Wayne Fish at Phillyburbs.com says a National Hockey League source confirmed Thursday night that the Flyers will host the Rangers in the 5th Winter Classic Game on Jan. 2, 2012 at Citizens Bank Ballpark.
Darren Dreger reports that sources confirm to him that Philadelphia is the leading candidate for next year's Winter Classic and the Rangers are the likely opponent.
Dreger adds that the NHL hasn't officially signed off on the location, largely because of building availability in Philadelphia. The NHL would love to host the outdoor game at Lincoln Financial Field, but the NFL's schedule is making the football stadium virtually impossible, so Citizens Bank Park, the home of the Philadelphia Phillies, will likely be the venue of choice.
Last month Jim Matheson said a Rangers/Flyers Winter Classic would most likely be played on January 2nd because January 1st is a Sunday and the NHL won't want to compete with the NHL.
...Rangers/Flyers has been the on-going rumor for sometime, but now that Dreger is reporting it you've got to assume this is virtually a lock.
...wonder if tickets will be available for Rangers season ticket holders. I was going to cancel this year, but I might have to re-think if that's the case.
They can't convert the meadowlands from football to hockey that quick. Maybe it's not Jan 2nd. What about New Years Eve? Now that would be a sight to see.
i dont like how teams are already dpubling up (penguins and now flyers) and the teams that are doubling are getting it in thier city, ny is where it should be and i assume it will eventually come but it just doesnt make sence that now BOTH Pennsylvania teams have had it at home and have both been in it twice....way more teams that are more "classic" worthy, especially with them doubling up teams so quickly . Dont get me wrong i want the rangers to play in it and to play in it as much as possible but we are the last of the american original six to be in it while teams like the caps are playing in it cause they have ovetchkin though before him no one gave a rats ass. Im happy we will be in it though, however they gotta bring it to ny
@ChrisP No, but Dreger is as close to a confirmation as you can get.
@CJ if so how will torts handle the cameras???
@JoshMoelis Assuming because of football schedule Meadowlands not an option and Yankee Stadium out as well with College Bowl game. Wilpons had pushed for Citifield but not sure NHL is interested. Central Park?
@ChrisP Oh crap, I guess it is.
DUDE, he's either going to be the greatest thing on television, or he will just disappear whenever the cameras show up. If he just does his thing it will be awesome...Torts unfiltered.