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Toronto Maple Leafs announce Centennial Classic pre-game party

Lots of stuff to do as you wait for the game, or if you want a chance to get into the game

The Toronto Maple Leafs will play the Detroit Red Wings outdoors at BMO Field Exhibition Stadium on New Years Day. The game starts at 3:00PM but the Maple Leafs and the NHL are kicking off the party a day early.

Outside the stadium, the parking lot of Exhibition Place becomes a hockey fans palace as of 9AM on December 31st. The NHL Centennial Fan Arena opens up and the Stanley Cup will be there for photo opportunities. Games include shooting challenges, human sized bubble hockey, ticket and swag giveaways and much more, until the alumni game begins at noon.

The day of the big game you can check out all of the above plus Wendel Clark will be there signing autographs, Tim Hortons will be giving away coffee, and tickets to the big game will be given away.

Finally, the Arkells will perform a pre-game concert at 1PM, before the 3PM game.

See below for the full schedule (things may change before the big day).

Saturday, December 31, 2016
9:00 a.m. –Noon
The PreGameOfficial Tailgate PartyOpen(Exhibition Stadium –Parking Lot 2)
NHL® Centennial Fan Arena Open
Stanley Cup®Appearance

Noon
2017 Rogers NHL Centennial Classic™ Alumni Game

Sunday, January 1, 2017
10:00 a.m. –3:00 p.m
The PreGameOfficial Tailgate Party Open (Exhibition Stadium –Parking Lot 2)
NHL® Centennial Fan Arena Open

11:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m
Stanley Cup®Appearance

11:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m
Wendel Clarkautograph session

1:00 p.m
The PreGame Concert presented by SiriusXM featuring Arkells

3:00 p.m.
2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic