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Hockey fans travel far for NHL Stadium Series

Posted: 7:24 PM, Feb 26, 2016
Updated: 2016-02-27 02:24:40Z

Coors Field was transformed into an outdoor hockey rink and fans traveled far to cheer on their favorite team. The rivalry between the Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings is still alive and well.

“It’s intense, everybody hates each other, we hate them they hate us we’re going to kill them," said Quinn Mulligan, an Avalanche fan who was in town from Canada.

Hockey greats faced off on the ice Friday night for an alumni matchup between former Avalanche and Wings players.

“You know we were in college in the 90's when this was all taking place and the rivalry was at it’s peak; it was just amazing hockey and we’re all looking to hopefully get a little glimpse of that," said Matt Skinsky, a Red Wings fan who traveled from Michigan to see the game.

Officials with the Denver Sports Commission are excited about showing off the Mile High City to all the visitors.

“This is the first time for this event so it’s really hard to say what exactly our impact is going to be but I think if you walked in to any of the restaurants around in this area I think they’ll tell you that quite a bit of uptick is going on this weekend," said Matthew Payne with the Denver Sports Commission.

Spectator Plaza will be open to fans before Saturday's game from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. It gives fans a chance to enjoy the party atmosphere before the game. The event is free and open to the public, located across from Coors Field on Blake Street.

Here's a look at the number behind the NHL Stadium Series:

  • 243 Number of ice pans under the main rink at Coors Field, each measuring 30” x 340” in size.
  • 300 Ton capacity of refrigeration trailer that will keep the ice cool at Coors Field
  • 350 Gallons of paint used to make the Coors Field ice white.
  • 3,500 Gallons of coolant used to freeze the Coors Field rink.

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