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Winter Classic to feature free outdoor fan festival

Three-day experience will be held in Chicago before Bruins-Blackhawks outdoor game at Notre Dame Stadium

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

NEW YORK - The 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® festivities will begin in Chicago's Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park with the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Park™, a three-day free fan festival. From Dec. 29-31, the NHL and its corporate partners will treat hockey fans to a host of family-friendly interactions and experiences, including autograph sessions featuring former Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins greats, hockey interactives, giveaways, food, live music and a special appearance by the oldest and most revered trophy in sports - the Stanley Cup®. For more information, visit NHL.com/WinterClassic or download the NHL Fan Access™ App.

The 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Park™ will be free and open to the public from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 29, Sunday, Dec. 30, and Monday, Dec. 31. A schedule of events will be released in the coming weeks.

"As we prepare for the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, we are excited to invite everyone to the NHL Winter Classic Park for this free outdoor experience," said Steve Mayer, NHL Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President. "What a great way to spend time with your family in Chicago and get in the mood for our biggest outdoor game of the year."

"The heart of American hockey beats in Chicago, making this the ideal city to host the NHL Winter Classic Park," said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "This three-day fan festival will not only add to the world-class programming in Millennium Park, it will help inspire future generations of hockey stars who are playing on rinks in neighborhoods throughout the city of Chicago."

 

WHAT: 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Park™

 

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. CT

Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. CT

Monday, Dec. 31, 2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. CT

 

WHERE: Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park

201 Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

 

NHL corporate partners Bridgestone, Discover, Dunkin', Federal Mogul, Fisherman's Friend, GEICO, Honda, Kraft Heinz, MillerCoors, New Amsterdam Vodka, Pepsi/Frito-Lay, PPG, Ticketmaster and Upper Deck will offer fans of all ages fun opportunities to test their hockey skills, lasting and memorable experiences and free giveaways during operating hours of the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Park. A wide assortment of NHL Winter Classic® products will be available for purchase at the Official Merchandise Shop at the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Park™.

Three Chicago-based bands - Red Carpet Riot, Stache! and 97Nine - will give free performances at the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Park™.

Fans are encouraged to download the NHL Fan Access™ App for exclusive prizes and opportunities at the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Park™, including the chance to win tickets to the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, Shop.NHL.com, EA Sports and Dunkin' gift cards, and autographed jerseys, plus more. Fans can join the conversation via the official hashtag NHL #WinterClassic.

The Blackhawks will face the Bruins outdoors in the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Notre Dame Stadium on New Year's Day, Jan. 1, 2019 (1 p.m. ET on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports). A limited number of tickets to the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® are still available at Ticketmaster.com and the Ticketmaster app, the official ticketing partner of the NHL®.

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