WASHINGTON, DC -- Having covered a few Winter Classics and outdoor games, I can say without a doubt that I've never seen the area outside of a stadium as packed as it was before the Washington Capitals' game vs. the Chicago Blackhawks.
Not even last January at the Big House. Here are a few images from the Fan Fest, including some booth action and some rather questionable fashion choices.
A Sidney Crosby jersey? Really, dude?
The Spectator Plaza presented by GEICO, was a free fan festival that was held outside of Nationals Park in conjunction with the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.
From 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET on game day, the Fairgrounds – an outdoor multipurpose event space across the street from Nationals Park – will transform into a hockey and entertainment festival for fans of all ages with live musical performances.
There were also interactive hockey-themed attractions, prizes and giveaways; food and beverages; and retail tents with an extensive selection of officially-licensed 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classi cmerchandise and collectibles.
Enjoy the gallery!