Dang title getting truncated...why have the field accept more characters when it'll just cut them off.
Thought it would be nice to have some kind of pre-event discussion regarding the Hockeytown Winter Festival and Winter Classic. I hope to cover a lot of info in here, with stuff I've learned over the past month or so, including what I got in the mail, from the Detroit Red Wings Box office.
I'm prepared (I actually have too many)
I blanked out the bar-codes
Winter Classic - Michigan Stadium
January 1st, 2014 -- NBC, Postgame: FSD
Game Starts: 1pm
Gates Open: 10am
No Re-entry, even with ticket, except for cases involving an emergency.
They really are stressing: No bags or purses of any kind
Full list of items: http://www.nhl.com/i...s.htm?id=633254
along with all policies: http://redwings.nhl....ge.htm?id=79817
I was told during a discussion regarding transferring/selling tickets with the Red Wings box office that only official hard tickets will be accepted at the gates for the Winter Classic. This was why those that used the Red Wings ticket manager system you could not print or transfer the Winter Classic tickets. So these tickets will be like the ones sent out (see picture) or the basic "boring" ones Ticketmaster prints (like my OHL/AHL tickets) as they only had the hard copy option (per juiceman). I would be wary of anyone selling tickets that aren't actual hard tickets. Tickets sent out by the Red Wings box office started arriving Dec 2nd to customers. Tickets are being sold through the Ticketmaster Ticket Exchange site (TIckets Now), information regarding this is also supported through the Red Wings box office...as they sent out a notice for it.
More information can be found here (specifically at the bottom): http://www.nhl.com/i.../2014/microsite
Hockeytown Winter Festival - Comerica Park
Open Skates and various events: Dec 14-26
Great Lakes Invitational (Day 1): Dec 27 -- FSD PLUS
MSU vs MTU @ 3:30pm
WMU vs UM @ 7pm
Gates Open: 2:30pm
Great Lakes Invitational (Day 2): Dec 28 -- FSD (Tape delay for Championship game)
Consolation Game @ 3:30pm
Championship Game @ 7pm
Gates Open: 2:30pm
OHL Doubleheader: Dec 29
Windsor Spitfires vs Saginaw Spirit @ 1:30pm
London Knights vs Plymouth Whalers @ 5pm
Gates Open: 12:30pm
AHL Game: Dec 30 -- FSD
Toronto Marlies vs Grand Rapids Griffins @ 5pm
Gates Open: 4pm
Alumni Showdown Double Header -- FSD
Game 1 @ 1pm
Game 2 @ 3:30pm
Gates Open: 12pm
Re-entry is allowed for all games.
General Info and Map
Fan Guide: https://docs.google....LVVuRnhHSlQ2Vmc
There will be free autographs each day, at 3 different booths, leading up to the alumni game (no autographs that day)...in the Fan Zone They don't have a specific schedule or who listed yet.
They will have an open skate on a synthetic ice rink for each event day, in the Fan Zone.
Coke Zero Fan Zone
Free to those with a ticket for that day's event. $5 per person for all others, per day. Re-entry is allowed
Dec 27: 1pm-10pm
Dec 28: 1pm-10pm
Dec 29: 11am-8pm
Dec 30: 1pm-8pm
Dec 31: 11am-4pm
Pretty standard list of items that aren't permitted for any sporting event. Bags and purses are allowed, but will be inspected.
Items and polices here: http://redwings.nhl....ge.htm?id=79817
Part of the discussion as mentioned earlier was that tickets to all these games can be transferred via web, along with being able to reprint the ticket. The Red Wings box office says that when the ticket is reprinted (through their system) it generates a new barcode, so the old one becomes void. They said you can then sell them through the Ticketmaster Ticket Exchange site (TIckets Now) since it's all tied to their system.
More information can be found here: http://redwings.nhl....ge.htm?id=93007
I went to the previous Red Wings Winter Classic at Wrigley in Chicago. Believe me, it gets very cold with a slight breeze. Baseball parks are a little more open and not really designed to block the wind (as much compared to football stadiums). My brother and I had on 4 layers, which included heavy winter coat and snow pants, and we could still feel it (temp was in the upper teens). It was still fun, but if I had on anything less it probably would have affected my enjoyment. Long underwear, wool socks and snow boots can go a long way; we dressed pretty much like we were going snowmobiling. So come prepared, and try to get a gauge on what works best at other games prior to the Winter Classic...since you can't leave once you're inside.
Hope to continue updating this as new information comes up (mods feel free to as well).