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Report: NHL exploring outdoor game at Dodger Stadium

Mar 11, 2013, 1:28 PM EST

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Could an outdoor NHL game soon be played in sunny, warm Los Angeles? According to a report in the L.A. Times, the NHL is at least kicking the tires on the idea.

John Collins, the NHL’s chief operating officer and driving force behind the Winter Classic, and Don Renzulli, the league’s senior vice president of events, were in Los Angeles last week to talk with Kings executives about possibly staging an outdoor game in the city next year.

The league’s portable rink and refrigeration equipment can be set up in a warm climate, but Commissioner Gary Bettman has rejected the idea because he prefers an atmosphere of wintry charm. Other NHL executives are open to the idea of playing amid palm trees, believing the novelty would ignite interest for the teams, the area and grass-roots growth.

Dodger Stadium is the likely site, but the Rose Bowl and Coliseum could figure in. The game would be played just before the NHL breaks for the Winter Olympics, assuming NHL players will participate.

The report emphasizes that discussions are “very tentative,” but it’s not the first time we’ve heard of the possibility of an outdoor game at Dodger Stadium. In May, executives of the baseball club expressed confidence in the idea.

“Facility-wise, we could certainly handle it,” Dodgers president Stan Kasten told the L.A. Times.

Added chairman Mark Walter: “They put a man on the moon. They can make it work.”

  1. einjzmolf - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Hands off our sport Magic Johnson

  2. sjsharks66 - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Kings vs Sharks or Kings vs Ducks. Probably Kings and Ducks to make some battle for LA outdoor game. That would make sense.

  3. DonkeyStick - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Avg of 60 degrees is the avg in January in LA….Don’t think that will be a good for the ice

    • therealjr - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      Is the arena 60 degrees? No, actually it’s significantly warmer.

      The two obstacles are humidity and direct sunlight causing glare. One isn’t an issue and the other is easily avoided with a proper game time.

    • nyrangersnation - Mar 11, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      The Rangers and Kings played a pre-season game in the 90’s in Las Vegas, in September. I think 60 degrees is good enough.

      • DonkeyStick - Mar 11, 2013 at 7:48 PM

        “A second exhibition game was scheduled between the Rangers and the Kings to take place on September 29, 1991, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The game, however, was cancelled, due to poor and unsafe ice conditions at the Charlotte Coliseum.”

        Yeah…..try that in sue happy 2013

    • chanceoffleury1 - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:22 PM

      Agreed. When they did the game at Heinz field it was in the 40’s and I remember the constant updates on how much trouble they were having keeping the ice from thawing. That’s part of the reason why they had the move the game to primetime. Can you imagine trying to maintain it in LA?

  4. pwilson264 - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    you bring the ice, and i got the beer

  5. shortsxit34 - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    As someone born, raised, and still residing in LA, this is the DUMBEST idea to come from the NHL since…well, the realignment. But it’s still a horrible idea.

  6. capsrockva - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    This makes no since. Hockey in LA outdoors. The ice would never survive.

  7. kingsroq - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Kings vs Vancouver. The NHL would need to draw in the Northern viewers

  8. blomfeld - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    “They put a man on the moon” …

    No they did not! Somebody needs to tell Walter that man has never left the Earth’s orbit and the Apollo programme was the biggest “non-violent” hoax of the 20th century! Among other things, he should consider the following:

    – visible footprints from astronauts yet no imprint from an 8 ton lunar module ?
    – identical lunar horizons from frame to frame ?
    – blatantly inconsistent shadow lines from frame to frame ?
    – comical flag waving motion in a supposed “airless” atmosphere ?
    – coke can clearly seen on the ground in various frames ?
    – Stanley Kubrick hired onto the project during the filming of 2001 Space Odyssey ?

    In all seriousness … even as a King’s fan, I agree with Bettman that the WC should be reserved for those venues which can offer an “atmosphere” of wintry charm. Staging it in either So Cal or Vancouver would be a mistake and a complete squandering of resources. The primary purpose of the event is to further fan interest and so it would be far better to continue staging it in either the US Northeast or Midwest.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      Why did they ever let you back? And it certainly wouldn’t surprise me if an idiot like you believed that it was a hoax, but anyone with a “schtick” (you) when they post in comment section and uses multiple sign-ins to agree with himself (you again) is a mental case in need of meds. (most certainly you) Oh and you’re a know-nothing clueless buffoon who said that Cory Schnieder was a top 3 goalie in the NHL just before you got IP banned.

