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Flyers’ letter to season ticket holders confirms 2012 Winter Classic

Sep 7, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

Darroll Powe AP

On a rough day like this, it’s nice to think about a day that’s regularly been a joyous occasion for the NHL and hockey fans in general. The Winter Classic has been a marquee event for four years running and rumors that the Philadelphia Flyers would host the New York Rangers in the 2012 edition have been around for quite some time.

While it didn’t confirm that the event will take place at Citizens Bank Park,’s Sarah Baicker reveals that the Flyers backed up the rumors that they will host the 2012 Bridgestone Winter Classic on January 2 via a letter to their season ticket holders.

A letter to season ticket holders included the following note:

“The Flyers will host the 2012 Bridgestone Winter Classic! You will notice that only 43 games are included in your ticket and parking book(s). Winter Classic tickets are not a part of your 2011-12 season ticket package. However, all full season ticket holders will have the ability to purchase up to same number of Winter Classic Packages as 2011-12 full season seats you own.”

Baicker points out that Citizens Bank Park is still the logical locale because the Philadelphia Eagles are scheduled to host the Washington Redskins during a game on New Year’s Day. (Even an ice guru like Dan Craig couldn’t reasonably be expected to get the ice ready for the next Winter Classic in a day.)

It might take time for other details of the 2012 Winter Classic to trickle in, so PHT will make sure to keep you updated as different aspects are made official.

  1. disp350 - Sep 7, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Before I say something, I am curious to know if the season ticket holders for the previous winter classics had the game EXCLUDED from their season ticket packages.

  2. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Sep 7, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    The NHL is losing the Winter Classics appeal to most fans when it keeps the same teams in it every year, and or the predictable ones… I understand this is a numbers game but if that’s the case just say east coast possible freezing weather classic.

  3. disp350 - Sep 7, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Ok, I waited long enough. Its bad enough that the Flyers raised their season ticket prices through the roof (mine went up $15 per ticket per game), but now they have the audacity to tell season ticket holders that in addition to forcing three preseason games on you, we are NOT INCLUDING tickets to the Winter Classic! Sure – we will let you buy them for at least double the price of your normal tickets ($95). Think you’ll be in a similar location or as best similar to your seats? Hell no – we save them for the corporations and super rich. We’ll shove you in whatever seats we feel like.

    Thanks Flyers. Over 40 years of season tickets, no Cup since Watergate, charge me an extra $30 every game this year and stick it up my rear as far as the Winter Classic goes. I think you have finally chased me away as a season ticket holder after this year.

    • miketoasty - Sep 7, 2011 at 7:22 PM

      As much as it sucks that you have to pay extra for these tickets trust me the “worse” seats are actually better. I went to the pens caps winter classic and heard nothing but bad things from people who sat in the lower seats as you cant see over the boards but being in the upper levels i actually had an amazing view!

  4. icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 7, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    I’ll enjoy watching the FlyBoys at home. As sweet as it would be to see hockey at the ‘Bank, it’s just so much money to spend on one game. Besides, I’d rather see them playing in May-June.

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