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    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=5...pid=nhl-rxl-fb

    PITTSBURGH 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 its 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.

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    Sweet!

    Under the lights will be even better to watch and experience.

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    Default Re: Winter Classic start time changed to 8:00 PM

    I agree! Plus Michigan (Gator Bowl) plays at 1:00 so I can watch both games.

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    I've always thought it should have been a night game anyway. I don't get NBC and its hard-on for Saturday afternoon hockey.
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    Yeah, NBC's early afternoon games don't do much for me either.

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    $600 for four game tickets; four round trips flight tickets originally leaving at 8 AM on Saturday, now turned into four one way tickets leaving DC at 4 PM, substitute a rental car to take us back to DC either after the game or Sunday morning, lieu of our planned 6 PM return flight.

    Dinner and beer for my three sons and myself.

    This is setting up as one super expensive weekend.

    God, I hope the Pens win!!

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    $600 for four game tickets; four round trips flight tickets originally leaving at 8 AM on Saturday, now turned into four one way tickets leaving DC at 4 PM, substitute a rental car to take us back to DC either after the game or Sunday morning, lieu of our planned 6 PM return flight.

    Dinner and beer for my three sons and myself.

    This is setting up as one super expensive weekend.

    God, I hope the Pens win!!
    Dang!

    I hope the Pens win too!

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    I've always thought it should have been a night game anyway. I don't get NBC and its hard-on for Saturday afternoon hockey.
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    Yeah, NBC's early afternoon games don't do much for me either.
    I don't mind the early games. they have an oldschool "World Wide of Sports" feel to it for me that feel a bit of nostalgia for.

    It should be cool to see how this game works under the lights. I'm pretty excited to see that
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    $600 for four game tickets; four round trips flight tickets originally leaving at 8 AM on Saturday, now turned into four one way tickets leaving DC at 4 PM, substitute a rental car to take us back to DC either after the game or Sunday morning, lieu of our planned 6 PM return flight.

    Dinner and beer for my three sons and myself.

    This is setting up as one super expensive weekend.

    God, I hope the Pens win!!
    But the memories will be priceless!



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    I don't mind the early games. they have an oldschool "World Wide of Sports" feel to it for me that feel a bit of nostalgia for.

    It should be cool to see how this game works under the lights. I'm pretty excited to see that
    It could just be the former farm boy in me. I would rather get **** done during the day, then party all night.....and if there's no **** to be done, play some ball or go fishing during the day.

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    I read that the ratings were pretty good last night considering the sudden change in time. Maybe having this thing at night is something that they're going to try from now on.

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    My only beef, besides weather, was the fact that they gave the Craps 30K tickets. It was suppose to be a Penguins home game... not a neutral site! This wasn't a bowl game. Do they give 40% of the tickets to the visiting team for all the regular season games? No!!! That's bull ****! Pittsburgh fans would have bought those tickets.

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    My only beef, besides weather, was the fact that they gave the Craps 30K tickets. It was suppose to be a Penguins home game... not a neutral site! This wasn't a bowl game. Do they give 40% of the tickets to the visiting team for all the regular season games? No!!! That's bull ****! Pittsburgh fans would have bought those tickets.
    I agree 110%. That was total bull****. No other visiting team was given that many tickets for the previous WC's. I think Pens fans only got 5,000 for the first one. I thought it was an exceptional considering that the Caps mother ****er of an owner stops us from buying tickets to his building. It made me sick to see him on the big screen bragging about how many of his Caps fans made the trip. Before, during, and after the game, I asked every group of Caps fans that I saw, "Now that we've let so many of you into our building, are you going to let US into YOURS?" I didn't get ONE single answer....just a bunch of blank stares.

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    I read that the ratings were pretty good last night considering the sudden change in time. Maybe having this thing at night is something that they're going to try from now on.
    It also helps that the Pittsburgh market is one of the best for hockey ratings. I think we achieve good ratings day or night in that game. I want to know what the ratings were in Washington compared to Pittsburgh. I expect them to be much lower since the Crapitals have such a pathetic fan base especially for their market size

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    My only beef, besides weather, was the fact that they gave the Craps 30K tickets. It was suppose to be a Penguins home game... not a neutral site! This wasn't a bowl game. Do they give 40% of the tickets to the visiting team for all the regular season games? No!!! That's bull ****! Pittsburgh fans would have bought those tickets.
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    I agree 110%. That was total bull****. No other visiting team was given that many tickets for the previous WC's. I think Pens fans only got 5,000 for the first one. I thought it was an exceptional considering that the Caps mother ****er of an owner stops us from buying tickets to his building. It made me sick to see him on the big screen bragging about how many of his Caps fans made the trip. Before, during, and after the game, I asked every group of Caps fans that I saw, "Now that we've let so many of you into our building, are you going to let US into YOURS?" I didn't get ONE single answer....just a bunch of blank stares.
    The only thing I can think of is that the site is neutral per event. For instance, they could never hold the winter classic in D.C. cause it's too warm down there, sop for the "event" which is more than a general Home Game, they went with treating it more like Bowl Games with regards to ticket distribution.

    however, I agree that it was still a home Game for the Pens and the ticket distribution shouldn't have been even. It should have been AT LEAST 60-40% Pens
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    El Sid.... were you down there for the winter clAssic? Being a season tickets holder I figured you had first stab at them
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