MINNEAPOLIS - With outdoor sports, comes dealing with outdoor weather.
Prepping for the Hockey City Classic and 50,000 fans Friday night involves shoveling all the snow out of TCF Bank Stadium.
"Today we're focusing on the lower bowl," Says TCF Bank Stadium Director of Operations, Derek Hillestad. "By the end of the day today we'll have the lower bowl extracted and all the snow will be moved out of the stadium. And then [Thursday] we are going to let the blizzard hit and then Friday morning come back and take care of any of the residual snow that accumulates in the stairs and the aisles and get it underneath the seats and then have a nice safe day for hockey."
Here's how they do it:
They have giant slides that go from the top of the stands all the way down to the field. The workers shovel the snow onto the slide and send it all the way down. From there it's trucked offsite.
Tickets are still available for the game and range from 15 dollars to 250 dollars.
If you plan on coming, bundle up. When the puck drops, single digits above zero will feel more like single digits below.
If you're looking for a warm place to hang out before the men's game... Head inside Mariucci Arena. It will be open from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. with food and non-alcoholic drinks for sale. You'll also be able to watch the women's team on the videoboard as they take on Minnesota State.
Here's the day's schedule:
2:00 p.m. - Parking lots open (Tailgating allowed in East Bank surface lots only).
3:30 p.m. - Gates A & E & Benton County open
4:37 p.m. - Women's Hockey vs. Minnesota State
6:00 p.m. - All Gates open
8:10 p.m. - Men's Hockey vs. OSU
For tickets and all other information head to: https://www.mygophersports.com/online/HockeyCityClassic