Winter Classic Video Highlights
Winter Classic History
The new year typically brings with it the hope for new beginnings, countless choruses of Auld Lang Syne and, since 2008, the NHL Winter Classic Game. Played in a surrounding stadium venue in close proximity to the hosting team’s home ice, the New Year’s Day game has become one of the most prominent North American sporting events and has won the distinction of “Sports Event of the Year” by the SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily twice in its seven-year existence. Its conditioning outdoors has made for an atypical experience for attending fans, who welcome the cold weather climate as a change of pace from the usual indoor hockey played throughout the season.
The Winter Classic held its first annual game on January 1, 2008, with a game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres in Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. The game was attended by more than 71,000 people, garnering a significant amount of interest in the typical tundra of Buffalo in the winter months. 2014’s game between the Maple Leafs and Red Wings in Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan had the highest attendance in the game’s history, with 105,491 people in the stands to see the Maple Leafs take down the Red Wings 3-2 in a shootout match. It also garnered 8.2 million television viewers, the highest ratings among all past games.
The game also incorporates the wearing of “throwback” sweaters for participating teams, honoring teams of the past with retro jerseys when they hit the ice in January. It is typically the most watched regular season game of the season in the U.S. and consistently sees similar ratings to that of the Stanley Cup Final series. The Winter Classic has averaged 4.1 million television viewers each year since its first game in 2008 and will likely continue to see that number rise as its popularity soars with each passing season.
A few good reasons to buy Winter Classic tickets on TicketIQ.com
You can discover a number of incredible deals on Winter Classic tickets for its annual game with TicketIQ.
TicketIQ is a comprehensive source of information which allows you to choose your Winter Classic tickets for the best possible price through the industry’s most reputable ticket sellers.
We provide a list of the best tickets available for the Winter Classic each season. Simply choose the section you wish to sit in and the best purchasing method for you.
You can bid for your Winter Classic tickets through a number of different online auctions, with the tickets going to the highest bidder, or you can purchase them at a fixed price.
TicketIQ also enables you to make an offer with some of our ticketing partners based on our recommended discount to price list. If your offer is accepted, then the tickets are yours.
You can discover all of the available deals from every area in your chosen venue using our view zone statistics.
We also provide 3D seating previews which show you exactly where you are sitting and exactly what you are paying for.
You can save up to 50% on your Winter Classic tickets compared to the average market price if they feature the Gold IQ seal.