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Workers lay down a board surface over the entire field and begin to build a hockey rink that extends roughly from third to first base, prepping for the 10th annual Winter Classic at CitiField.
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Playing a hockey game outdoors presents unusual problems, including rthe chance of rain, intense sun and temperatires that are too cold for the fans or too warm to maintain the ice.
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A detail from the poster for this year’s Winter Classic — a throwback to hockey’s first days days when the game was played outdoors on frozen lakes and ponds — between the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres.
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The Ice Plant, a 53-foot, 300-ton refrigeration unit which arrived at the stadium last Sunday, will make a two-inch thick layer of ice by game time on New Year’s Day.
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Pipes are laid from the refrigeration truck in the stadium parking lot to the field. It takes about eight days to make enough ice in time for the game.
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The view from the behind the field level seats.

It takes a week, more or less, to put a hockey rink in the middle of a baseball stadium. So, work is underway at CitiField, home of the New York Mets in balmier months, to lay down a deck and the ice in time for the NHL Winter Classic. It is an annual hockey event, one game a year, played outdoors no matter the weather, on New Year’s Day. This year, the 10th edition of the Winter Classic is being played in New York — an all-state affair between the New York Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres.

Posted 12:00 am, December 23, 2017
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