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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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