BOSTON - It's hard to believe that in 29 days, the Flyers will be skating in Boston's venerable Fenway Park at the 2010 NHL Winter Classic against the Bruins on New Year's Day.

Although the physical on-ice setup has not begun, preparations are well under way at one of baseball's most iconic venues. Flyers executives met with representatives from the Bruins, Red Sox and the NHL on Tuesday at Fenway to discuss event particulars.

Part of the show is coming to Philly.

NHL ice guru Dan Craig, the league's facilities operations manager, will swing by the Wachovia Center on Saturday - before the Flyers face off with Washington - with the NHL's 53-foot mobile icemaking machine in tow. Fans can receive a Winter Classic foam puck with the donation of an unwrapped toy for Toys for CAPE (Child Abuse Prevention Effort).

After the event, Craig will continue on his way to Boston to begin preparations.

Once his gear is fully unpacked on Dec. 10, Craig will have 8 days to get the ice surface ready. The Red Sox and the city of Boston have public and private skating events planned beginning Dec. 18. The ice surface was being rented to Red Sox sponsors for $7,000-$10,000 per hour.

The Red Sox requested that Craig build the rink 2 to 3 inches above field level to create an air pocket and avoid a frost being pushed into the ground.

"We're very conscious of what not only is happening there in December, but also in March [for baseball]," Craig recently told

Once things are settled in Beantown, he plans to leave on Dec. 20 and return on Dec. 26. He worked through Christmas and Christmas Eve in Buffalo 2 years ago and swore to never do it again. Now, when he is gone, he can monitor his work from afar with wireless sensors planted in the ice that send data to his handheld device.

Fenway facts

Five inner-city players, ranging from 7-9 years old and representing the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, will play a pickup game against their counterparts from Boston on a "pond" in centerfield during the Winter Classic. Their scrimmage - which will take place during the pregame, intermission and timeouts - will serve as the backdrop to NBC's national telecast . . . The visiting team has won all three modern NHL outdoor games played.