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Decking down, stage being erected

Friday, 12.24.2010 / 11:19 AM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / 2011 Winter Classic Blog

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2011 Winter Classic Blog
Decking down, stage being erected
PITTSBURGH -- Heinz Field is slowly turning into a hockey facility.

I walked in here this morning around 10:30 to find floor decking down on the field and part of the stage built. It's fairly quiet on the field right now as you can tell by the webcam, but underneath the stands in the bowels of this first-class venue there are people hard at work unloading all kinds of equipment and office supplies.

You have to remember that because this is such a big event the NHL basically sets up a satellite office inside the facility until the Winter Classic is over. I am typing this blog from a table inside the Events office, which is actually the visiting college coaches locker room.

Outside the snow is still lightly falling and it's cold, but not overly frigid. The conditions right now are actually ideal for hockey -- and for creating an outdoor venue to host a hockey game.

If you missed it, check out my on-field video report after last night's Steelers game, the video from Steelers nose guard Casey Hampton as well as Director of Football Ops Kevin Colbert and Canadian-born placekicker Shaun Suisham the story to accompany it.

It's time for me to get to work now. I'm heading over to speak with Dan Craig now. He e-mailed me this morning to tell me that the refrigeration truck had quite an interesting journey from D.C. to Pittsburgh, and I'm going out to report that story.

More later.

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