A giant ice rink at Dodger Stadium. How did they do that?

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?

Welcome to Dodger Stadium

Brooklyn Dodger Dog

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.

42 thoughts on “A giant ice rink at Dodger Stadium. How did they do that?

    • Thanks for the link, Andra. This has truly caught my interest and I am intrigued with the idea the NHL was willing to take a risk. I am sure they had science and engineering behind their decision, but no one predicted the weather would be as warm as it’s been in the past week. The players are reporting the ice is a little slow. LOL! I would think! I can manage to sit through a game as long as I’m on the computer. My attention drifts rather easily. :-)

  1. LOL! But who knows… the next thing will be spreading a few inches of sand over the snow for a beach volleyball game! (Brrrr, hope they wear a bit more than usual!) It’s amazing to what lengths they will go for sports!
    I am the same when it comes to sport enthusiasm Debra – if there’s a big sports event on I take advantage of the peace and quiet on the streets or in the supermarket, or relax in the garden with no lawnmowers, traffic or other disturbances! ;-)

    • I had trouble even watching the game on the television, Cathy. It was SO noisy! It seems to me that the sports announcers yell when they’re calling it. Of course, if I enjoyed it more maybe I wouldn’t think it was just noise. :-) It was a fun story for me to follow, though, because the setting is familiar yet looked entirely transformed! I’m with you—let’s go out to the garden and avoid clamor!

  2. Unbelievable! A swarm of locusts? I’ve never heard of them swarming an ice rink. We don’t have ice hockey in Oz as we just have no ice! But one day, just one day, I’d love to see a game xx

    • There certainly isn’t any “natural” ice in Los Angeles, either, Charlie. Most ice hockey is in arenas. I was watching this game from home, and I’ve never been to an “actual” game. It’s a little too brutal for me. The locusts story had me in stitches. I can’t imagine what that would have been as an experience for the poor guys on the ice! It sounds terrible to me. :-)

    • Hi Kathy! I think they definitely were interested in doing something unusual, and I learned there are “ice experts” that didn’t shrink from the challenge! I was watching from home, not at the stadium, but I’m sure there was plenty of energy pulsing through a very enthusiastic crowd. Thank you for stopping by. ox

  3. Brilliant post, informative and entertaining! The anecdote involving locusts and your summary of hockey — “a lot of teeth left on the ice” have me in stitch— er, have me laughing out loud. I’ve got no interest in sports either, especially one in which “jersey” is a verb (i.e. to grab the back of the other guy’s sweater and pull it over his head so you can punch him undisturbed). Glad you found ways to make your outing interesting.

    • I feel badly that I didn’t make it clear, in my enthusiasm, that I wasn’t there! I was watching from home. I think I would have enjoyed it, simply for the experience, but to pay those high ticket prices for any sporting event would be too much for me. The “teeth remark” came quite naturally…watching some of the pre-game interviews I couldn’t help but notice these very handsome young men without their front teeth! That’s really giving yourself to the game, isn’t it!

    • I was watching from home, but it was fun to see a stadium that is so familiar to me transformed to where it didn’t even look like the same ballpark! It has been fun hearing about how they made all the changes to accommodate the hockey game. I think it all went off without a hitch! :-)

  4. I’ve not been to a live sporting event for years. I used to go to football matches when I was young and daft, but sport has changed so much! Seems to be all about money these days. Other things I’d rather do with mine, but my husband is a passionate season ticket holder for our local side. The ice-making is fascinating though :)

  5. I’ve been to a few professional sports events . . . most of the time I can think of better things to do with my time. :razz:

    Hope you enjoyed the icing on the rink.

    • I realize that I wasn’t clear that I was watching from home! LOL! I can’t imagine paying ticket prices that high for any sporting events. I will go to an inexpensive baseball game in the spring and enjoy being outdoors, but this was a little too step. I enjoyed watching the whole thing come together, though. I think sports are a nice distraction for some, but I’m surely not an enthusiast! :-)

      • You and I are so often on the same wave length. When I saw the ticket prices, I wondered whether you’d inherited the ticket from a RICH relative. ;)

        Now I see that you watched from home . . . which is what I like to call “the best seats in the house.”

      • I’ve been trying to think who I would pay that kind of money to see, perhaps in a live theater event or concert, and I can’t come up with anyone! So I surely wouldn’t pay it for a sporting event. Although many years ago my husband was given tickets to Dodger Stadium and the seats were practically in the dugout, sitting with players’ wives and catered! I don’t recall the circumstances, but I will say that changed the game entirely! Of course, we couldn’t duplicate that! :-)

  6. As another commenter opined, only in America. I’d heard about this, Debra. Hockey is much more fun to watch in person. Here on Chicago, it is a major sport, I come from a family of die hard Blackhawks fans who lived just blocks from the old stadium. I, however, just went to my first game a few weeks ago. We have friends whose future sol plays for Iowa farm team a d shared free to tickets. We had a blast, only I kept forgetting what team I was supposed to cheer for, sure my dad was turning in his grave.

    • What a fun event to be at a game with friends cheering on family! I am sometimes half-way through any sporting event before I can even keep the players straight, so I’m notorious for cheering on the “wrong” team! :-) I just like everyone to have a good time. LOL! I have never been to a hockey game, Penny, but to my astonishment, Sophia is crazy for the sport! She watches games on television with daddy and is asking to go to an arena game. So perhaps just to be supportive I’d better start paying attention. This outdoor game was fun for me to follow, but during the game Aimee texted me to comment on how much water went into the rink–we’re keeping track of “wasted” water these days. Ha!

    • From what I followed on the television the fans were just thrilled with this opportunity. I can’t imagine paying those kind of ticket prices for anything sports-related, but they were sold out. :-) I’m sure there was a lot of energy pumping through the stadium!

    • Weren’t those ticket prices something? I am not sure that I made it clear in my post that I was watching a televised game! My husband heard that many of those tickets went for thousands. I am afraid I will never understand that one!

    • Thank you for stopping by, WFFME. They made quite the splash with this outdoor rink, didn’t they? I think it must have been very exciting to be there in person, but it was fine on television, too! :-)

    • I think the sports franchises have the money to spend. They call that their “publicity budget.” It worked…50,000 people in attendance. LOL! I tried to think of who or what I would enjoy enough to spend hundreds on just one ticket, but I couldn’t think of anyone–at least not anyone currently alive. :-)

    • I’m afraid to quote the high end of the hockey tickets without confirming, but my husband had read about it in the paper and when he told me I nearly choked! it was multiple thousands! It was a “star studded” event…Los Angeles is famous for over-the-top extravaganzas. I’m always amused! :-)

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  8. About 10 days ago I saw a fascinating interview with the NHL’s ice guy … and actually thought about you … and there you are! Of course blogging about it gave you a reason to go to the game. ;)

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