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Fan’s guide to the 2016 Winter Classic

The NHL began setting up the rink for the Winter Classic on Dec. 21.
The NHL began setting up the rink for the Winter Classic on Dec. 21.(Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff)

The NHL has released details of the game plan for the Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium, including the musicians and others who will perform or participate in the event.

Musicians from the Boston Pops will accompany Jordan Smith, winner of “The Voice” season 9, in performing the US national anthem before the 1 p.m. game.

The Montreal band Simple Plan will perform the Canadian national anthem and also play during the second intermission.

American Authors will play a pregame set, while Nate Ruess, lead singer of the group Fun, will be featured during the first intermission.

Pilots from Rhode Island’s Air National Guard will do a flyover in a C130-J airplane immediately after the national anthems. Greater Boston Junior Bruins youth hockey players will be flag-bearers.

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A few other details about the Winter Classic:

■  Game time is 1 p.m. on Jan. 1. Tickets are sold out. It will be televised on NBC.

■  The MBTA will have two trains to Gillette Stadium on Jan. 1, one from South Station in Boston (10:15 a.m.) and one from T.F. Green Airport in Providence (10 a.m.) The return trains depart 30 minutes after the game. Tickets are $15. Details and ticket sales available at the MBTA website.

■  The NHL has set up a live webcam of Gillette Stadium as it is prepared for the game. Check it out here.

■  The bag policy for the Winter Classic is the same as for NFL games at Gillette Stadium – only clear plastic bags less than 12 inches x 12 inches x 6 inches or women’s clutch bags less than 7x4x2 will be permitted.

■  A fan plaza will be set up outside the stadium and will include music by the cover band The Zoo on both Dec. 31 (11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) and Jan. 1. (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). There will also be giveaways and other promotions. Full details here.

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■  The Winter Classic Alumni Game will be held Dec. 31 at 3:30 p.m., featuring Bruins and Canadiens alumni. Don Cherry and Mike Milbury will coach the Boston team, while Yvan Cournoyer, Jacques Demers, and Guy Lafleur will coach the Canadiens.

The full rosters are on the NHL’s website.


Follow Matt Pepin on Twitter at @mattpep15.