NHL fan festival comes to Hamilton ahead of 2022 Heritage Classic at Tim Hortons Field

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Published March 9, 2022 at 11:15 am

NHL fan festival comes to Hamilton ahead of 2022 Heritage Classic at Tim Hortons Field
Fans will be able to take a photo with the Stanley Cup and more this weekend during the fan festival portion of the 2022 NHL Heritage Classic in Hamilton.

Fans will be able to take a photo with the Stanley Cup and more this weekend during the fan festival portion of the 2022 NHL Heritage Classic in Hamilton.

The National Hockey League announced Wednesday (Mar. 9) that fans with a ticket to the outdoor game at Tim Hortons Field between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres this Sunday will also have access to the Proline+ NHL PreGame festival that will run until the second intermission.

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An official media release from the NHL promised “dynamic activities” for “fans of all ages” outside of the home of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Forge FC.

The fan festival will feature attractions and giveaways in partnership with NHL sponsors, including:

  • Coffee and beer tents
  • Maple Leafs and Sabres alumni
  • Have your picture taken and superimposed on the ice at Tim Hortons Field
  • See some of the NHL’s most coveted trophies, including the Hart, Conn Smythe, Art Ross, and Stanley Cup.
  • Slapshot and accuracy shooting stations
  • Personalized Tim Hortons Upper Deck hockey card
  • Canadian Tire branded sunglasses or eye black stickers

Singer-songwriter Alessia Cara was announced Monday as the headline entertainment for Heritage Classic. The Grammy and Juno Award-winning artist from Brampton, Ontario was just one of the acts announced.

According to the NHL, additional entertainment performers and game day presentation details will be announced throughout the week.

Puck drop on Sunday is scheduled for just after 4 p.m. The game will air live on Sportsnet in Canada and TNT in the United States.

The Heritage Classic returns to the NHL regular season schedule after games in 2019 in Regina, 2016 in Winnipeg, 2014 in Vancouver, 2011 in Calgary, and 2003 in Edmonton.

This year’s matchup will mark the sixth Heritage Classic — a game with roots dating back to Nov. 22, 2003, when the Edmonton Oilers hosted the Montreal Canadiens in the first NHL regular-season outdoor games.

The Maple Leafs-Sabres matchup will be the 35th outdoor game for the NHL.

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