This is simply amazing.
"The Mexican Ice Hockey Federation will start the 2011 IIHF World Championship Division III with a bang. It will host the opening game, Mexico vs. Bulgaria, on Mexico City’s main square and expect no less than 50,000 people to the outdoor game. What seems like an unusual idea will become reality on 9th January.
"Mexico City might not be the most usual place to play outdoors. At this time of year the temperature is expected to go up to 23°C during the day and 9°C at night. But that’s exactly what currently happens on the Plaza de la Constitución, also known as Zócalo, which measures 240 by 240 metres, one of the biggest squares in the world.
"The Zócalo is the heart of the city, both of the modern city and during the Aztec times as remainders of a former temple show. It is the place of festivities, celebration, concerts and parades. And now, it is a place for ice hockey."
Quotes taken from the IIHF article by Martin Merk.
The game is being broadcast live on TV across Latin America (from Mexico to Argentina), and the start time is 8:30 PM local time, which is Central Standard Time in USA/Canada, on Sunday January 9th. I will have coverage of the Div. 3 U20s, and now seriously wish I had booked a vacation to go there.