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Mayor Menino, Sun Life Financial and National Hockey League partner to sponsor free public skating during Sun Life Frozen Fenway

Thousands of Boston kids and families to skate at Fenway as part of City's Inaugural celebrations

Monday, 12.14.2009 / 10:56 AM / 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic
Mayor Thomas M. Menino, in partnership with Sun Life Financial, the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Boston Bruins, announced today that thousands of children and families in the City of Boston will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to skate on the ice at Fenway Park. The announcement was made by Bruins legend Ray Bourque on behalf of Mayor Menino, who was unable to attend this afternoon’s press conference. City of Boston residents will be able to skate for free at Fenway on Sunday, January 3 and Sunday, January 10 as part of the City's Inaugural celebrations. In collaboration with Sun Life Financial, the City of Boston will give away over 3,000 tickets to the free skate days at various locations throughout the City on Saturday, December 19, from 9-11 a.m.

The free public skating comes just days after the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic matchup between the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers, which will be played on New Year's Day.

"The Bruins' continued success has revived Boston's hockey heart, and skating on the rink at historic Fenway Park is going to be a fantastic way for thousands of kids and families to ring in the New Year," Mayor Menino said. "I'm proud that the City has been able to partner with the NHL and Sun Life Financial to bring this one-of-a-kind spectacle to Boston. There's no better city than ours to host the NHL Winter Classic and Sun Life Frozen Fenway, and I encourage residents to take full advantage of all the free and fun festivities surrounding the events."

On January 3 and January 10, Boston residents will be able to enjoy skating on the ice rink at Fenway Park throughout the afternoon and evening. Guests will need to provide their own ice skates for these events, as skate rentals will not be available at Fenway.

In an effort to provide children and families from every neighborhood the opportunity to enjoy these exciting events, tickets will be distributed at various locations throughout the City on Saturday, December 19. Each ticket distribution location will give away tickets on a first-come, first-served basis, with a maximum of four tickets per family. Tickets will indicate the date and time that guests will be allowed to skate. As this is an event for City of Boston residents, proof of residency will be required to secure tickets. Minors will need to have either proof of residency or a parent or guardian present that can provide proof of residency in order to get tickets. In the event that there are extra tickets, the City will create a waiting list to distribute the remaining tickets.

"As a local company, Sun Life Financial is committed to the greater Boston community," said Wes Thompson, President, Sun Life Financial U.S. "We're happy to be supporting the City of Boston and Mayor Thomas M. Menino's public skating events as part of Sun Life Frozen Fenway."

Tickets for the January 3 and January 10 free skates will only be distributed at the following locations on December 19 between 9-11 a.m.:

Location Address
Boston Public Library - Copley Square Main Branch 700 Boylston Street, Copley Square
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center/Quincy School* 885 Washington Street, Chinatown
Blackstone Community Center 50 West Brookline Street, South End
Charlestown Community Center 255 Medford Street, Charlestown
Harborside Community Center 312 Border St., East Boston
Jackson/Mann Community Center 40 Armington Street, Allston
Nazarro Community Center 30 N. Bennet Street, North End
Maurice J. Tobin Community Center 1481 Tremont Street, Roxbury
Vine Street Community Center 339 Dudley Street, Roxbury
Hyde Park Community Center 1179 River Street, Hyde Park
Curley Community Center 1663 Columbia Road, South Boston
Mildred Avenue Community Center 1-5 Mildred Avenue, Mattapan
Leahy-Holloran Community Center 1 Worrell Street, Dorchester
Curtis Hall Community Center 20 South Street, Jamaica Plain
Roslindale Community Center 6 Cummings Highway, Roslindale
Roche Family Community Center 1716 Centre Street, West Roxbury


*Please note that ticket distribution at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center will take place between 12-2 p.m. rather than 9-11 a.m. due to the center’s hours of operation.
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