NEW YORK – The National Hockey League®, Chicago Blackhawks, Soldier Field and the City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications would like to remind fans attending Saturday's 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins about traffic impacts and weather precautions on game day, as well as ticket and security matters.
Start time is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT on Saturday. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to avoid anticipated last minute crowds at the gates and to enjoy pregame festivities inside and outside the stadium. Parking lots around Soldier Field will open at 3 p.m. CT and gates to Soldier Field will open at 5 p.m. CT. Spectator Plaza, the official interactive hockey and entertainment festival featuring live music, hockey-themed attractions and more, is a free event and opens to the public at 3 p.m. on game day. It is located on the Stadium Green near Gate 6.
The weather forecast for game day is anticipated to be cold with temperatures ranging in the teens. Fans should dress appropriately for the cold outdoor weather conditions at Soldier Field. Fans are encouraged to wear layers, and are allowed to bring blankets into Soldier Field to help keep warm. In addition, there will be two warming centers inside the stadium for fans to warm-up during the event. Attendees are encouraged to look for signs in the stadium or ask security for locations.
Fans are reminded of the following stadium policies:
· No backpacks, bags and purses larger than 16" x 16" x 12" are permitted.
· There is a no re-entry policy at Soldier Field.
· No outside food or beverage is admitted.
· All fans, regardless of age, must have a valid ticket to be admitted to the stadium.
· Media must have pre-registered and have a valid credential prior to being admitted to the stadium.
· No tailgating will be permitted after the start of the game or post-game.
· Alcoholic beverages, coolers, cans, bottles and other beverage containers, ice chests, strollers and weapons are among the items prohibited at Soldier Field. For a full list of prohibited items, visit: http://soldierfield.net/content/facility-guide
All lots for the event are cash lots.
Soldier Field parking lots open at 3 p.m. on game day and will close after the lots are cleared immediately following the game (no tailgating permitted post-game). Those driving to the game are encouraged to pre-purchase parking in advance to guarantee themselves parking at http://soldierfield.clickandpark.com
McCormick Place Lots will be open as well beginning at 3 p.m. and will have shuttles transporting people to and from the lots.
The Transportation Center, located northeast of the stadium (at the corner of McFetridge and Museum Campus Drive) is where the CTA, Metra Shuttle and PACE bus services will be available for drop-off and pick-up.
Soldier Field can be reached on the #127 NW Madison and #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express buses.
Service is available from the Roosevelt Station between State and Wabash on the Red, Green and Orange Lines. From there, riders can transfer to the #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express buses or walk east on Roosevelt through the Museum Campus to Soldier Field.
Regional Transit Authority
For more information, visit www.rtachicago.com
Taxi Cabs – Pre-game
Drop-off locations: McFetridge Drive at Lake Shore Drive, Southbound LSD exit at 18th Street, Northbound LSD entrance ramp at 18th Street and Roosevelt Road at Michigan Avenue.
Taxi Cabs – Post-Game
Pickup locations: Free shuttles will be made available to take fans to two locations - Michigan Avenue and Roosevelt Road and Ogilvy Train Station - where they can either pick up a taxi or take the train home. Fans exiting the stadium on the North end can pick up a shuttle at McFetridge Drive and Museum Campus, and those exiting on the South end can pick up a shuttle at 18th Street and Michigan Avenue.
ADA Drop-Off and Pick-Up Areas
Fans with disabilities may be dropped off on the circle drive (east side of the stadium) on Museum Campus Drive outside Gate 14. An ADA accessibility placard or license plate must be visible to parking enforcement personnel when re-entering for pick-up. After the start of the third period the campus will be closed to incoming traffic. Fans with disabilities can take the courtesy cart from the Gate 14 drop-off to their vehicle if parked in one of the adjacent parking lots.
Counterfeit Tickets & Merchandise
The 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ Chicago game is sold out! The NHL, Blackhawks, Soldier Field and the City of Chicago are warning fans to watch out for counterfeit tickets if attempting to make a purchase from scalpers, and are urged to be aware of the following:
· No ticket (re)selling is permitted anywhere on Chicago Park District property.
· Only commemorative, Ticketmaster and NHL stock will be accepted. Do not be fooled by generic stock tickets. Paper copies or "printable" versions will not be accepted.
· Additionally, the City of Chicago reminds fans eager to attend Saturday's game that deals too good to be true often are – and that most times, reputable ticket providers are not going to arrange via the Internet pick-up or delivery of tickets are off-site locations.
Additionally, the NHL cautions that fans planning to attend the event could be targeted by counterfeiters attempting to sell unauthorized and poorly made knock-off merchandise. In addition to misleading consumers who believe they are buying authentic merchandise, counterfeiting hurts local retailers and businesses that play by the rules. To avoid being victimized by counterfeiters, the NHL urges fans to take the necessary precautions to ensure they're buying high-quality merchandise and not supporting illegal activity.