It's the best time of year!
Posted by Ryan Porth Labels: 2011 Winter Classic, Pittsburgh Penguins, Road to the Winter Classic, Washington Capitals
By Brian Metzer, for RLD
When Ryan asked me to provide a guest blog on why Pittsburgh was deserving of hosting the Winter Classic, a reason didn’t immediately come to mind. In fact, I was one of the folks who was a bit bitter about the selection this summer, mainly because there was a good bit of bellyaching from around the league. Then I thought about it and came up with the blog below… enjoy!
Flash forward four years and the situation is completely different. The team has moved into its new facility, they have hoisted a Stanley Cup, and the fan base has grown exponentially. It is the right time to bring this amazing event to Pittsburgh.
The City has long been known for its rabid sports fans and the successes of its sports franchises and was named the top Sports City in America by the Sporting News back in 2009. All of those things combine to make Pittsburgh the perfect city to host the Winter Classic and the city’s north shore is already looking like a perfect spot for all that comes with the event.
Fans have already been blanketing the area surrounding Heinz Field. They are patronizing the Winter Classic Community Rink, buying up NHL merchandise at a breakneck pace and staring in awe as the league’s event folks set up the Winter Classic Festival on General Robinson Street.
Sure, there are other teams in the league that deserve to host this amazing event, but for this season, Pittsburgh and the Penguins were the perfect choices. The league will get a first hand glimpse of how amazing this city can be. How its people will open their collective arms to welcome in the hockey world and help it put on what could be one of the most amazing Winter Classics yet.
Updated Forecast for Saturday's game:
Photo credit: A.J. in Nashville / Brian Metzer
Graph: The Weather Channel
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