News Release
City Services

February 28, 2014

Officials Urge Fans To Be Prepared For Winter Weather At The 2014 COORS Light NHL Stadium Series™ Game In Soldier Field On Saturday

Attendees Cautioned To Plan for Weather Conditions; Blankets Permitted in Soldier Field

Schuyler Baehman - NHL    212.789.2097

OEMC Media Affairs    312.746.9454

The National Hockey League®, Chicago Blackhawks, Soldier Field and the City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications remind fans attending the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, March 1, to expect cold and snowy conditions this weekend and to plan accordingly.

Saturday’s weather forecast includes cold temperatures with the possibility of snow. Fans will be allowed to bring blankets into Soldier Field to help stay warm.

In addition, attendees are also encouraged to wear several warm layers of clothing and to be aware of the two warming centers inside the stadium for fans to warm-up during the event; those needing these centers are encouraged to look for signs in the stadium or ask security for locations.

Those driving to the game should allow sufficient time in getting to Soldier Field. Gates at Soldier Field open at 5 p.m. and parking lots open as early as 3 p.m. Spectator Plaza, the free official interactive Hockey and Entertainment Festival featuring live music, hockey-themed attractions and more will be open to the public on the Stadium Green outside Gate 6 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Fans are reminded of the following Soldier Field Stadium policies and security measures:

  • Only bags smaller than 16 x 16 x12 are permitted into the stadium; all bags will be searched at the gates.
  • There is a no re-entry policy at Soldier Field.
  • No outside food or beverage is allowed.
  • All fans, regardless of age, must have a valid ticket to be admitted to the stadium.
  • Media must have pre-registered and have a valid credential prior to being admitted to the stadium.
  • No tailgating will be permitted after the start of the game or post-game.
  • Alcoholic beverages, coolers, cans, bottles and other beverage containers, ice chests, strollers and weapons are among the items prohibited at Soldier Field. For a full list of prohibited items, visit:


All lots for the event are cash lots. 

Soldier Field parking lots open at 3 p.m. on game day and will close after the lots are cleared immediately following the game (no tailgating permitted post-game). Those driving to the game are encouraged to pre-purchase parking in advance to guarantee themselves parking at

McCormick Place Lots will be open as well beginning at 3 p.m. and will have shuttles transporting people to and from the lots.

Public Transportation

The Transportation Center, located northeast of the stadium (at the corner of McFetridge and Museum Campus Drive) is where the CTA, Metra Shuttle and PACE bus services will be available for drop-off and pick-up.

Soldier Field can be reached on the #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express buses. CTA Train Service is available from the Roosevelt Station between State and Wabash on the Red, Green and Orange Lines. From there, riders can transfer to the #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express buses or walk east on Roosevelt through the Museum Campus to Soldier Field. 

For more information for assistance with planning travel from the suburbs and throughout the region, visit

Taxi Cabs Drop Off and Pick Up

Pre-game drop-off locations: McFetridge Drive at Lake Shore Drive, Southbound LSD exit at 18th Street, Northbound LSD entrance ramp at 18th Street and Roosevelt Road at Michigan Avenue.

Post-game Taxi Shuttles: Free shuttles will be made available to take fans to two locations - Michigan Avenue and Roosevelt Road and Ogilvy Train Station - where they can either pick up a taxi or take the train home. Fans exiting the stadium on the North end can pick up a shuttle at McFetridge Drive and Museum Campus, and those exiting on the South end can pick up a shuttle at 18th Street and Michigan Avenue.

ADA Drop-Off and Pick-Up Areas

Fans with disabilities may be dropped off on the circle drive (east side of the stadium) on Museum Campus Drive outside Gate 14. An ADA accessibility placard or license plate must be visible to parkingenforcement personnel when re-entering for pick-up. After the start of the third period the campus will be closed to incoming traffic. Fans with disabilities can take the courtesy cart from the Gate 14 drop-off to their vehicle if parked in one of the adjacent parking lots.

Counterfeit Tickets & Merchandise

The 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ Chicago game is sold out. The NHL, the Blackhawks, Soldier Field and the City of Chicago are warning fans to watch out for counterfeit tickets if attempting to make a purchase from scalpers, and urged to be aware of the following:

  • No ticket (re)selling is permitted anywhere on Chicago Park District property.
  • All tickets are commemorative with official NHL marks –do not be fooled by generic stock tickets.Paper copies or "printable" versions will not be accepted.
  • Additionally, the City of Chicago reminds fans eager to attend Saturday's game that deals too good to be true often are - and that most times, reputable ticket providers are not going to arrange via the internet pick-up or delivery of tickets at off-site locations.

The NHL cautions that fans planning to attend the event could be targeted by counterfeiters attempting to sell unauthorized and poorly made knock-off merchandise.

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