It’s almost here.
The Stadium Series game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins is just eleven days away. Yesterday the NHL began preparations to turn Heinz Field from a football field into a hockey rink.
The ice-making truck arrived in Pittsburgh on Sunday, according to NHL.com, and they’re ready to get to work.
This will be the third outdoor game for the Flyers and fourth for the Penguins. It is the second time Heinz Field has hosted an outdoor game, the first coming back in 2011 as the Capitals beat the Penguins 3-1 on New Year’s Day.
“Every [outdoor game] is special. Every single one you do is special,” Dan Craig, NHL vice president of facilities operations/hockey operations told NHL.com. “For us, coming and having an intrastate rivalry, it’s fantastic.”
If you’re still looking to go to the game, you’re in luck. Some of the 60,000+ tickets still remain available according to Penguins COO Travis Williams.
Heinz Field will also host NCAA games and youth hockey games after the February 25th Stadium Series matchup.
The Penguins won the only matchup so far this year 5-4 on October 29th, but the Flyers lead the all-time series with a record of 151-97-30. Philadelphia has also won four of the six playoff series between the two Pennsylvania teams.
It’s always a great game when these two teams meet, and taking the rivalry outdoors will only amplify the intensity. It’s going to be a good one.
The Stadium Series game will take place on Saturday, February 25th at 8:00 on NBC.
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