Fans enjoy tailgating before first U.S. outdoor NHL game
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Pigskins and now pucks. Rain, shine or snow. If there's a game at Ralph Wilson Stadium, you can count on Ken Johnson holding a cookout on the hood of his 1980 red Pinto wagon out in the parking lot.
"I've got burgers, that's Philly cheesesteak, and I've got
chicken wings boiling in the army helmet," Johnson said Tuesday
morning, proudly showing off his tailgating area in Lot 1 near Pole
5 prior to the Pittsburgh Penguins' 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres
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THE WINTER CLASSIC
The NHL hosted the first regular-season outdoor game in the United States on Jan. 1, 2008 as the Penguins and Sabres squared off at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, N.Y.
GAME DAY• Recap: Crosby's SO winner caps magic day
• Burnside: This should not be regular NHL event
• Burnside: Grading the Winter Classic
• ZOOM: Photos from Ralph Wilson Stadium
• In-game blog
• Outdoor game brings out tailgaters
• Winter Classic highlights
NEWS• Winter Classic draws big TV numbers
• Slight rule changes for outdoor game
ANALYSIS• Burnside: Players embrace outdoors atmosphere
• Faceoff: Gimmick or celebration of heritage?
• Burnside: The man behind the outdoor magic
• Burnside: This time, more at risk for NHL
WATCH• Hradek: A preview of The Winter Classic
• Melrose: Why Winter Classic is a good thing