Change in plans: NHL pushes back Winter Classic to 3 p.m. due to weather

    The National Hockey League has changed the start time of today’s Winter Classic to 3 p.m., delaying the dropping of the puck by two hours due to the weather.

    With temperatures in the 50’s on New Years Day, it might come as no surprise to some fans that slightly colder temperatures make for better ice conditions.

    The NHL says the decision was based on today’s weather forecast, with the change in time offering optimal game conditions for both players and fans.

    The two hour difference means the sports complex parking lots now open at 9 a.m. Spectator Plaza is scheduled to operate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gates to Citizens Bank Park will now open at 1 p.m.

    Today’s nationally televised game between the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers airs on NBC.

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