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Old 12-25-2011, 05:52 PM
 
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What the makes the Winter Classic such a hit (pun intended)?It is because it is outdoors? I guess being outdoors makes it a real winter event. You really are out in winter.Should they do more outdoor games, maybe even make as many games as you can outside? What is stopping them?
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Old 12-25-2011, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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The Winter Classic is more about television ratings. The teams involved already sell enough tickets. If they televised more outdoor games it would lose the appeal. Makes for a good annual event, something the NHL desperately needs (aside from playoffs/Cup finals).
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Area, Michigan
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The appeal is taking the game back to its roots. A lot of these players played on ponds or in their makeshift backyard rinks with the outdoor elements.
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Old 12-28-2011, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Cook County
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It was a big deal when it was here in Chicago, mainly because it was at Wrigley field and people go nuts for anything at Wrigley.
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:24 AM
 
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So would it really be a bad idea to have more games outside? Maybe they could actually design a "pond" and play on it.
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:32 AM
 
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Yeah, there is a romance to it and it gets the players excited - even if many of the modern players spent more time really working their game indoors with only periodic trips to the pond or outdoor rinks

A large part of the appeal is that it's a one off event ... big buildup, a lot more to it than just the winter classic (my university has it's club team playing on the sheet later in the week) and it makes for a great television showcase

It's a nice novelty for the fans and I wouldn't hesitate to go - although from most accounts it's not a great way to watch a game live

Not to mention there is a lot of expense in putting one of these on and you would run into diminishing returns
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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The alumni game was a blast to watch, that's for sure. The players looked like they were having a blast as well.

The Legion of Doom meets the Broad Street Bullies. What a treat.
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Old 01-02-2012, 12:05 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Its a nice event to celebrate the NHL. I dont think it would be great to attend as its in a big stadium, but its a great watch on TV. The year they did it in Buffalo and it snowed looked really cool.
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Old 01-02-2012, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Arrrrrrrrrrrghhhhhhhhhh. Great game, great crowd, it even snowed. Lousy outcome. *sigh*
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Old 01-02-2012, 04:27 PM
 
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Arrrrrrrrrrrghhhhhhhhhh. Great game, great crowd, it even snowed. Lousy outcome. *sigh*
Rangers won and rightly so..the refs did everything but try armed robbery to take that game...a disgrace.
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