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It’s going to be cold Saturday night at Soldier Field

Feb 28, 2014, 11:36 AM EDT

Temperatures are expected to drop into the teens, with the possibility of snow, for Saturday’s Stadium Series finale between the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins (8 p.m. ET, NBC).

But the cold weather hasn’t dampened fan enthusiasm for the big event, which took less than 24 hours to sell out after tickets went on sale in December. It’s estimated that 2,500 gallons of hot chocolate will be sold during the game, along with 12,000 Famous Chicago Dogs.

Here’s what the set-up looks like at the home of the NFL’s Bears:

source: AP

Despite both teams being part of the NHL’s elite, they each come into the contest on a losing note. The ‘Hawks lost 2-1 Thursday to the Rangers; around the same time, the Pens were dropping a 6-5 shootout decision at home to the Canadiens.

In fact, since finishing December with a 28-7-7 record, the defending Stanley Cup champs from Chicago are just 7-5-7.

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  1. sunking1 - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    These rinks look so much better in a football stadium than lined up from 1st to 3rd base in a baseball stadium.

  2. mikedoc315 - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    The rinks may look better in a football versus baseball stadium, But the fans are a million miles away from the action. You may as well stay home and watch on tv from the warmth and comfort of home,you’ll get a better view of the game thats for sure.

  3. mgp1219 - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Too many outdoor games now. The Winter Classic is going to lose its uniqueness and luster if the NHL just keeps adding more and more outdoor games as a MARKETING PLOY. How many times can you watch an interview with an NHL player where they all say “I used to play on the frozen pond for 18 hours a day and I could not feel my toes because it was so cold” ? We get it. They all grew up doing nothing but playing shinny on the frozen ponds and lakes. It is overkill.

    • JoeAvg - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      No, it’s called making up revenue lost ’cause of the lockout. The Suck the Bucks from the Schmucks Stadium Series will have less games in the future.

    • suckit619 - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      This really upsets you doesn’t it?

    • hockey412 - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      I think they’re starting the “frozen pond” series next year, though.

      I think agreed with your point at the beginning of the year, but I’ve had a blast watching every damn one of these games this year – that California game was something I won’t forget, even though I was just in my livingroom. And really – it looks like the people there are having a blast – so why not. Bring it on.

      (They aren’t doing as many next year anyway, by the way).

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      I’ll bet those “frozen pond” interviews are getting harder to do since more and more players grew up in cities and warmer states.

  4. ipaintrinks - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    you didn’t give an estimate on beers sold. we like to party.

  5. suckit619 - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:17 PM


  6. parasolmonster - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    14th row in the end zone… my gut is telling me I won’t be able to see the action very well, if at all.

    But, plus side: fantastic weather!

  7. comeonnowguys - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    This year, temperatures to drop to the teens, they warm up to them.

  8. timmons94 - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Only 12k hot dogs? Chicago dogs are the best… Can’t wait. Should be a great game. Have to give edge to Chicago

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