December 14, 2009

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

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 as part of the City’s Inaugural celebrations, which will take place the following day.  In collaboration with Sun Life Financial, the City of Boston will give away over 3,000 tickets to the free skate day 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, 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 this event, as skate rentals will not be available at Fenway.

In an effort to provide children and families from every neighborhood the opportunity to enjoy this exciting event, tickets will be distributed at various locations throughout the City on Saturday, December 19.  Each ticket distribution location will have 200 tickets to give away on a first-come, first-served basis, with a maximum of four tickets per family.  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 certain locations have 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 free skate will only be distributed at the following locations on December 19 between 9-11 a.m.:



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

Paris Street Community Center

112 Paris Street, East Boston

Jackson/Mann Community Center

500 Cambridge 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.

Young people from the City of Boston will have another opportunity to skate for free at Fenway Park on Sunday, January 10, as Mayor Menino and Sun Life Financial have also arranged for a number of community youth service organizations and local youth hockey programs from around the city to use the rink on this day.

For more information contact:
David Jacobson, 781-446-1955