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NHL Heritage Classic

Heritage Classic preparations on schedule

Finishing touches taking place at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, where Oilers, Jets will play on Sunday

by Scott Billeck / Correspondent

NHL Now: Heritage Classic Prep

NHL Now: Heritage Classic Preparations Underway

NHL Now checks in at Investors Group Field, where the Jets are getting set to host the Oilers in the first outdoor affair of the season

  • 02:18 •

WINNIPEG -- Preparations for the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic between the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets at Investors Group Field are on schedule.

Crews were preparing to put the lines and logos on the outdoor ice on Tuesday with four days to go until the Heritage Classic Alumni Game on Saturday (4 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN) and the Heritage Classic on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVA Sports 2).

"By Thursday night, everything should be all set, everything nice and ready to go for Friday," NHL senior manager of facilities operations Mike Craig said.

The final touches are being put on a bevy of activities for fans over the two-day event.

Video: Check out a time lapse at Investors Group Field

"Our Spectator Plaza is a great way to come, families-anyone with a ticket-and take advantage of some of the stick and puck activities we got," NHL executive vice president and executive producer, programming and creative development Steve Mayer said. "Molson is supporting our human bubble hockey … you can build your own trading card and there's also a stage, which is going to have music … from the time you get here, right up until game time.

"And then when you come in, taking in one of these games is quite the experience. If you've never been, there is always something happening, a lot of pomp and circumstance. Everything from fly overs to big musical performances on both days."

Musical guests will include multiple Juno award winners Tom Cochrane and Sum 41.

The Alumni Game Saturday will feature NHL legends including Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Teemu Selanne and Dale Hawerchuk.

"One of the greatest alumni games we've ever put on at the NHL and then obviously the game on Sunday," Mayer said.

"We know the product on the ice will be NHL quality, so it's important the other way around, that everything that happens off the ice equals what we're putting on the ice. Our players are the best in the world, the game is the best in the world. What we do to activate around it has got to be unique and to that standard. Any fan that comes to the games, they leave with an experience of a lifetime."

Temperatures at puck drop for each game is expected to be in the 50s (Farenheit). Mayer said they're looking at hourly forecasts that come in three times a day.

"Every minute of the day," Mayer said. "What we're seeing right now, a little rain the morning, which will not be a factor. We do see some winds and some gusts, which shouldn't be a factor. And it should be a cloudy day, so that takes the sun out of the mix, which is all good."

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