Winter Classic: Rink Build Begins For Penguins vs. Capitals New Year’s Day Game

December 24th, 2010 by Trent Reinsmith Leave a reply »
The Pittsburgh Steelers dumped the Carolina Panthers by a score of 27-3 on Thursday, December 23, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The victory marked the final game the Steelers would play at home in 2010, and when the game clock ticked to zero, it was time for the NHL to take over the stadium.

By Friday morning, the goalposts were down and the stage was being built to make the entire field level.

Once the stage is in place, Dan Craig and his ice crew will begin building the 2011 Winter Classic hockey rink. This year will be the shortest amount of time they have to accomplish their work.

Craig and his crew had almost 20 days to work on the 2010 Winter Classic Rink at Boston’s Fenway Park. This year, that window will be reduced to just six days as they have until noon on December 30th to finish the rink.

There will be no Christmas celebration for Craig and his crew.

"That's the way it is. There is not a thing that we can do differently," Craig told "There is no special dinner. There is no special anything. There will be a special dinner once we get everything done maybe on the 29th or the 30th, but we can't break ...

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