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A press release today gives official details on the SPECTATOR PLAZA PRESENTED BY GEICO that is going to be set up at the Fairgrounds on Half Street during the hours leading up to the NHL Winter Classic® at Nats Park on Thursday, Jan. 1.
From 9 am until 1 pm, the Fairgrounds "will transform into a hockey and entertainment festival" with "live musical performances, interactive hockey-themed attractions, prizes and giveaways, food and beverages and retail tents with an extensive selection of of officially licensed 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® merchandise and collectibles."
The event's sponsors are definitely pulling out all stops for the Fairgrounds offerings. I started to include the highlights, but I got worn out at the length and breadth--so read the press release to find out what is being offered by Bridgestone, GEICO, Reebok-CCM, Oscar Mayer, Honda, Enterprise, McDonald's, Miller-Coors, York Heating and Air Conditioning, Ticketmaster, AMP, and various other NHL-related offerings.
It's all free and open to the public. And then there's the game itself, between the Caps and the Blackhawks, at 1 pm.
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Jaybird says: (12/17/14 7:31 AM)
JD,

Once development takes over the block, do you think there will be an area near the park where fans can get together like they do at the fairgrounds?

Jay


JD says: (12/17/14 8:47 AM)
There's no official plan, but if I had to guess, maybe the west end of Florida Rock could have a similar site, at least until it's own development.


JES says: (12/17/14 11:21 AM)
I would advocate for just closing half street to traffic between the metro and stadium and N street between S Cap and 1st (like it is now, basically) and setting up beer carts.


JD says: (12/22/14 4:38 PM)
Took a while, but I did find the link that someone mentioned on Twitter for the 106.7 Rock the Riverfront Winter Classic stuff at Canal Park:

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106.7 The Fan will host Rock the Riverfront in Canal Park before, during, and after the game. There will be live music and broadcasting, craft beer from DC Brau, food, ice skating, former Capitals' players and more. Fans without tickets to the game can still rock the red and watch the game on multiple TV screens in Canal Park.

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