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Dodgers prez: Conditions ‘should be fine’ for Ducks-Kings outdoor game

Jan 21, 2014, 12:38 PM EST

Even though weather forecasts call for Saturday to be pretty warm, Stan Kasten isn’t worried about the ice conditions at Dodger Stadium.

“The NHL has supreme confidence in their ability to put the game on,” Kasten, the Dodgers’ president and CEO, told the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. “I would have been concerned if the weather was going to be too cold, but in Michigan, even that’s not a problem.

“We should be fine.”

Here’s the upcoming forecast, courtesy Weather.com:

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According to NHL ice guru Dan Craig, the important thing is to have temperatures at ice level stay at the 22-degree mark.

“That’s our focus, that’s what we want to be, that’s where we’ve always been,” Craig said. “The efficiency of the floor — I can tell you that it’s going to be 22, and the [ice-making] truck will be pushing at 20. Everybody says ‘well it’s 80 degrees outside.’ That’s how efficient that truck is.”

Puck drop is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. PT, which should help prevent sunlight from hitting the playing surface. The teams will also practice the evening prior to get a better feel for ice conditions, and one player — Anaheim’s Saku Koivu — already expressed optimism about the event being a success.

“It’s going to be even more special now with the weather,” Koivu said, per the L.A. Times. “Playing in California … I don’t think anyone ever thought it’d be possible to do here. It’s going to be a great experience.”

  1. areaman714 - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    It will be fine. Despite the 85 degree days here, it has been around 68-72 degrees here at 6:30, puck drop time. I am guessing the predicted cooler 25th the temp will be 66 to 68 at game start.

  2. heynyc61 - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Having grown up in LA. Which I could be there. But going to the rangers vs devils the following day

    It’s gonna great at both places

  3. sjsharks66 - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Phew! I was worried for a second. Glad someone from the Dodgers organization cleared up a hockey situation for us all.

  4. imleftcoast - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Frozen brains bringing frozen water to frozen faces.

  5. c9castine - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    so when are the next games?

  6. valoisvipers - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Remember all the negative comments when the league announced they were having an outdoor game in L.A.

    • shortsxit34 - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      And rightfully so. They are still having problems selling tickets and cut most ticket prices in half. They even had half off tickets on Living Social.

  7. penguins87and71 - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Well this could be a disaster.

  8. joey4id - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    So much for allowing the boys to relive their childhood memories with an outdoor game at 78 degrees. ⛅

  9. killerpgh - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Did the game sell out yet? Last I heard they were offering $50 off each regular ticket price trying to move them.

    • Professor Fate - Jan 21, 2014 at 8:58 PM

      As of January 22 about 45,000 of 55,000 tickets have been sold. The $50 price reduction is on $249 seats due to movement being “less than brisk.”

      The NHL set the price on tickets and decided to reduce the priciest seats early on to stimulate further sales. Fans who already purchased those $249 seats will get a refund.

      This game hasn’t yet met the NHL’s expectations as far as attendance, but give them credit for trying new things. It’s a first for a place like L.A., where there are literally dozens of entertainment options. Forty five thousand and change for a hockey game isn’t bad at all.

  10. shortsxit34 - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    They have offered a *lot* more than just the $50 off reduction on $249 tickets.

    Most Kings fans have been pushing for an outdoor game for years, and now they have one and they can’t even sell out. They’ve actually gotten desperate to sell tickets, which sucks because this event was supposed to showcase the popularity of hockey in California. Instead it’s just reenforcing others’ negative opinion that nobody cares about hockey in So. Cal.

  11. brockohol - Jan 22, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    well…if there is anyone who knows about quality of ice for a hockey game its the Los Angeles Dodgers president

    Im sorry but I think that this is just ridiculous. Im in St. Louis and I am even hesitant to have a game here due to the possibility of bad weather. This is so dumb and has no appeal to me. The guys playing in the cold and snow is so cool…playing next to a beach is so dumb and just takes away from the annual excitement of the Winter Classic.

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