The build-up for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals shifted into high gear Monday when the NHL Winter Classic Ice Plant presented by York arrived at Nationals Park in Washington.
The 53-foot, 300-ton capacity truck houses the specialized equipment, including the world's largest movie rink refrigeration unit, needed to make the rink the Blackhawks and Capitals will skate on for the New Year's Day extravaganza.
Among those on hand to greet the arrival of the NHL Winter Classic Ice Plant were Capitals alums were Peter Bondra and Sylvain Cote.
The first step in the rink build is installing approximately 61,000 square feet of armor decking to protect the field, which serves as the home of the Washington Nationals baseball team. Then come the aluminum ice pans and dasher boards.
When ice making begins a sheet of ice nearly two inches thick will be created.
Fans will be able to follow the entire rink build process through interactive features and extensive coverage on NHL Network and NHL.com, including the NHL Winter Classic time lapse video.