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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.