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
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.