It’s a big game. Some even say “a holiday tradition“. This year’s game features an intense rivalry between the top two teams in the Atlantic Division as the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers battle outdoors at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia, home of the Phillies. This is the fifth iteration of the NHL Winter Classic, an event created by both NBC Sports and the NHL.
Superior Scaffold was brought in to build the “Ice Bridge” that spans the fan’s walkway (concourse) down to the rink itself. The scaffolding allows the pipes that bring in the water and chemicals to make the ice to travel safely from the outside of the stadium all the way down to the rink on the inside. It allows the concourse to remain open to fans while still providing the ability to keep the ice flowing.
The scaffold is all wrapped in a decorative scrim with graphics from both teams and sponsors.
You can watch a very cool timelapse of the rink being built here:
NBC’s coverage of the Winter Classic will be hosted by Bob Costas, a 22-time Emmy Award-winner. He will be joined by NBC Sports Group studio analysts Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick for coverage on NBC and post-game coverage on NBC Sports Network. NBC’s game coverage will be led by Emmy Award-winner Mike “Doc” Emrick (play-by-play) Eddie Olczyk (analyst), and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass reporter).
Last year’s Winter Classic was the most-watched NHL regular-season game in 36 years. The game was watched by 4.5 million viewers.
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