Fan Guide To The 2016 Winter Classic At Gillette Stadium

December 29, 2015 3:00 PM

Gillette Stadium, home of the 2016 Winter Classic. (WBZ-TV)

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(WBZ-TV)

The Boston Bruins are taking their rivalry with the Montreal Canadiens outdoors as the longtime rivals square off in the 2016 Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium.

About 68,000 fans will travel to Foxboro to see the NHL’s signature outdoor game, which has become a New Year’s Day tradition.

Heading to the game? Here’s what you need to know for your trip to Gillette Stadium.

(Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

(Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The Matchup The Bruins and Canadiens each find themselves in the middle of the playoff race, so the game holds more meaning than just the national attention.

Puck is scheduled to drop around 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 1.

Fans will be allowed to enter the stadium beginning at 11 a.m.

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Parking and Tailgating Unlike when the Bruins last played in the Winter Classic in 2010 at Fenway Park, there will be ample space for tailgating this time around.

Map: Winter Classic Parking Information

Tailgating in the general lots begins when they open at 9 a.m.

Parking costs $50 per car and $200 for buses, RVs and stretch limousines.

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bag Policy and Prohibited Items As is the case during New England Patriots games at Gillette Stadium, a bag policy is in place for entry to the facility.

According to the Bruins website, only clear bags measuring 12”x12”x6” or less will be allowed. Women’s clutch-style bags may not exceed 7”x4”x2”.

Several items are prohibited from inside Gillette Stadium, including selfie sticks, video cameras, banners and alcoholic beverages.

For a complete list of prohibited items, visit the Bruins website.

The Bruins 2016 NHL Winter Classic jersey. (Image credit: Boston Bruins)

The Bruins 2016 NHL Winter Classic jersey. (Image credit: Boston Bruins)

Merchandise Looking for Winter Classic gear? You’re in luck as there will be plenty of options in and around the stadium on game day.

Officially licensed gear will be sold inside the Patriots ProShop, which can be found outside the Patriots Place entrance gate.

In addition, there will also be gear in a specially built Spectator Plaza near the Ubid.com Gate, along with multiple options inside the stadium concourses.

Terry O'Reilly will suit up for the Bruins alumni team to celebrate the Winter Classic. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Terry O’Reilly will suit up for the Bruins alumni team to celebrate the Winter Classic. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Other Winter Classic Events Located in Parking Lot 22, Spectator Plaza is the home of the official Fan Festival for the Winter Classic.

There’s no need for a ticket to visit Spectator Plaza. The area features interactive games and attractions, live music, and other activities.

Spectator Plaza will be open 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

The former greats of the Bruins and Canadiens rivalry will square off in a Winter Classic Alumni Game, which will take place at 3:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Gates open for that game, which requires a ticket, at 1:30 p.m.

In addition, Foxboro will host the first ever Outdoor Women’s Classic between the Boston Pride of the National Women’s Hockey League and Les Canadiennes of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. Puck drops at 2 p.m.

Winter Classic Coverage If you can’t attend or watch the Winter Classic, 98.5 The Sports Hub and CBSBostonsports.com will bring you all the action live, starting with pregame coverage at 12:30 p.m.

Felger & Mazz will also broadcast live from CBS Scene after the game.

The alumni game can also be heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub.