Multiple media outlets have reported that the Boston Bruins will play host for the 2010 NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park on New Year’s Day. Since the first Winter Classic in 2008 in Buffalo, Fenway Park has been among multiple locations vying for the annual outdoor game.
According to a report in the Boston Herald, Boston was chosen over the likes of New York and Philadelphia by the NHL. Fenway was also just one of two possibilities for the game in Boston, as officials checked out Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA as well before deciding on the famous home of the Boston Red Sox.
Despite the multiple reports confirming the game at Fenway between the Bruins and a yet-to-be-named opponent, officials with the NHL, Bruins and Red Sox have yet to make it official.
“Contrary to published reports, at this time we have not finalized plans for a Bruins game at Fenway Park on New Year’s Day,” Bruins Principal Charlie Jacobs said in a statement. “It is no secret that I would love to bring The Winter Classic to the city of Boston – and I have been working with the NHL to consider a number of venues in the area. We believe that we are close to accomplishing this. Bruins fans deserve to have an outdoor game, and we hope to deliver one to them in the near future.”
Fenway Park would be the smallest venue to host the event thus far in its short history with a seating capacity just under 40,000. Last year’s game at Wrigley Field in Chicago had attendance of slightly less than 41,000, while 2008 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo saw more than 71,000.
While ticket prices have yet to be announced, there is little doubt that this event will be huge draw to the fans of New England.
“It’s great for the sports fans in Boston,” Ace Ticket owner Jim Holzman told TicketNews adding that he thinks Fenway Park is the right choice for the game because of its historical significance.
“I think it will be strong on the secondary market,” he said
Holzman and his company, which is the official ticket reseller of the Red Sox, plan to move quickly in the marketing of the game especially with their affiliation with the baseball club and the park.
While sightlines for the game may not be ideal for fans, the park does hold some of the most unique seats in sports including the ‘Monster Seats’ which sit above the 37 foot wall in left field. Fenway is often known for many obstructed view seats, Holzman believes that will ultimately not dissipate the fan appeal for the game.
“[Fans] like being at the special event more than actual event itself.”
(Image accompanying this story is from the Boston Herald)