Winter Classic Photos: Fans Celebrate Hockey In, Around Citizens Bank Park

PHILADELPHIA -- Parking lots around Citizens Bank Park were opened to the public at 9 a.m. Monday morning, but the Sports Complex in town was teeming with activity long before then.

Fans snuck their way in and began tailgating for the 2012 Winter Classic as early as 7 a.m., and by 12 p.m., Spectator Plaza on 11th Street outside the ballpark was a mob scene. We were part of that mob, and we took a bunch of neat pictures. You can see them below.

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For more on this year's Winter Classic, head over to SB Nation's Rangers blog Blueshirt Banter and Flyers blog Broad Street Hockey. For everything Winter Classic in the build-up to the game, head over to our NHL Winter Classic StoryStream.

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