Posted on: January 2, 2012 5:03 pm

Citizens Bank Park transforms for Winter Classic

By Matt Snyder

As most of you already know, the NHL is having its annual Winter Classic Monday afternoon in Philadelphia. The game is taking place in Citizens Bank Park, normally home to the Phillies. Here are a few pictures of the transformed ballpark. Also, make sure to jump on over to Eye On Hockey, as both Brian Stubits and Adam Gretz are covering the event live. Gretz has posted an awesome video with a variety of different seating views, too.

Here's the view from above what's normally home plate, by U.S. Presswire:

And a bit down the first base line, also by U.S. Presswire:

And an infrared shot from center field, from Getty Images:

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Posted on: December 20, 2011 12:40 pm

Citizens Bank Park undergoing makeover

By Matt Snyder

Inspired by colleague Brian Stubits' post about the awesome mask Philadelphia Flyers' goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (and I thought Rzepczynski was hard to spell) is going to wear for the 2012 NHL Winter Classic, I decided to grab some pictures of the transformation going on at Citizens Bank Park. This is all being done in preparation for the game between the Flyers and the New York Rangers on New Year's Day.

For more on the actual Winter Classic, make sure to head on over to Eye On Hockey. We'll just stick to the stadium, as this is a baseball blog.

Here's a view from the first-base side of the stadium. The rectangle in the middle that isn't yet covered is where the actual action will happen in the Winter Classic.

This appears to be the press box view, where you can get a look at all the changes, including the temporary seating being added to center field.

An even higher view, which is pretty breathtaking. Again, that free rectangle along the upper half of the infield is where the ice will be set and the action will take place.

And the view from the right-field corner.

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Posted on: April 21, 2011 1:59 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2011 2:06 pm

Two hockey and baseball notes

By C. Trent Rosecrans

There are few sporting events I enjoy more than the NHL playoffs, so in that spirit, our folks at the Eye on Hockey blog have two baseball-related hockey notes to share:

• The Phillies' Citizen Bank Park may be next up for the Winter Classic. Although last year's event at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh was considered a success, the NHL prefers the "coziness and layout" of a baseball park for its signature event. The Eagles have a home game on New Year's Day.

• Also, there's a report that former Brave Tom Glavine is interested in putting together a group to buy the Atlanta Thrashers. Glavine was actually drafted by both MLB and the NHL out of high school.

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