MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – The two teams atop the NHL Central Division standings will face off at Target Field on Saturday night for this year’s NHL Winter Classic. But they’re not just competing against each other, the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues have gone head-to-head with Mother Nature as well.
On a night with subzero temperatures, the weather was a game-changer for players and fans alike.
Saturday’s Winter Classic may be the coldest outdoor game in NHL history, but Minneapolis fans were ready for the game. Before the big night at Target Field, many of them performed during the day at a fan fest inside and outside the Target Center.
“I’m sure there’s going to be hot chocolate and stuff like that, some adult drinks to put on the beer jacket, so you’ll be fine,” Blues fan Bob Heller said.
The game had been in the works for a year, having been postponed a year ago due to the pandemic.
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Classic Winter Fan Fest (FOX 9)
Many Blues fans in town have driven eight hours or flown into town, with some facing flight cancellations. They were determined to succeed, even with a determined anticipation to send them home running.
“I have to be honest, I wasn’t excited when I heard what the temperatures were going to be like,” Blues fan Ron Baechle said. “But it’s all about the experience, the fun, the camaraderie and the greatness of the game.”
It’s so cold in Minnesota this weekend that even the ice on which players skate will need to be heated in order to maintain optimum surface area.
During the match, blankets will be allowed inside the stadium and hand warmers will be provided for fans.
“[Itâll be] a little chilly, but that’s what the winter classic is, “Blues fan Jeff Lahay said.” It’s not a summer classic, it’s a winter classic. “