Winter Classic now a night game


Here’s the official announcement from the NHL. Note all the contingencies in case the game can’t be played or completed:

PITTSBURGH (December 31, 2010) — The National Hockey League announced today the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will change the original 1 p.m. (ET) start time on New Year’s  Day to 8 p.m. (ET).  The decision was based on the latest meteorological reports, which have advised an approaching front of potentially steady rain expected to fall through the afternoon and taper off by early evening, and after consultation with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Washington Capitals, national broadcast partners (NBC, CBC, RDS), the Pittsburgh Steelers, the National Hockey League Players’ Association, and local officials.

We have been further advised that cooler and drier air conditions are expected in the evening with the passing of the front.  The NHL feels that it was important to make this announcement at this time so as to minimize the inconvenience to all parties associated with the event, especially our fans.
All 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic tickets will continue to be honored and all ticket holder agreement language remains unchanged.

The following is a list of changes for FANS based on the new 8 p.m. (ET) start time:

Gates to Heinz Field will now open at 5:30 p.m. (ET)

Pre-game entertainment now begins at 7:30 p.m. (ET)

Heinz Field Parking Lots will now open at 2:30 p.m. (ET)

Spectator Plaza will now open at 3 p.m. (ET)

The following are the weather-related GAME procedure contingencies for the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic:

Once the game has begun, it may be subject to one or more temporary stoppages due to unplayable weather conditions, at the discretion of the Commissioner.

Period and game format may be reconfigured to accommodate temporary stoppages as determined appropriate by the Commissioner.

The clubs will switch ends at the 10:00 minute mark of the third period as signaled by a “hard whistle.”  The face off will take place where the play was whistled dead.  This identical procedure will take place at the 2:30 minute mark of an overtime period, if needed.

In the event of a shootout, each club will determine what end they prefer to defend, which could be the same end.

If the game is started, then stopped permanently due to unplayable weather conditions, it will be deemed “official” once two periods have been played. The team leading at the time play is stopped will be declared the winner and will be awarded two points in the standings.

If the game is tied at the time play is stopped permanently, any time after two periods of play, each team will be awarded one point in the standings, with an opportunity to earn an additional point in a standard shootout format.

If weather conditions permit, the shootout will be conducted at Heinz Field immediately after regulation play has been stopped.  If weather conditions make it impossible to conduct a shootout safely at Heinz Field, the shootout will take place at Verizon Center on Sunday, February 6 prior to the regularly scheduled Pittsburgh-Washington game.

If the game is started, and stopped permanently due to unplayable weather conditions, and fewer than two periods of regular time has been played, the game will be officially “postponed” and, if possible, will be played in its entirety at Heinz Field on Sunday, January 2, beginning at 12 p.m. (ET). If the game cannot be replayed at Heinz Field on January 2, it will be rescheduled at CONSOL Energy Center for a date to be determined later in the season.

Ticket holders must retain their tickets to gain re-entry to Heinz Field in the event the game is to be played Sunday, January 2.  There will be no refunds for ticket holders unable to attend Sunday’s postponement date.  If the event is canceled on Sunday, a refund of the ticket’s face value will be honored.  The refund does not include service fees, and other fees such as delivery or processing fees.   Ticket holders should review the back of their ticket for complete refund policy language.


FYI, guys, NBC still plans on filling the 1-4 time slot tomorrow with Winter Classic-related programming, including interviews and features and highlights from past Winter Classics … or you can watch The Honeymooners, like me.

About Author


  1. Blue Seat Horror on

    Hey, that kid Todd White scored for Hartford tonight.

    Orr, I’ll make your Winter Classic dilemma easy for you. Watch the Rangers game and then watch the WC on 24/7.

  2. Not sure I like what Im hearing. Seems like somebody blew a whistle and now everyone’s talking about dealing everybody!

    Why would Leafs look to move Phaneuf less than a year after acquiring him and naming him captain?

    This is the wrong time for Sather to go all Mike Tannenbaum.

  3. Happy New Year’s Eve, Sally!

    FYI, guys, NBC still plans on filling the 1-4 time slot tomorrow with Winter Classic-related programming, including interviews and features and highlights from past Winter Classics … or you can watch The Honeymooners, like me.

  4. “Why would Leafs look to move Phaneuf less than a year after acquiring him and naming him captain?”

    I give up, why?

  5. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    FWIW, I think everyone was just joking around.

  6. >>I give up, why?

    Um, maybe because they’re finding out that his outstanding rookie season was a fluke?

  7. Please, don’t tell the Islanders they’re not supposed to beat the Red Wings. Let them enjoy their 3-1 lead for a while longer.

  8. Joekuh-rury-mire on

    Can someone, *anyone*, give me a link to the Boneheads FB page?

    I actually LIKE the Classic played at night. It’s the 1st time its gonna be done at night, no?

  9. Well, Phaneuf was an unhappy player in Calgary, maybe he’s been a *&#! in TOR too.

    Only way it makes sense is if Sather decided to get the best player he can for AA after Dallas passed on him.

    I’ve been saying for months here and elsewhere Rangers weren’t sold on AA (and took a lot of grief for it!). And that there was a risk in having him play a much anticipated sophomore season and disappointing, thereby lessening his eventual value.

    Anyway, to me it’d mean Brad Richards won’t be a Ranger this season, no way in the world Rangers are trading any of their other core kids.

    Maybe not a coincidence Dallas just came out and said they’d try to resign Richards.

    Let’s see what happens.

  10. Oh, I don’t doubt it was discussed in some form. But it’s true, you never know – unless you’re in the room.

    There’s all kinds of crazy stuff flyin’ around. I must’ve gotten 25 emails in 2 days.

    Every name even conceivably tradeable being mentioned, from Iginla to Bryan McCabe to Sami Salo to you name it.

    Devils are supposedly ringing the bell on a major housecleaning any minute now.

  11. I actually have plans for tonight for the first time in years, so heading out in a few. I promise to be extra special careful, too.


  12. Grabbywaffles(sir spins alot)-URY on

    happy new year everyone!, hey joekuh, loved your guest post. i was a roller hockey player myself. go rangers in 2011!! be safe everyone. and thanks carp for workin hard on this blog. we love ya.

  13. Rod hello knock knock hello see wicky 8:28 pm

    Sally, you need to repost that pic,has Carp seen it?

    Don’t think a link straight to the boneheads group works guys. You need to log on and search for the boneheads group and keep your eye out for the nose picah.

  14. Paul in sunrise on

    Thx ORR. Stepan will be Richards… Eventually. Like it that the “kids” are getting quality minutes. If anyone is home like me with small kids, I think MDZ gets back in against the panthers of sunrise but not the bolts.

  15. Mariah Carey just made my ears bleed with that beautiful 8 octave voice ehhhhhh

    Happy New Year!

  16. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    I bought two….just kidding!

    Happy new year and good night assens!!

  17. oh well, enjoyed watching the WC in the past, but not when the is a RGR game on….plus I can barely stand watching skid the kid when we play them….its a shame, but as long as the devils/islanders still suck, no way we are getting WC at yankees stadium…and how many times can they showcase a game against the skid….

Leave A Reply