After weeks of preparing, the first puck hit the ice at Frozen Frontier. The game between the Amerks and Lake Erie Monsters is the first time ever the Amerks have played outdoors. The event kicks off a 10-day outdoor hockey festival.
There was snow and temperatures were in the teens all day, but that didn't stop more than 11,000 fans from coming out to watch the game and cheer on their favorite teams.
"I'm expecting to be very cold," said Rochester resident Jody Cravotta.
Fans came prepared wearing hats, gloves and even masks.
"I think you know you are always a little cold when you go to a hockey game. This is just taking it a little further, more of an extreme. Hockey on ice, let's just add a little snow, it's even better," said Rochester resident Matt Gregory.
The stadium did see some snow at the beginning of the game, and some fans say they wished it continued for the whole thing.
"I hope it keeps going because this is what makes outdoor hockey what it's all about."
Say Cheese assistant manager Andrea Cobb says even though this is not their normal season they are still serving the same menu, but because of the cold they are selling some items more than others.
"A lot of hot chocolate. A lot of Coffee," said Cobb.
Fans say an experience like this only comes along once in a lifetime.
"This is exciting for the fans. It's something different," said West Irondequoit resident Celeste Shade.
"I think its a unique opportunity to say you have done it. Its cold, we are all cold," said Henrietta resident Brigid Ryan.
It was standing room only for the game. Everyone we spoke to felt the same way: despite the cold, it was truly worth it.