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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

NHL Winter Classic Coverage | "Seven Days to Saturday" | Day 3, Dec. 28

Dec 28, 2010
Coverage By - Frank Murgia
Source Credits -NHL, Photos: Frank Murgia

Winter Classic Fan Festival, Warhol Exhibit, Hockey Hall of Fame Exhibit

PITTSBURGH - Today is day THREE of our "Seven Days to Saturday" 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Coverage which is being held here in Pittsburgh at Heinz Field on Saturday,  January 1, 2011 @ 1pm est.

2011 NHL Winter Classic News Coverage

Today we bring you information about the NHL planned fan activities and exhibits happening on the North Shore near Heinz Field.

“Spectator Plaza” Offers a Host of Attractions for Fans of All Ages

NEW YORK (December 22, 2010) – The National Hockey League in conjunction with the City of Pittsburgh will extend the celebration of the New Year’s Day outdoor game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals with its official 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® Spectator Plaza, a free, two-day fan festival just outside the gates of Heinz Field.

On Friday, Dec. 31 and Saturday, Jan. 1, Art Rooney Avenue and W. General Robinson Street will transform into an outdoor hockey and entertainment festival for fans of all ages with live musical performances, interactive hockey-themed attractions, prizing and giveaways, food, beverage and merchandise tents.

Weather permitting, Spectator Plaza will be open to the public from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET on Dec. 31 and from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Jan. 1, just prior to the puck drop at the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

During the two-day festival, the Bud Light Beer Garden tents will be offering concessions to Spectator Plaza guests; visitors and fans can interact with roving stilt walkers, get their photos taken through “Fanfoto,” and have their faces painted and caricatures drawn on game day. Stilt walkers from Entertainment Unlimited will provide roving entertainment and McDonald’s will distribute samples of its McCafé specialty coffee beverages.

In addition to the merchandise areas throughout Spectator Plaza and Heinz Field, Dick’s Sporting Goods, the Official Retailer of the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, will be selling NHL Winter Classic merchandise from a special pop-up trailer located on W. General Robinson Street. On Nov. 12, Dick’s opened a NHL Winter Classic store located in Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District that will be open daily through Dec. 31. This temporary store is carrying officially licensed Penguins and Capitals NHL Winter Classic merchandise.

Fans can test their shooting skills at the Bridgestone Slap Shot Activation in Spectator Plaza, where visitors will take to the ice to go one-on-one against a goalie from a youth league in the Pittsburgh area. Media is also invited to participate, and live shot and other stand-up opportunities can be arranged throughout the morning of Dec. 31.

Geico’s “cave” at Spectator Plaza will include a “Guess The Puck” contest for chances to win prizes and a remote control monster truck obstacle course. The Caveman will also be onsite, interacting with fans at Spectator Plaza and filming video throughout Heinz Field for four webisodes that will be available at NHL.com.

Inspired by Sidney Crosby’s favorite childhood pastime of shooting pucks into a clothes dryer in his parents’ basement – and in homage to the popular television commercial that debuted earlier this year – Reebok will invite fans to do the same at its Zigloo activation area within Spectator Plaza.

Upper Deck will provide the opportunity for fans to create their own personal hockey trading card and Verizon Wireless will give fans the chance to become hockey stars and create their own NHL Winter Classic-themed ad. Verizon Wireless will also host demonstrations of the new NHL GameCenter LIVE mobile application on Verizon handsets.

Cisco will offer fans the opportunity to experience Cisco ūmiTM telepresence, a first-of-its-kind consumer product that brings family and friends together in HD video, whether they are around the corner or across the country, in a living room-styled RV at Spectator Plaza.

Honda will showcase the all-new 2011 Honda CR-Z, Odyssey and the Accord Crosstour at Spectator Plaza and host NHL alumnus Pat LaFontaine at the Honda Tent for a special autograph session on Dec. 31 beginning at 3:00 p.m.

On Dec. 31, the day’s events begin at 8:30 a.m. and will include the exclusive live NHL NetworkTM broadcast of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals team practices from Heinz Field, which fans can watch on the jumbo video screen at Spectator Plaza.

Game-day festivities begin at Spectator Plaza at 9:00 a.m. on Jan. 1 and will include a live performance by local cover band Tokyo Radio from 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. A hockey-themed ice sculpture will be created by Mastro Gourmet Quality Ice.

2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Spectator Plaza, a free outdoor hockey and entertainment fan festival, in celebration of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic New Year’s Day outdoor game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals at Heinz Field.

Friday, Dec. 31, from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET
Saturday, Jan. 1, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET

Art Rooney Avenue and W. General Robinson Streets in Pittsburgh


Hockey Hall of Fame Exhibit 

The Hall of Fame exhibit at Carnegie Science Center and Highmark SportsWorks® centers around the history of the NHL Winter Classic, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals.

Displays will include every trophy ever won by individual Penguins, plus memorabilia of such Penguins stars as Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby, Marc-Andre Fleury, Jaromir Jagr, Evgeni Malkin, Ron Stackhouse, and Rick Kehoe. For those whose nostalgia dates back to the 1950's, there will be artifacts from the Pittsburgh Hornets. Challenge your own hockey skills with interactive games including puck shooting, goal tending and stick-handling games.

Carnegie Science Center is open from 10am-7pm Dec. 27-29, 9am-8pm Dec. 30-31.

The Stanley Cup will be on display December 30 and 31!


Warhol: The Art of Play Exhibit 

 The Andy Warhol Museum’s The Art of Play is an exhibition of youth artwork on the importance of play, sports and physical fitness. Youth explored themes such as sportsmanship, teamwork, and the role of the sports celebrity in contemporary culture. The first part of The Art of Play is a juried exhibition of youth digital artwork. Youth from around the region participated. In addition, local animators, The Schmutz Company worked with after-school programs to create stop motion animations. The second part of the exhibition is a suite of prints created by students from Pittsburgh’s High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, which uses Sarah Heinz House athletic teams as their muse. The Warhol’s Eric Shiner, Milton Fine Curator of Art juried the exhibition.

The exhibition, presented in conjunction with the 2011 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic and sponsored by the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, will be on view at 907 Penn Avenue on December 31, 2010 as part of First Night activities in Pittsburgh’s cultural district.

More Related Coverage:

* VIEW our DAY-3 FullWinter Classic  PHOTO Album
* VIEW our DAY-2 FullWinter Classic  PHOTO Album
* VIEW our DAY-1 Full Winter Classic  PHOTO Album
* VIEW our Winter Classic NEWS Page

Mayor Ravenstahl Visits Heinz Field (Photos, Video)
The mayor and two youth hockey players helped paint the lines at the Winter Classic rink.

Visit Pittsburgh.com
Schedule of Winter Classic Events
Winter Classic Game Day Guide (directions, parking, info)

WPXI.com-NBC 11

* Photos: Hockey Hall Of Fame Exhibit Opens At Carnegie Science Center 

* Lacing Up: All Things Winter Classic

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