Thursday, April 12, 2012

Stanley Cup Fountain, the National Hockey League Trophy Replica in Times Square

Coinciding with the start of the NHL postseason on Apr. 11, the NHL and NBC Sports Group installed a massive 21-foot-high, 6,600-pound Stanley Cup replica in Times Square. The replica doubles as a working water fountain, and visitors are able to drink from it. This promotional stunt takes inspiration from the hockey tradition of drinking from the Stanley cup, the trophy that's passed each year to the squad that wins the National Hockey League title. The Cup has a small bowl on top. After the Cup is presented to the winning team, they fill that bowl with champagne and pass it around so that all the players can celebrate their win with a "drink from the Cup."

The Stanley Cup Fountain features 12 industrial fountain pop jets in the upper bowl, shooting water six feet above the Cup. Visitors can drink NYC Water from specific spouts at the base of the fountain with reusable souvenir cups from NBC Sports/NHL and NYC Water. The fountain is accessible to the public from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, when it will be disassembled.

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