      This place was SO much better with out you and your “joey” sign in.

      • manchestermiracle - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        Pretty sure he was being facetious about the moon landing, but he reeled you in like a starving goldfish.

      • blomfeld - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:06 PM

        Misterchainbluelightning – there can only be 3 possibilities to explain your hatred …

        1) you’re a NASA employee ?

        2) you’re mentally retarded ?

        3) you’re a mentally retarded NASA employee ?

        can’t say for sure, but I suspect that #3 is the most likely explanation for your ugliness here? … at any rate, clean your act up pal and try to have some fun … life is way too short for BS like that …

      • blomfeld - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:14 PM

        Manchestermiracle – Whatever side of the debate you’re on, you do have to acknowledge that it’s pretty strange that it’s been 4 decades since that the last supposed landing, eh? :)

        Hey man, seriously … this Quick business is concerning me a little. I know he played well the other night and all, but there’s something about his play which is making me nervous this year? Hopefully it’s nothing more than getting back into “form” after the surgery in September? We’ll see in going forward, however it sure is nice to have someone like Bernier riding along as copilot eh ! :)

  9. tarotsujimoto74 - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Are they not having the game at the Big House next year? Or is this just gonna be a random additional outdoor game?

    • clefty1 - Mar 11, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      The Winter Classic will be at the Big House next year and I am sure there will be over 110,000 easily…

  10. tyler4richardson - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Has the league ever watched an outdoor game? They’re fun, but the ice is terrible. And that is in cities like Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Philly. Can only imagine the difficulty they would have preparing the ice and actually paying on it in L.A. And as a Canucks fan, I would love to watch my team play in front of 50,000 fans, but B.C. Place would also be an awful venue in my opinion. When I went to watch the Grey Cup there in 2011, I kept asking myself “this is really what a $500 million renovation gets you?”. The half a billion dollar roof they recently installed barely opens and would provide even less of an outdoor atmosphere than L.A. Keep the outdoor games to cold cities with nice outdoor stadiums.

  11. capsfan19 - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Blomfeld! You’re back!

    • blomfeld - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      Hello friend … I was away for a while, but it’s great to be back here ! :)

  12. mclovinhockey - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Great, smaller market teams and needing to spend even more money to keep the ice decent. This makes sense after the league needed a lockout due to money. I got 2 good ideas Pitt vs Philly at penn state, Montreal vs Toronto at the Olympic stadium. That’s how you make money league.

    • manchestermiracle - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      Did you really just call L.A. a “smaller market” team? They regularly sell out their home games and are the defending champs. It would be a marketing coup to have the defending champs get an outdoor game every year, even in Florida.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 11, 2013 at 6:43 PM

      Hard to have an outdoor game in a stadium that has a roof, it used to be retractable but has since been permanently sealed.

    • clefty1 - Mar 11, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      Wings-Leafs at the Big House next season with over 110,000 expected..That is how the league makes money on the Winter Classic..

    • chanceoffleury1 - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:40 PM

      With all the Jerry Sandusky stuff even Bettman isn’t stupid enough to give that kind of publicity to Penn State. Not to mention that Philly or Pittsburgh have been in every single Winter Classic thus far except for one. You have to give other teams a chance. There’s plenty of great fanbases. It’s bound to happen eventually, though. State College is literally almost smack dab in the center of the state between Philly and Pittsburgh and those 2 markets would have no problem filling up the 100,000+ at Beaver. It would be a true-blue showdown of the keystone state at “center ice”.

  13. Cloutier39 - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Back in the day there was a game in Vegas. If they really want to they can make this work

  14. flyeredup202 - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    I was at the one in philly last year…. and even though it was cold as hell it was nice to have the game go into the night. It was like spending the day on the pond and then going into the night when you were a kid… I could see this happening in La if done at night under the lights……

  15. billsysabres - Mar 11, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    As I recall didn’t they play a preseason game in Vegas outdoors

  16. billsysabres - Mar 11, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    As I recall didn’t they play an outdoor game in Vegas

  17. clefty1 - Mar 11, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    One outdoor game per season is enough. LA does not have the national drawing power of Detroit, Chicago, Boston or Philly, besides the game should stay within the north.

  18. rainyday56 - Mar 12, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    If the NHL is considering doing an outdoor game in a warm clime, they should forgo the ice and have the teams play an exhibition game in shorts and roller blades. They should think outside the box and and make it part of a multi sport extravaganza inviting XGames and UFC to stage events along with it so NHL can be exposed to the young and growing market those sports enjoy. Just a thought.

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