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Yankee Stadium rink build delayed by winter storm

Jan 22, 2014, 12:14 PM EDT

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Preparations for Sunday’s Devils-Rangers outdoor game at Yankee Stadium have been delayed by the winter storm hovering over the northeast, meaning NHL ice guru Dan Craig is in for long hours over the next few days.

“It continues to get more and more and get heavier and heavier every time I read [the forecast],” Craig said of the storm and snowfall, per “We’re just going to try and stay on top of it the best we can.

“We’re just going to continue to remove snow off the rink so that when it does stop, it won’t take us that long to remove what’s left and continue with making ice and get back on schedule.”

Craig and his crew are building Yankee Stadium ice for a pair of games — Saturday’s Devils-Rangers game, Wednesday’s Islanders-Rangers game — and also dealing with a smaller-than-usual crew. Out in L.A., Dodger Stadium is also in the midst of being prepped for Saturday’s Ducks-Kings outdoor game, marking the first time the NHL crew of rink-builders has been split into two teams.

Craig said he has a few local people helping out with the Yankee build, which has been “basically right on schedule” thus far. The crew still needs to paint the ice white and do lines and logos.

  1. areaman714 - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    This is why these outdoor games should be restricted to the southwest . . . we actually have better experience doing things outdoors in the winter . . .

    • bh0673 - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      areaman714 I have to ask how you figure the southwest is better suited to outdoor things in the winter? Tuesday’s snowfall wasn’t really helpful but I have to think being in a northern state where we do get hit with winter on a regular basis we have plenty of experience. Plus the deep freeze we are currently experiencing will make it a lot easier once the snow is cleared to freeze water. I could walk outside and spit on the ground and it will freeze in a few seconds. Now from the other perspective not only do we have plenty of experience in cold weather we actually have the joy of very hot weather as well. Don’t worry we have very good experience for outdoor things in all weather up in the northeast.

      • areaman714 - Jan 25, 2014 at 12:11 AM

        C’mon man! It was a snarky comment laced with sarcasm . . . Basically, it is much easier to accomplish stuff in general in 78 degree weather than it is in 10 degree weather, no? By the way, I love visiting NYC in the winter, fabulous time of year there. I love snow, I just don’t want it on my front lawn . . .

  2. multiplemiggs - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    You are all peasants. Your comments are useless. I get paid and get brain all day. Set a camp fire on the beach. Life is perfect. I am untouchable. This game should have been played at the brand new Jets Stadium in Corona Park, Queens. It should have been the Winter Classic. The Isles shall remain home team. You are the peasants that allow the trolls to continue to ruin the great City of NY. You deserve what you get. LOL

    • bh0673 - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      What are you trying to say?

  3. patthehockeyfan - Jan 22, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Hmmm. We are having a problem getting this rink ready for your winter games because … it’s winter.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 22, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      I believe this is what is meant by the word irony.

      • bh0673 - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        The snow on Tuesday pretty much through everything off, take a look at pictures at the Meadowlands as they try to clean up the snow for the Super Bowl. Snow has to be cleared and that takes time.

  4. xdj511 - Jan 22, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    This news is obviously a day old already, since it talks about the storm as it is in progress. The preparations were “delayed,” but is there any chance that they won’t be ready by Sunday? Are we going to be looking at funny colored ice or will the logos be missing, or, worst of all, will they not have enough time to put all of those ads along the boards?

    • bh0673 - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      Do a search there are plenty of videos showing the rink is up and ready other then the snow on everything

  5. therooneyskilledwebster - Jan 22, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    I blame Tanaka.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 22, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      Well, Tanaka, and of course, Benghazi.

      • bobc74 - Jan 22, 2014 at 8:55 PM

        I think you forgot to blame Bush.

  6. vgraziano - Jan 22, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Plan B: Rangers/Devils softball game…..

  7. nj666 - Jan 22, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    this is good, a winter game should involve winter conditions. I’m hoping for snow on sunday.

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