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Empire State Building dons Flyers, Rangers colors

Posted on: December 28, 2011 2:58 pm
Edited on: December 28, 2011 6:23 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

The Empire State Building is getting a mini makeover for one night in the name of the Winter Classic.

If you are around Manhattan on Wednesday night, take a look to the sky. New York's most famous building will take on the colors of the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers just a couple of blocks from the world's most famous arena, Madison Square Garden.

Philadelphia will have a tinge of the Classic too.

Here's the description from the NHL.

NEW YORK -– As the countdown to the 2012
Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® continues, the New York City and
Philadelphia skylines will shine in celebration of the much-anticipated
outdoor match-up between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers on
Wednesday, December 28.

     The Empire State Building’s world-famous tower lights will shine in
Rangers and Flyers colors on Wednesday evening.  The east/west sides of the
building, with west facing Madison Square Garden, will be lit in the
Rangers’ Blue, Red and White, while its north/south sides, with south
facing the City of Philadelphia, will be lit in the Flyers’ Orange and
White.

     In Philadelphia, the PECO Main Office Building’s iconic Crown Lights,
which display scrolling text around the top of the 23rd and Market Street
building, also will celebrate the Rangers, Flyers and 2012 NHL Bridgestone
Winter Classic on Dec. 28 with scrolling text in recognition of the outdoor
match-up between the two storied teams.  The Crown Lights will also display
2012 NHL Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic text on Thursday, Dec. 29 and
Monday, Jan. 1.

Pretty cool and it's good exposure for hockey in New York City, literally a billboard high in the skyscrapers of Manhattan and Philadelphia. Now if the could just put the Winter Classic logo below it on the Empire State Building they'd really be on to something.

The timing is a slight bit odd. Might have made more sense to change the colors last Friday when the Flyers and Rangers played their tuneup down the street. But it does coincide with the third episode of HBO's 24/7: Road to the Winter Classic tonight.

Plus, far be it from hockey people to complain about any kind of attention.

More Winter Classic News Here

Photo: NHL.com

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Comments

Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 2:16 pm
 

Empire State Building dons Flyers, Rangers colors

Actually I myself am not upset, I am a Flyers fan. Why would I be upset?
Furthermore, the Empire State is New York.
Now a lesson, William Penn actually *coaxed* the queen into moving what would become the Mason-Dixon line further south, thereby making Maryland smaller. He actually had devised a plan that would have pushed the line so far south that Maryland would have been bisected because Hancock and that part of the Potomac would have been in PA. Lord Baltimore created such a furor that that plan was averted. William Penn also created the only completely round border in the world with Delaware radiating from New Castle.
Regarding New Jersey, General George Washington was extremely critical of how New Jersey rolled over for the British before he crossed the Delaware and took over Philadelphia before camping in my home Montgomery County.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2011 12:00 pm
 

Empire State Building dons Flyers, Rangers colors

The New York Rangers and Ed Snider are money. I would be pissed about the Empire State Building having Flyers colors, it's called the ----ing Empire State Building for the state of New York.

whoever posted that remember there would not be a free NYC or Empire State Building without Philadelphia. There would not be a United States without Philadelphia. We would be honoring the Queen of England without Philadelphia. Philadlephia was the old capital of the colonial era where all its leaders fought, planned, and died for the freedom of the colonies during the revolution. So thank you NYC for honoring both cities for the Winter Classic...



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2011 11:55 am
 

Empire State Building dons Flyers, Rangers colors

I think that is pretty cool of NYC honoring both teams. Kudos to you NY!



Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2011 11:19 am
 

Empire State Building dons Flyers, Rangers colors

Isn't that special. If it happen in anyplace but New York, it would be "WHO CARES". Since it is New York, WOW, AWESOME, ONE OF A KIND!!!!!

Too bad it's going to be Winter Slushy Classic... 



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2011 8:35 am
 

Empire State Building dons Flyers, Rangers colors

I'm surprised this would upset people. I think it's cool they're celebrating the Winter Classic and you can't really celebrate the Winter Classic by only recognizing one of the teams involved, especially when that team's colors are red, white & blue which, as someone else pointed out, represent a lot of other things that people would think of long before thinking about the Winter Classic or the Rangers. Lighten up people.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2011 8:26 am
 

Empire State Building dons Flyers, Rangers colors

The New York Rangers and Ed Snider are money. I would be pissed about the Empire State Building having Flyers colors, it's called the ----ing Empire State Building for the state of New York.


ItsOnlyGame, no need to get that worked up. After all, it's only a game. Tongue out



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2011 2:18 am
 

Empire State Building dons Flyers, Rangers colors

will be lit in the Flyers’ Orange and White.
wth, damn NYers too damn cheap to buy some BLACK lights?  C'mon Cool



Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2011 7:44 pm
 

Empire State Building dons Flyers, Rangers colors

The Flyers colors do make it more apparent that its lit up specifically for the Winter Classic.  If they just used red and blue it would leave about 457,000 other possibilities of what they're acknowledging with the lights.... maybe they'll go all red/blue as the game approaches when everyone knows what it is for.



Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 6:33 pm
 

Empire State Building dons Flyers, Rangers colors

It's all about the dough re mi. In Canada it's all aboot the money, eh?
The New York Rangers and Ed Snider are money. I would be pissed about the Empire State Building having Flyers colors, it's called the ----ing Empire State Building for the state of New York. Hopefully you will now be finding cheesesteaks on every corner in New York soon. Next Classic, Philly soft pretzels and scrapple. And from my hometown, 100% Hatfield quality meats. Kids will be drinking Rosenberger's iced tea. Rangers will be scoring for a case of Tastykakes.



Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 5:02 pm
 

Empire State Building dons Flyers, Rangers colors

WHy would teh Empire State Building have PHILLY COLORS??? it doesn't make sense at all... i'm disappointed in my city... Unless it was sponsored by HBO?


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