Hershey Bears to Host Outdoor Classic in 2018

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The Hershey Bears hockey team announced this evening that the organization will host the 2018 Outdoor Classic at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, January 20. 

The announcement was made in a pre-game ceremony by Bryan Helmer, Vice President of Hockey Operations, prior to puck drop of tonight’s contest versus Toronto at Giant Center.

The Outdoor Classic will be the highlight event of the team’s 80th anniversary season in 2017-18. The Bears will face off against in-state rival, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

“We are so proud not only to celebrate our 80th anniversary, but to honor the history of the Bears with an Outdoor Classic game,” said Bryan Helmer, VP of Hockey Operations. “This is a historic event that we are thrilled to offer the best fans in the American Hockey League.”

Hershey Bears season ticket holders will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to the 2018 Outdoor Classic with a pre-sale date to be announced. Information on a public on-sale date for ticket purchases for the 2018 Outdoor Classic will be announced at a later date.

2013-outdoor-classicThe 2018 Outdoor Classic comes exactly five years after Hershey last hosted an outdoor game. On January 20, 2013, Hershey celebrated its’ 75th anniversary season by hosting the 2013 Capital BlueCross AHL Outdoor Classic at Hersheypark Stadium. In front of 17,311 fans, Hershey fell to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 2-1, in overtime.

This is the third outdoor game in which Hershey has participated, and the second time Hershey has battled the Phantoms outdoors. The Bears played the Adirondack Phantoms at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on January 6, 2012 in front of an AHL record 45,653 fans. The Bears fell in overtime in that contest, 4-3.

AHL’s History of Outdoor Classics: Here.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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