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Kings-Ducks outdoor game selling tickets at record pace

Sep 1, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

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After enjoying years of success with the Winter Classic, the NHL will hold six outdoor games in 2013-14. The’re all noteworthy, but the one that stands out from the crowd is the Anaheim Ducks’ contest against the Los Angeles Kings at Dodger Stadium.

It raises questions about how the people of Southern California will respond to having an outdoor hockey game. So far the answer appears to be encouraging.

“We’ve started re-sales in conjunction with the Ducks’ season ticket holders [last week], and the league has so far shared with us that we’re selling at a record clip, faster than any of the previous Winter Classics or games, in conjunction with the presales for the season ticket members,” Kings/AEG COO Kelly Cheeseman told LA Kings Insider.

The NHL seems very optimistic about this event, which will start at 7:00 p.m. PT (10:00 p.m. ET) on Jan. 25, 2014, from a broadcasting perspective as well.

“‘It just has a different feel’ is what they keep telling us. That’s very intriguing to me,” Cheeseman said. With that in mind, they’re hoping to do something new with this event, although Cheeseman didn’t want to go into specifics at this time.

Holding this many outdoor games in a single season is an experiment for the league and seeing how a non-traditional hockey market responds to such an event is a key part of that. If the Dodger Stadium’s match is a success, it could lead to more southern outdoor games.

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Bettman on six outdoor games: ‘We can’t do enough of them’

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  1. erinogirlkings - Sep 1, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Bought my tickets last week. Certainly not cheap but for something like this, totally worth it. Can’t wait. Go Kings Go!

  2. pensman29 - Sep 1, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Someone’s gonna have a heat stroke on the ice.

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 1, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Hopefully the game has ideal weather.

    • lordfletcher - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      I am hoping for the opposite just so that it blows up in Gary’s face. 92 and sunny!!!!

      Feel bad for the fans there if this happens, but lets be honest… not the smartest concept from the get go and the NHL needs to learn that they can’t play hockey gods with the sport all the time

      • ron05342 - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        I’m not sure what you are babbling about. The story is about how this game is outselling the Winter Classics at a record pace.

        What does that mean? That means hockey is more popular in southern California then it is in Detroit.

        So get over yourself, East Coast fan.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        While LF comes off as brash, there is a valid point to be seen. It’s there is an inherent risk having outdoor games. To have in SoCal just ups that risk to a new level. I have no ill-will towards more outdoor games. I just hope it works out. We shall see.

      • stratomaticfan - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        Hey Ron,

        Not sure how you correlate popularity based on sales for a single event. Speed of ticket sales for this event seems to be a product of the novelty. It’s never been done, so people want to be there. It’s an event. Not sure it correlates in any way with how good/bad or fanatical the fan base is.

        As a long time hockey fan, there is little chance that the popularity in southern California rivals popularity in Canada, or cities like Detroit, Chicago, Boston, or even places like Minnesota. Doesn’t make the fans there any less passionate, just not as many of them.

  4. Anoesis - Sep 1, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    What?! Selling tickets at a record pace and bringing in new fans?! Yup, those over-hyped and excessive outdoor games are certainly ruining the sport.

  5. Eric Wendland - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    “and the league has so far shared with us that we’re selling at a record clip, faster than any of the previous Winter Classics or games”

    Uh… For the first winter classic, I’m certain that Buffalo sold 45K tickets in a matter of minutes. If they were selling at a record pace, tickets would have been gone long ago. I logged in during my window and had my pick of any prime seat I want, the only ones that were all gone were the lowers, where you can’t see the ice very well. Center ice prime seats were easy to find, and this was on the 2nd day.

    They are really trying to pump this game up, but I have a feeling 2nd hand tickets are going to be available well below face value.

    • gallyhatch - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      I agree. I find the idea of this game selling out faster than Fenway, Citizens Bank or Wrigley Winter Classics laughable. Being a Bruins season ticket holder, I’m not familiar with how the public sale for Fenway was handled, but I guarantee those tickets went very VERY quickly. (like in less than an hour quickly)

      The skeptic in me thinks whoever is making these claims is simply trying to build up hype around the game. If it didn’t sell out in one day, it can’t be going at a record pace.

      • ron05342 - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        Well, the spokesman for AEG said it, and he said the league told him that. Why would they lie?

        Get over yourself East Coast fan, ice hockey is very popular in southern California. Both those teams will be contending for the Stanley Cup this season. So obviously, the game is very popular.

        Too bad for you.

      • gallyhatch - Sep 3, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        @ Ron, or blomfeld, or whatever you’re calling yourself today. . . . you think hockey is more popular in Socal than Detroit.

        That’s all we need to know about you.

