What an amazing day to be a hockey fan.
Nearly 47,000 people packed themselves into Citizens Bank Park to take in the 2012 NHL Winter Classic between Atlantic Division Rivals, the visiting New York Rangers and the hosting Philadelphia Flyers.
Although the home team dropped the game 3-2 after having a 2-0 lead, it would have been hard to find a disappointed fan in the house as the event, with its intensity on the ice and perfect hockey atmosphere (not to mention a few flurries), lived up to the hype which has been building steadily since the summer. The hype reached its peak with HBO's 24/7 coverage of the two teams leading up to the outdoor game.
2012 marked the fifth annual NHL Winter Classic, and Citizens Bank Park proved itself to be the standard for all future Winter Classics. Read on for the five reasons Citizens Bank Park was the greatest Winter Classic venue to date.