I think it’s safe to say this may be my first and only post about a hockey game. Under ordinary circumstances I’m the last person to include a story about any sporting event. Don’t expect me to actually say much about the game. I know nothing more about hockey then to observe there are a lot of teeth left on the ice.
But I am at this very moment watching my first hockey game, because I’ve picked up on the excitement surrounding this first of four National Hockey League’s “Stadium Series.”
Why would I care?
I do find Dodger Stadium an interesting ballpark. But how does it fare as a hockey rink?
It was close to 80° F today! The low might get down to 55°. Doesn’t ice melt at those temperatures?
I am really fascinated with the “how did they do this” factor.
The NHL employs ice specialists. The crews have been working at night with huge refrigeration units grooming 10,000 gallons of water into a 1 3/4-inch sheet of ice, staying cool under a heat-reflecting blanket during the day.
Here’s a favorite tidbit of information I learned today.
This particular game is the NHL’s first outdoor game west of Alberta, however, it is NOT the first attempt at Southwest outdoor hockey. The Kings played an exhibition against the New York Rangers in Las Vegas in 1991–it was going alright until a swarm of grasshoppers jumped onto the ice.
How’s that for Mother Nature and interference!
I almost forgot to name the teams–I’m really more interested in the rink. Tonight’s game is between the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks.
I may not know much about the game, but I’m very pleased that music is provided by Jordin Sparks, KISS, and one of my favorites, Five for Fighting. If good music accompanies a sporting event I tend to sit in one place a little longer.
But don’t judge the event by my lack of enthusiasm.
Apparently for many this really is an exciting event. Dodger Stadium is the largest baseball stadium in the major leagues and approximately 50,000 people have paid between $235.00 a ticket to up in the thousands. Those must be the diehards.
In true Southern California fashion, and in keeping with the area’s entertainment capacity, there is also an on-field beach volleyball game and a roller hockey game somewhere near home plate. It’s an impressive feat.
If you’d like to see the time-lapse video of the building of the rink click HERE. It’s very impressive whether or not you have any interest in the game.
The game has started and I’ll be ready to report if there are any interruptions. I don’t anticipate locusts, but I have been at the stadium at night and watched bats fluttering in the spotlight’s glare.
The series will continue tomorrow night in New York’s Yankee Stadium, with rival teams, the Rangers and Devils, where temperatures are predicted to be around 15 degrees.
I doubt there will be beach volleyball.