  6. rcp27 - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Love the idea

  7. blomfeld - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    “selling at a record clip, faster than any of the previous Winter Classics or games” …

    Well so much for the idiotic notion that LA is a ‘bandwagon’ city eh ? Friends, the proof ‘always’ lies in the numbers and according to this excellent report by Dadoun, we LA Kings are clearly the most popular, dynamic and ‘growth-driven’ team in the NHL today bar none ! … and you can add the ‘coolest’ team too. Mind you, that’s hardly surprising given the fact that we won the last ‘untainted & asterisk-free’ Stanley Cup championship, crushing the opposition by a margin of 16-4 and winning the hearts of ‘millions’ the world over in the process ! So opening night now can’t come soon enough, as we’re going to take back ‘that’ which has been ours all along since June of last year … the title of undisputed ‘greatest’ hockey team in the free world today !

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!

  8. ocramfan22 - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    $250 a ticket is a little much Mr. Bettman

  9. semin28 - Sep 2, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    Go caps!

  10. rebekahvandyke281 - Sep 2, 2013 at 3:57 AM

    good post ever i had seen here

  11. gaslampcircus - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Hockey at Dodger Stadium; finally a hockey game where the violence will be happening off the ice

    • ron05342 - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      Yup. Typical stereotypical moronic statement from a typical moron.

      • gaslampcircus - Sep 3, 2013 at 12:09 AM

        Yes because there isn’t ever any violence outside Dodger stadium? Just ask Brian Stowe

      • ron05342 - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:00 AM

        ^^^ And the moron chooses to compound his idiocy by pointing out one incident.

        As a matter fact, moron, there have been many incidents of violence in Dodger Stadium. Just as you can find many incidents of violence in any number of ballparks and stadiums and arenas throughout North America.

        Your absolutely lame attempt at humor notwithstanding, one has to wonder why you even bothered commenting on this thread. Perhaps you are so completely filled with hate for all things L.A. you couldn’t help yourself. Perhaps you should look into your backyard, whatever backwater you may live in. I am sure you can find acts of violence within just a few blocks of where you live. It’s called the “human condition.” We can’t help but hurt ourselves.

        Unfortunately.

        Now, please go crawl back under the rock from whence you came.

      • blomfeld - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:24 AM

        well said Ron …

    • ajohnwolf - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:54 AM

      HEY… we resemble that remark

    • ajohnwolf - Sep 4, 2013 at 1:10 AM

      West Coast hockey is alive and well! Sounds like a lot of you older franchise fans are afraid that So.Cal. will not only have the most beautiful woman, but two of the best teams in the league also.

  12. girouxed - Sep 2, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Iol the ice is gonna be terrible. They might as well wear swim trunks

  13. canuckinamerica - Sep 2, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    It is going to be so great watching a hockey game while your allergies kick in from being seated to blooming roses and flowers.

    • ron05342 - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:37 PM

      True, Canuck fan, true.

      But the two teams playing have two Cups between them in the past seven years. How many Cups do the Canucks have in the same time frame (as a matter of fact, in like…forever)?

      Yeah, I thought so.

    • blomfeld - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:09 PM

      Hey pal, have you been to a Canuck’s game lately and scanned the audience ? … “…………………” is about all I could say to that. I went to the Pacific Coliseum here in Vancouver starting from day one and that was a ‘true’ hockey arena, much like the Montreal Forum or Maple Leaf Gardens. Rogers Arena today is nothing more than a ‘cat-walk’ infested with a bunch of ‘look at me’ posers who collectively have the hockey IQ of some brain-damaged sasquatch ! At least in LA the people who go to King’s games are actually interested in the sport and the success of the team. As opposed to these idiots here in Vancouver, who only care about getting their stupid ‘narcissistic’ pictures uploaded on twitter asap !

  14. ndrick731 - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    This is total bs. As a Flyer season-ticket holder I am aware of the fact that depending on how long you have been a season ticket holder you were in one of four six hour windows to purchase tickets and they were sold out before they got to the last window. So this tells me that this is another Gary Bettman imaginary story.

  15. bettmanholdshockeyback - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Because of the location this outdoor game is quite intriguing and will garner some attention as a result. The outdoor games are one of Bettman’s successes. Of course, it was more a lark than anything that to some degree has turned into the league’s golden goose. However as is the case with fairy tale goose, the NHL’s goose will be eventually be killed. With six outdoor games scheduled for this season, the league will do to the outdoor game what it did to the penalty shot when it added the shootout. It will make the outdoor game(s) just another overdone gimmick. There are better ways to bring intrigue and excitement to your game than gimmicks that will end up being done so many times that everyone, including even the most diehard devoted, will eventually become bored to death.

    I love the outdoor games but I believe it is ridiculous to go from one in a season to six. That shows you just how stupid Bettman really is and for all those that defend the guy, jump off the wagon before he makes you look just as dumb as he is.

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