The fifth annual Winter Classic will take place on Monday, Jan. 2 from Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Penn. The Philadelphia Flyers, appearing in their second outdoor game, will take on the New York Rangers, who are in the Winter Classic for the first time.
So far, the game has been a big hit with fans, teams and the NHL as a whole. It is one of the top draws on TV in a football-crazed America, and the league makes bank when fans eat up merchandise from the game.
While this is a positive thing, does the Winter Classic face a risk of being overdone and turning fans off rather than drawing them in?
Here is a look at some of the key aspects of the NHL's premiere event and how each contributes to the interest in the Winter Classic. At the end of the article, I'll deliver my final opinion and how the NHL can keep this an exciting time of the season.