Here’s what the outdoor NHL game at Dodger Stadium will look like
For years the NHL has been selling outdoor games by using nostalgia.
HBO’s 24/7 has been there every step of the way to reinforce the good ole’ days when some of the best players in the league skated on backyard ponds.
But those backyard ponds had nothing on what the NHL has in store for fans who attend the Stadium Series Outdoor Game at Dodgers Stadium.
Picture this: A beach volleyball court, KISS performing in the background and center field covered in palm trees.
Feel like you’re back in Ontario yet, Mike Richards?
The event being held between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks on Saturday Jan. 25th is far from what these players remember outdoor games to be, but it is the first-ever outdoor NHL game in California so the league will do as the Californians do.
That means sand sculptures and celebrity appearances.
Platinum recording artist Jordan Sparks will sing the U.S. national anthem while singer/songwriter John Ondrasik of the band Five for Fighting will perform during the second intermission at home plate.
There’s been no confirmation, but we assume Matthew Perry will also be somewhere in the vicinity of the stadium.
Adjacent to the rink the Ducks and Kings will square at off will be a street hockey rink for the kids involved in each club’s Street hockey programs.
Before the game, fans will have a chance to visit 2014 NHL Spectator Plaza presented by Time Warner Cable for free outdoor hockey and entertainment beginning at 3:30.
The puck will drop at 6:30 p.m PT/ 9:30 p.m. ET (which means fans in the East can check back with us for a recap on Sunday). In the event that you do stay awake though, check out the game on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, NHL Network or NHL.com.
This Los Angeles event will make the first time a regular season game will be played outdoors in the U.S. west of the Mississippi River and will be the southern-most outdoor NHL game in history.