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Things to do, stuff to know for the 2020 NHL All Star Game

Need a schedule of events or help getting through the hot mess that is downtown this weekend? We got you covered.

Philadelphia Flyers v St Louis Blues Photo by Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images

It’s going to be a chilly weekend, and on Thursday (and maybe into Friday morning), there will be some nasty precipitation issues to clog up downtown. Do you need help wading through the traffic issues, rideshare dropoffs, and what to do this weekend?

While the Winter Classic was a big event weekend, it doesn’t hold a candle to orchestrating an All-Star Game. Thankfully the Blues sent us a helpful list or two to help you plan your weekend to make it as pleasant as possible. If you don’t have a hotel room booked for downtown, this’ll help you navigate the mess.

There are quite a few other ancillary events happening around the All-Star Weekend events. On Saturday, from 12-3 at Ballpark Village, you can watch NHL stars take on fans at the Chel Gaming Challenge. No word yet on if they’ll be yelling obscenities at each other through tiny headsets to keep it authentic or not.

The Black Hockey History tour truck will be parked around town, so if you were planning on attending that, don’t assume that it’s downtown. Check out its schedule here.

The NHL Fan Fair at Union Station begins Wednesday and runs through Sunday afternoon, but tickets are currently sold out. These are the hours for the fair:

  • Thursday, Jan. 23 3 – 10 p.m. CT
  • Friday, Jan. 24 3 – 10 p.m. CT
  • Saturday, Jan. 25 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. CT
  • Sunday, Jan. 26 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. CT

At the fair and throughout the weekend will also be the NHL Mascot Showdown. Come cheer Louie on.

The main schedule of events is as follows:

Schedule of Events

Friday, January 25:

  • 2:30p – 2020 Enterprise NHL All-Star Friday Night gates open
  • 3:30p – All-Star Red Carpet
  • 4:45p – O.A.R. Concert
  • 5:00p – Enterprise Center Doors Open
  • 7:00p – 2020 NHL All-Star Skills presented by New Amsterdam Vodka

Saturday, January 26:

  • 9:00a – NHL All-Star 5k presented by Ashley HomeStore
  • 3:00p – NHL All-Star Pre-Game Performance Gates Open
  • 5:00p – NHL All-Star Pre-Game Performance by Green Day
  • 5:00p – Enterprise Center Doors Open
  • 7:00p – 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game

LEAVE YOUR HOUSE EARLY. Here are the major lane/road closures for this weekend:

Beginning Thursday, January 23 until at least Sunday, January 26, 2020:

  • Market Eastbound Curb lane CLOSED between 16th and 14th

Street Closures:

Street Closures will be in effect beginning at 12:00am on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 until 2:00pm on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020.

  • 14th Street between Clark and Chestnut St.
  • Market St. from 16th St. to 13th St.
  • 15th St. between Market St. and Chestnut St.
  • Chestnut St. between 15th St. and 14th St.

* Please note Market Street from 14th – 16th Street will be closed on Friday and Saturday, from 7:30pm – 11:00pm both nights.

Honest to God, just take Metrolink or do a ride-share app or taxi, especially if you’re planning on enjoying yourself. Ride-share and taxi drop-off/pickup locations are as follows:

Ride Share (Lyft, Uber) drop-off/pick-up:

  • Going to Enterprise Center: West curb of Tucker, south of Clark, east side of Old Police HQ
  • Going to Union Station: West curb of 18th Street, North of Clark.

Taxi drop-off/pick-up:

  • West curb of 14th Street between Spruce and the E/B I-64 exit at 14th Street.

The NHL will be doing the perfunctory security checks. If you can’t b

ring something to a game, don’t bring it to anything this weekend. Stick with clear bags or, if you can, just a wallet in your front pocket. If you need to, for the outdoor events, you can bring an umbrella, but please don’t be a jackass and bring some giant golf one. It looks like non-clear bags are ok for the Fan-Fair, but if you don’t have to schlep anything around with you, don’t.

Keep an eye on the weather, grab a good winter coat, and enjoy the weekend!