able to see anything at all going on the ice surface sitting in chairs on the field.

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NHL Network had an update tonight during their summary of the early games. They interviewed the NHL's head ice specialist, Dan Craig, and he was saying how great the weather was. There was about 5 minutes of footage on how they prep the field. It was interesting, they hand place these white plastic honey-comb floor boards so they can drive the fork trucks and lay the ice right on the field.

It does not look like the condition of the field is an issue in anyway for the NHL based on how they prep to lay the ice. The league officials were quoted as saying that if the weather holds (and it's forecast to be perfect) that they could be skating in 8 days. That is 2 days ahead of schedule I believe.

Here's more information: NHL Updates

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Yeah, they would need to be elevated, but then they would block the view of the stands.

I was in Chicago, they did not elevate the seats on the floor. It was similar to concert seating. It's strange, but the most expensive tickets are in the upper areas of the lower bowl. In fact, the farther from the ice the more expensive the ticket because they were higher. Peculiar, I know. The sight lines were quite poor for many, but they had some very large TV screens. The atmosphere was great!

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Uh... chairs? I don't think you'd be able to see anything at all going on the ice surface sitting in chairs on the field.

Yeah...they'd have to do something differently, the people wouldn't even be able to see over the boards. I guess it's not like a concert where they just get by with everyone standing.

I don't know, I'm just throwing it out there, it just seems like there's a lot of wasted space. Maybe could they dig the ice surface in a bit? It just seems to me like the whole football stadium thing is a better thing than the baseball field...

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Yeah...they'd have to do something differently, the people wouldn't even be able to see over the boards. I guess it's not like a concert where they just get by with everyone standing.

I don't know, I'm just throwing it out there, it just seems like there's a lot of wasted space. Maybe could they dig the ice surface in a bit? It just seems to me like the whole football stadium thing is a better thing than the baseball field...

At a concert that works because you can look up at the stage and see the performers. At a hockey game you need to be looking down at the rink, and Devil Dan 56 already mentioned the issue with that. There really is no solution. I guess football stadiums would be more conducive to a hockey game but what football stadium has the aura of Wrigley and Fenway? This is why I'm not crazy about ever going to these games. The tickets are too expensive for how far away from the game you are.

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At a concert that works because you can look up at the stage and see the performers. At a hockey game you need to be looking down at the rink, and Devil Dan 56 already mentioned the issue with that. There really is no solution. I guess football stadiums would be more conducive to a hockey game but what football stadium has the aura of Wrigley and Fenway? This is why I'm not crazy about ever going to these games. The tickets are too expensive for how far away from the game you are.

Yeah really the biggest barrier for raising the ice so that it's like a concert is that there are opaque boards no matter what you do. I guess that's just the way it is...Still, I feel like they should do something with that ground. Especially at the first winter classic, it was just like snowy dirt, and it was on camera all the time.

Yeah, and I'd like to go to one of the games eventually but it's almost an event made for TV. I feel like no one gets good angles and it's just about being there.

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Yeah really the biggest barrier for raising the ice so that it's like a concert is that there are opaque boards no matter what you do. I guess that's just the way it is...Still, I feel like they should do something with that ground. Especially at the first winter classic, it was just like snowy dirt, and it was on camera all the time.

Yeah, and I'd like to go to one of the games eventually but it's almost an event made for TV. I feel like no one gets good angles and it's just about being there.

Yea it does look weird with nothing there, I remember saying that last year too. I don't really have a solution though. You can't put seats there, and I don't know what else can go there other than signs and decorations. I'd rather have it the way it is than have a massive Bud Light logo taking up the entire outfield however.

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I am not going to the Bruins game but I have a ticket to the BU vs BC game a week later. That only cost me $10 for a ticket. Fenway is really milking this thiing. You can rent the ice to play hockey for like $2000. I can't remember the exact number. Public skating is like $100. Silly. THere are outdoor rinks in Boston you can skate on and play hockey so what if it is in Fenway it isn't worth that much.

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Back with some new photos. Day 2 has went smoothly.

Day 2 Winter Classic photos

Does anybody think a football stadium or baseball arena offers better seats?

I think a hockey rink has the best seats, personally. :P

Seriously though, as it stands, the places they're playing at were simply designed for other sports. The seating is never going to right. A football stadium might be a bit better, but it's not perfect.

The best answer is obviously to raise the ice surface up into the air and make all the boards transparent. That way everybody can see! There is absolutely no flaws with this plan, either.

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I think a hockey rink has the best seats, personally. :P

Seriously though, as it stands, the places they're playing at were simply designed for other sports. The seating is never going to right. A football stadium might be a bit better, but it's not perfect.

The best answer is obviously to raise the ice surface up into the air and make all the boards transparent. That way everybody can see! There is absolutely no flaws with this plan, either.

I don't see what that would accomplish. You still need the rink low enough so that people can see the other side of the rink, so the ice surface always has to be lower than the front row anyway. You wouldn't be able to raise it very much.

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I don't see what that would accomplish. You still need the rink low enough so that people can see the other side of the rink, so the ice surface always has to be lower than the front row anyway. You wouldn't be able to raise it very much.

Well ice is clear. so i think this idea would be perfect. You could actually raise the rink all the way higher than the highest upper deck seats and install recliners throughout. Does anyone have a number to whoever is in charge of the Winter Classic so I can recommend it to them?

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Well ice is clear. so i think this idea would be perfect. You could actually raise the rink all the way higher than the highest upper deck seats and install recliners throughout. Does anyone have a number to whoever is in charge of the Winter Classic so I can recommend it to them?

There is a layer of white underneath the ice. If they didn't have that the ice would appear whatever color is below it, in an arena it would be gray like the cement underneath the rink. Also I would never pay money to have to look through a block of ice to see the game. The view would be so blurry and distorted you would barely be able to tell what is going on.

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There is a layer of white underneath the ice. If they didn't have that the ice would appear whatever color is below it, in an arena it would be gray like the cement underneath the rink. Also I would never pay money to have to look through a block of ice to see the game. The view would be so blurry and distorted you would barely be able to tell what is going on.

I believe he was kidding.

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I would've run the rink from home to 2nd base instead of this 1st to 3rd configuration.

But then you don't get the outfield view, the green monster, all that stuff for the TV money shot. And the Winter Classic is 100% for the TV audience, as the NHL knows people will show up for the game regardless of how crappy their view is, just to say they were there.

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