They spent Thursday assembling the tents where spectators can enjoy beverages and stay warm.
The man-made ice rinks are also ready to host the Pond Hockey action, says Lisa Texido, associate brand manager with Labatt Blue...
"We've had the tent company down here all morning getting those tents set. We've had Pace Rinks here doing additional ice preps, making sure the layers are setting the way we need them to," Texido says.
Labatt Blue announced a week ago Friday that it was partnering with Pace Rinks to construct the man-made rinks because even though it hasn't been cold enough to freeze the ice on the lake, it has been cold enough to ensure the ice would stay solid in man-made rinks.
City of Buffalo crews have also been helping out with getting the lots ready, Texido says. As for the expected snow, she says they're ready to deal with it.
"I'd say the good news about the timing of the system that we're going to get is that it is Friday, so by Saturday morning, we'll have dealt with it," Texido says.
She says the city is prepared for additional salting, and crews from Pace Rinks will take care of any snow clearing that's necessary.
Here's the schedule for the tournament on Saturday, February 9, 2013
7 a.m. Food tent opens
8 a.m.: Player check-in begins
8:30 a.m. Puck drops and tournament play begins! Stop down to interview players, tournament organizers and Labatt Blue staff.
8:30 a.m. Heated beer tent opens
10:30 a.m.: Signature Exhibition Game: Buffalo Fire Dept. vs. Buffalo Police Dept. on Spotlight Rink One
10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sabres Alumni Ric Seiling and Craig Munri on-site for player/fan interaction
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: WGR Radio live remote
11:30 a.m.: Police vs. Fire award presentation
1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.: Tournament Finals begin
2 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Dee-Jay
2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Winner presentations
7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Tournament Finals continue
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Winner presentations
*Game times and schedule of events subject to change