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Game time set for World Juniors outdoor hockey game Dec. 29 at New Era Field

The time has been set for the one-of-a-kind event coming to Western New York this winter.

The first outdoor game in the history of the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship will take place between the United States and Canada at New Era Field at 3 p.m. on Dec. 29.

The start time was announced Tuesday afternoon.

New Era Field was also the site of the first of the NHL's Winter Classic games when the Buffalo Sabres played the Pittsburgh Penguins on New Year's Day 2008.

The outdoor game will be the first meeting between the U.S. and Canada since the gold medal final of the 2017 World Junior Hockey Championship in Montreal, where the United States skated to a 5-4 shootout victory to claim the nation’s third gold medal.

According to a release from the IIHF and Pegula Sports Enterprises, individual tickets for the outdoor game will start between $45 and $110, and will follow the dynamic pricing model, "which will allow the price of tickets to be continually adjusted throughout the on sale period to accurately reflect demand."

USA Hockey members, Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres season ticket holders, and My One Buffalo members will be able to purchase tickets in a presale period on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22.

Individual tickets to the outdoor game will go on sale to the general public on Monday, Sept. 25, at 10 a.m.

Packages for all 31 games of the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship are still available, along with eight- and 12-game options.

Individual ticket sales for medal round games will be announced at a later date. For ticket information go to

USA to play Canada in World Juniors game at Bills' stadium

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