Heritage Classic Big Boon For Local Business

By Danielle Doiron, @dmdoiron

Business is booming – or at least it may be this October, when fans flood Investors Group Field.

The National Hockey League announced Sunday the 2016 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic is coming to Winnipeg on Oct. 23.

The game will feature with the Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers in outdoor regular season action.

This is the first time Winnipeg will play an outdoor game and the second time for Edmonton after the Oilers hosted the first Heritage Classic in 2013.

The weekend will also include an alumni game on Oct.22, which will feature Wayne Gretzky as the Oilers’ captain and Dale Hawerchuk as the Jets’ counterpart.

Official ticket prices are not yet released, but tickets will be sold as packages of passes for both the legends and Heritage Classic games.

Jets owner Mark Chipman said this morning on a local radio station that $600 for a weekend package that would include both the alumni game and the Heritage Classic itself wouldn’t be far off from the final pricing.

Stay tuned for a look into how the large events like the Heritage Classic can affect businesses in Winnipeg for better or for worse.

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