The appeal of watching hockey in outdoor venues has not yet worn off in North America.
Based on the phenomenal television ratings the 2014 Winter Classic brought in for NBC and CBC on Wednesday, the NHL’s grand mid-season event may actually be gaining in popularity, which makes their decision to hold two more games at Yankee Stadium later this month look all the better.
Strike while that iron is hot!
If you recall, one of the first Major League Baseball stadiums to take part in the Winter Classic series was Fenway Park in Boston back in 2010. Between the success of that event and a college hockey game between Boston College and Boston University, a seed was planted for another wintertime event in Beantown: Frozen Fenway.
What does that entail exactly? Well, each winter the Red Sox home ballpark plays host to a series of college and high school hockey games over the span of two weeks in late December and early January. This year’s event included a major college hockey tilt between Boston College and Notre Dame, which Boston College won 4-3 on Saturday. There’s also a monster sled ramp in the outfield for fans to enjoy throughout the event.
It's basically a winter wonderland, which means a lot of hard work goes into making the event possible. If you care to take a look behind the scenes and watch how Frozen Fenway comes together, this video will provide all you need.
As you can see, the weather conditions were less than ideal throughout much of the process, but that didn’t stop workers from doing their jobs. It actually makes for a pretty awesome winter visual that we don’t often see with major league ballparks.
With that in mind, here's to many more winters of hockey taking over baseball stadiums and providing us a glimpse of our national pastime in the wintertime.
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