Fans Soak in the Winter Classic

Whether they made the trip down by train from New York or by car from Philly, fans were out early to take in everything the 2012 NHL Winter Classic had to offer.

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The 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic brought fans of the Flyers and Rangers down to Citizens Bank "Ice" Park for some hockey action. Most fans bundled up but this guy only needed body paint and a hat.
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Get that guy a hot chocolate.
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These girls opted for layers and some great Flyers face paint.
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These guys opted for a less traditional interpretation of Orange and Black.
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These guys were amongst thousands of Rangers fans at the game. Many of them we asked said they took the train down to the game.
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Of course some Flyers fans also brought a Rangers fan along.
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Rangers fans seemed to make up anywhere from one-tenth to one-fifth of the crowd depending who you asked.
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The free Winter Classic Spectator Plaza outside Citizens Bank Park offered lots of fun for fans before the puck dropped.
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Some of the biggest draws (literally) were big jerseys for photo ops.
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And the put your face in the photo life-sized players from the Rangers...
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...and Flyers. Smile!
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One of the stranger sights at the fan fest was the Reebok "Zigloo."
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A fan takes a shot.
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Can't know the players without a program.
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Band The Zoo was split between Rangers and Flyers allegiances.
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And a random Hartford Whalers fan in the crowd.
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But the most popular colors on fans were Orange and Black both new and old.
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As Shane Victorino would later say for one day Phillies Red was turned in for Flyers Orange.
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Do you see the spots of Rangers Blue in the sea of Flyers Orange?
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There was however one guy draped in Lakers Purple.
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And a guy in Yankees and Giants garb.
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As the start of the game approached, fans started towards the gates.
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It does still look strange to see Mike Schmidt surrounded by hockey fans.
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Fans used the entrance as a great spot to snap a photo -- great spot that is until a Rangers fan photo bombs the shot.
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It looks like these little Flyers fans also got in front of another set of fans' photo.
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Fans lined up early to get inside CBP.
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The closer to game time, the longer the line it seemed.
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Welcome inside the Citizens Bank "Ice" Park.
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These tickets weren't easy to come by.
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But once inside they were worth every penny.
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These ladies were amongst the first Flyers fans into the ballpark - "Hartnell Down!"
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What a sight it was inside CBP.
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