2012 Winter Classic comes to Philly

At long last, the 2012 show.

Ending months of speculation, the Philadelphia Flyers confirmed that the 2012 Winter Classic will take place in Philadelphia, at Citizens Bank Park, between the New York Rangers and the Flyers.

The news was broken in a letter to season-ticket holders, according to Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly.com. The story on the website also confirmed that tickets to the game will not be part of ticket packages, and must be purchased separately.

But the new twist is that the game is scheduled for January 2, breaking the brief four-year tradition of the league’s premiere outdoor contest being played on New Year’s Day.

The reason for the one-day bump is primarily that the Eagles will finish their regular-season schedule on that day, the final Sunday of the NFL year, at home against the Washington Redskins. A smaller consideration is that the annual Mummers’ parade happens weather permitting every January 1, and the combination of all three events will certainly cause a logistical nightmare.

This will be the Broadway Blueshirts’ first foray into the national spotlight, while the Orange and Black had previously participated in the 2010 edition at Fenway Park against the Bruins.