Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Heart, along with Sir Mix-A-Lot, will be among the musical acts expected to perform at the NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day at T-Mobile Park in Seattle.
Heart, which was founded in Seattle in 1973, will perform during the first intermission, the NHL said Thursday. Sir Mix-A-Lot, another Seattle native who won a Grammy Award for his song “Baby Got Back” in 1992, will perform “one of his most popular songs” during the player introductions, according to the NHL.
The NHL also revealed its plans for T-Mobile Park, home of the Seattle Mariners, when the defending Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights take on the Seattle Kraken there.
Both the Golden Knights and Kraken will run paths from their dugouts that are designed to look like a wooden deck surrounding the rink all the way to the seats.
Oceanic topographic maps depicting different parts of Puget Sound will be a prominent part of the display. In addition to those maps, the field design will also contain snow and ice patterns with exposed areas of water shown. The design will also include a skating rink and additional boats, one of which will be a shipwreck that was cut in half by the tentacles of the legendary Kraken.
The batter’s eye in center field has also been replaced with the bright red eye of the Kraken logo.
In addition to Heart and Sir Mix-A-Lot, the NHL also draws from the city’s sports history.
The second intermission will feature a “A Tribute to Seattle Sports” montage that will feature Seattle icons like Mariners duo Jay Buhner and Edgar Martinez, among others. Former Seattle SuperSonics player and coach Lenny Wilkins is expected to be in attendance along with Seattle Seahawks duo Matt Hasselbeck and Marshawn Lynch, as Lynch becomes a minority owner of the Kraken during the club’s inaugural season in 2021-22.
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