The NHL held a news conference on the field at Citizens Bank Park today to announce the worst-kept secret in North America: The Flyers will face the New York Rangers there on Jan. 2.
So how can you buy a ticket?
Good question. Even the NHL didn't have an answer. (But it announced that Winter Classic souvenirs are already available. Step right up, folks!!)
The NHL exec said it will be several weeks before an announcement is made on tickets, and that he expected them to sell in the $50 to $350 range.
A Flyers official said the team is waiting for the NHL to "manifest the building" - that is, determine how many seats can be added - and set ticket prices before they move forward. I would guess about 50,000 people will be able to fit in the hockey-created stadium.
The official said Flyers season-ticket holders will get first crack at tickets.
The Flyers are waiting to hear from the NHL on how many tickets will go to the Flyers, Rangers, Phillies and the league. (Dave Montgomery, the Phils' president, said his club will get about 1,400 tickets for its suite holders and will also be given "a small number" of other tickets.)
When that - and the number of tickets to be sold - is known, the Flyers will make an announcement on how they will make tickets available.
After Flyers' season ticket holders are accommodated, partial season-ticket holders would be next in line.
It seems likely a lottery will be held for some tickets, though the Flyers' executive said nothing is definite at this point.
The rink will run from around first base to third base and go into shallow parts of left, center and right field. The best seats will be the ones up high.
The Flyers and Rangers will play an alumni game at Citizens Bank Park on Dec. 31, and AHL Phantoms will play Hershey there on Jan. 6, the Flyers announced. They also said collegiate and high school games will take place at CBP.
The highlight of the news conference was when Ed Snider, the Flyers' chairman, verball attacked Glen Sather, the Rangers' GM.
Sather talked about how the Rangers have had success against the Flyers and that they were "going to come to Philadelphia and win."
Startled, Snider jumped out of his seat and raced to the microphone.
"I remember kicking the hell out of the Rangers on the way to our Cups!" he cracked.
For photos from today's press conference at Citizens Bank Park, click here. For a video of the announcement, click here.
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Below is the Flyers' lineup for Monday's exhibition against the Rangers at the WFC. (Wonder how it would have gone if they played it on the grass at CBP?)
James van Riemsdyk, Claude Giroux, Jaromir Jagr, Max Talbot, Danny Briere, Jake Voracek, Andreas Nodl, Harry Zolnierczyk, Matt Read, Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds, Zac Rinaldo, Blair Betts, Sean Couturier, Tom Sestito
Kimmo Timonen, Andrej Meszaros, Braydon Coburn, Matt Walker, Andreas Lilja, Erik Gustafsson, Matt Carle
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