Skip to comments.2014 COORS LIGHT STADIUM SERIES
Posted on 01/25/2014 9:28:31 AM PST by airborne
Anaheim Ducks vs. LA Kings @ Dodger Stadium - Saturday Jan. 25 @ 9:30 PM (Eastern) on NBCSN
NY Rangers vs. NJ Devils @ Yankee Stadium - Sunday Jan. 26 @ 12:30 PM (Eastern) on NBC
NY Rangers vs. NY Islanders @ Yankee Stadium - Wednesday Jan. 29 @ 7:30 PM (Eastern) on NBCSN
The games at Yankee Stadium should be interesting weather-wise, what with winter storms coming through every couple of days.
I think it will be in the 50s after sunset. Chilly for us (unused to cold) but I am so excited! And other hockey loving freepers going tonight??
This is the FIRST outdoor pro hockey game west of the Rockies. Gonna be a fun experience.
Putin will be observing intently..Sochi’s pretty warm for a “winter?” Olympics..
Can Puig skate?
By a strange stroke of good fortune (or bad luck, LOL), I’ll be sitting at Yankee Stadium tomorrow watching my Devils take on their cross-river rivals in New York. The temperature at opening faceoff is supposed to be 14 degrees, but at least there’s no snow in the forecast for tomorrow!
Just looking at the Eastern conference standings..
It's wild..30 games remaining..12 teams..separated by 12 points in the middle of the pack..for 5 playoff spots..
What are the NHL tie-breakers?
Tie breakers are something like games vs that opponent, games won in OT/SO and then goals for...
The irony is that New Jersey is poorly constructed to play in the regular season, but if they get into the playoffs they are the kind of team that nobody will want to face. They don't have much top-end talent, but their roster is so deep that they've got 2-3 defensemen and 3-4 forwards who are healthy scratches or playing in the minors but would probably be playing regularly on most other NHL teams.
School finally let out.
Anticipation that had been building all day was finally realized in the task that lie ahead. The planning was on the fly and we knew we might be pushing things, but our desire was enough.
It’s was cold and windy for this early in the year and we knew that was perfect. Standing on the bank, looking out at the ice that was calling us to play. The apprehension of our crew needed a leader to show the way. Someone brave and a little crazy. I had to jump about 3 feet from the shore since the ice had not yet taken hold. Looking back to the shore our crew who were eager for their leap waited for me to test the ice. Standing on thin ice about 5 or 6 feet off shore I began the test, jumping up and down pounding the ice in a calculated attempt to break through, or at least find some cracks to determine its thickness. Three inches thick at 6 feet out. Testing again at 8 to 10 feet out, no more cracks.
Lets play !!!!
I love the winter classic, but adding 5 more out door games doesn’t make it 5 times as awesome.
Whereabouts are your seats?
The setup of the hockey rink at dodger stadium is odd. It looks like most fans will be at the ends of the rink. All of this got me curious at to how thick is the ice on a hockey rink surface and it appears the answer is 3/4 inch. I would have thought it would be more than that especially if there is some melting.
Upstairs behind home plate.
I don’t think they originally planned to do this many. I thought they overloaded the schedule this season to make up for the loss of last year’s games due to the lockout.
It is their most popular regular season game, actually I think it usually gets better ratings than the Cup Finals which is kind of depressing. So I can see where they want more, but I wonder how much the uniqueness helps. I don’t intend to watch any of the stadium series, we’ll see what the numbers say.
Thanks for the ping.
77 degrees in Los Angeles at 1:30pm. It should plunge to 70 degrees by the end of the first period. Interesting conditions for maintaining the ice. The air is pretty dry so evaporation should prevent too much standing water.
For you folks in SoCal, starting time is 6:30.
BTW...interesting time lapse video of the rink being constructed, and the ice laid down.
Can I ask..what'd the tix cost?
Hopefully you'll post a report to this thread when you have time..and ping everyone...
Enjoy the game!!
I watching Kings vs Ducks
It was weird
Having NHL game in middle of Dodger stadium
Today's game at Yankee Stadium was absolutely awesome, except for Devils' fans who weren't happy with the final result. Any hockey fan should do something like that at least once -- preferably in a cold venue where the hockey seems to fit right in.
Just a few quick notes while they're fresh in my mind:
1. The game was supposed to start at 12:30 PM Eastern Time, but it was delayed for a while because of safety concerns with the bright glare of the sun. By the time they started it had clouded over a bit, which made it easier for the players to see on the ice.
2. There are no "good seats" at one of these stadium hockey games. The stadium is way too big for this type of event, so the ice is too far away to see much ... but if you have a chance to go to one of these games make sure you get seats upstairs. It gives at least an unobstructed view of the ice surface.
3. The quality of the ice seemed to be a problem for much of the game. There were a few spots where the facility crew would come out after every few whistles and patch something up.
4. Related to the last point ... The game was noticeably slower than usual, due to (I think) a combination of the ice conditions and the heavy clothing the players needed to wear to keep warm. But, hey -- this is the way hockey should be played, right?
5. Lord, it was cold. My friend and I were dressed from head to toe as if we were on an Arctic expedition, and there were lots of stares and snickers from other fans as we entered the stadium. By the end of the first period we had lots of fans coming up to us in the corridors under the stands, marveling at how warm and comfortable we looked and asking where they could buy the kind of gear we were wearing. LOL.
6. It seemed like a lot of fans sacrificed warmth and comfort just to wear the colors of their favorite team. Leave the jerseys at home, folks. They don't make you any warmer, and if you wear them over your winter gear they just make it more difficult to move around.
7. It was a very well-behaved crowd! Considering how much larger the New York fan base is, and considering that the game was at Yankee Stadium in New York City, I was surprised to see how many New Jersey fans were there. The stadium looked like it was about a 50%-50% split between blue (Rangers) and red (Devils) colors, but that's probably a biased estimate because the red gear was more prominent in a large stadium. I believe the closest "official" estimate I saw from the NHL indicated about a 60%-40% NY-NJ fan split.
I hope the NHL continues this series, but they shouldn't overdo it by scheduling them in places that aren't well suited to winter hockey. I'd be curious to get some input from any Freepers who might have attended the game out in Los Angeles last night!
NHL Stadium Classic ping!
One thing it I enjoyed seeing Southside Johnny. My very first concert (aside from Christian concerts) was seeing Southside Johnny at the Agora in Columbus Ohio so it was nice to see him again.
Good report! Thanks!
Having been to an outdoor game in Hershey last year (AHL) I can attest to the fact that there are no good seats.
Seeing the attendance was 50,105 I can safely assume the NHL will continue to have more outdoor venues.
Yes that at Bristol if I recall. That should be great.
Sounds like a good idea to me!
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