Winter Classic: NHL builds quarter inch of ice over holiday weekend

    The National Hockey League says it has added a quarter inch of ice over the holiday weekend to the rink recently constructed on the field of Citizens Bank Park.

    The Philadelphia Phillies’ home has become the home of this year’s Winter Classic between the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers.

    According to a report on the NHL website, the league’s Senior Director of Operations, Dan Craig, and his crew stayed in Philadelphia over the weekend to manage the ice. The quarter inch addition puts the crew to nearly 50 percent of their target depth they must reach before they can begin to paint lines.

    The NHL report says rain could create issues that would require extra work. Philadelphia was set to get heavy rain this evening, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch for area counties.

    The crew working on the Winter Classic ice hopes to have it ready by noon Friday, with the game set to be played Monday.

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