Thats what Philadelphia Flyers officials told the Philadelphia Daily News about the scheduled Sept. 25 preseason matchup between the Flyers and Islanders at Wells Fargo Center. Massive road closures, due to Pope Frances' planned visit to the City of Brotherly Love on Sept. 26 and 27, could affect fans trying to leave the exhibition contest. Nearby Temple University will close its campus on Sept. 25 due to the papal visit the following two days
More details on the road closures from the Daily News:
According to Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards, starting at 10 p.m. (minutes after the game is due to end), all of the Vine Street Expressway and parts of I-76 and Route 1 will be closed. The Benjamin Franklin Bridge also will shut down to vehicular traffic at the same time, though PATCO trains are still set to run Friday night, possibly with an adjusted schedule.
While this is more of a problem for fans of the Flyers than the Islanders, it will make leaving the Wells Fargo Center a bit more hectic for any Isles' fans that make the trip to Philly or live in the area. It could also make the trek back to New York tougher for the Islanders, who don't necessarily leave right after the game is over and could get caught in the traffic congestion that will result from the road closures.
The preseason game against the Flyers is a split squad game, with half of the team in Philly and the other half in New Jersey taking on the New Jersey Devils. It is one of eight games on the Isles' preseason calendar.