The 2018 installment of The Winter Classic will feature the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Rangers facing off on New Year’s Day at Citi Field in Queens.

If you were lucky enough to score tickets to this historic event, you will need to know what to expect when attending the game. Here is a full list of tips information provided by the current occupants, the New York Mets.

Current Timeline

9:00am – Parking Lots Open
11:00am – Doors Open
1:00pm – The Puck Drops

Getting to the Game

We encourage fans to get to the ballpark early. Doors open at 11 AM. This is such a cool and unique event you are not going to want to miss any of the action. There will be an interactive fan fest set up outside the building and you’ll want to take lot of pictures to share on your social media channels to show everyone you are at the game.

Mass Transit / Ride Sharing

The easiest way to get to Citi Field for the Winter Classic is to utilize mass transit. The 7 train stops at Mets/Willets Point. You can also jump on the LIRR to get to the game. Here are the East and Westbound schedules for that day.

You can also take Uber/Lyft or another app based ride share by getting picked up/dropped off on 126th Street.


Parking for this event is very limited but if you choose to drive to Citi Field for the Winter Classic our lots will open at 9 AM. Be aware you are not the only person coming to the game so please allot extra time to get here as there will be traffic.


Make getting into the ballpark a breeze by limiting the stuff you bring into the game. If you don’t have a small bag you can utilize one of our many “no bag” lines which should get you get into the ballpark quicker.

All bags are subject to search. But make sure you are not carrying any of these items as they are prohibited for this event:
• No outside food and beverage
• All metal cans
• Animals (excluding service animals)
• Bags and items larger than 16” x 16” x 8”
• Commercial grade audio
• Video or photographic equipment
• Drones
• Fireworks
• Glass bottles
• Hard-side coolers
• Illegal substances
• Noisemaking devices
• Weapons of any kind or items that could be considered weapons
• Alcoholic beverages