Monday, November 2, 2009

You gotta pay to play

The NHL will move its Winter Classic hardware into Fenway Park Dec. 10 and will have its pristine sheet ready for skating by Dec. 18, two weeks before the Bruins take on the Flyers in the celebrated Jan. 1 game, with the old ballpark's left-field wall acting as backdrop and 35,000-plus fans eating and drinking up every minute of it. Part of the celebration has the Red Sox and Bruins poised to rent out the sheet for corporate events and pickup hockey games, just like your local rink. However, it all comes with one significant, expensive twist. That one-hour ice rental at a local rink in and around Boston typically would cost upward of $300. At Fenway, the going rate will be $7,500 or $10,000 for each one-hour session.

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