Monday, May 06, 2013

It's Official! Kings Hockey Will be Played at Dodger Stadium in 2014

Back in April I had written about the likelihood that a hockey game would be played at Dodger Stadium next hockey season.  Well, it is now official.  The NHL has made an official announcement today.  Via a NHL press release:
The 2012 Stanley Cup® champion Los Angeles Kings will play host to the Anaheim Ducks in a regular-season NHL® game outdoors at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET, the National Hockey League announced today.

Part of the previously-announced 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™, a group of games planned for outdoor locations next season, the event will be the first outdoor regular-season NHL game played in the U.S. west of the Mississippi River, the southern-most outdoor NHL game ever and the first-ever in California.

“With their meeting in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, the Ducks and the Kings will write the next chapter in the exciting story of NHL hockey in Southern California,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “At a venue that represents so much glorious sports history, this match-up of Stanley Cup champions will raise our outdoor initiatives to bold new heights. We know the game will be a treat for our fans, and we thank the Ducks, the Kings, Coors Light, Dodger Stadium and the Los Angeles Dodgers for bringing it to life.”
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For a fan like myself who loves both Baseball and hockey, this is very exciting news.  Also, as a Kings season ticket holder, I'm hoping we get priority seating for the event.
“Dodger Stadium has been home to many unique and special moments over the past 51 years,” said Los Angeles Dodgers President Stan Kasten. “We'll add another first in 2014 when the Dodger Stadium infield turns to ice as we host our first National Hockey League game between the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks.”  
Kings President of Business Operations, Luc Robitaille had this to say:
“This is a credit to our fans and the amazing support they have shown to us and the NHL these past few years. This will be a sporting event like no other that has ever been seen in Southern California and we are proud to be a part of it.”
For those wondering about whether an outdoor game in Southern California is even possible, keep in mind that the Kings played an exhibition hockey game in Las Vegas in 1991 in the summer heat, and the rink held up fine.

Below is a video of the announcement from the NHL.

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Below is my sophomoric representation of what the field might look like with a rink in it.

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