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squirrely's avatar

The NHL must be awfully proud of that tweet from the dodgers.

Posted by squirrely from Dirty Jersey on 01/25/14 at 06:06 PM ET

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Probably the most spectacular setting yet for an outdoor game. Dodger Stadium looks stunning.

Posted by timbits on 01/25/14 at 06:27 PM ET

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Yes it looks great. But if the NHL is going to keep doing these - and of course they will, because bags of money is why - they should go to international size rinks. They would work much better for the spaces and spectators, look better on tv, and make for interesting hockey - adjusting strategy for the extra size, more room for skilled players to work, etc. adding an extra element. And you’ve got the space, why not use it?

Posted by Moose Moss on 01/25/14 at 06:50 PM ET

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Probably the most spectacular setting yet for an outdoor game.

Right. If what they were doing was a Hollywood movie. But for the fans in the stands, that layout is an abomination.

The poor folks behind “home plate” will have a much better view of the roller hockey game than the ice hockey game. The ice rink should have been laid out from home plate to second base if they wanted the fans in the stands to actually see the game.

But, hey, most of them are probably there for either the roller hockey or the beach volleyball game, so who cares – other than the actual ice hockey fans. This has to go down as the biggest farce in the history of the NHL.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 01/25/14 at 07:33 PM ET

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Right. If what they were doing was a Hollywood movie. But for the fans in the stands, that layout is an abomination.

The layout is garbage, but I think what timbits was referring to was the background. Which, admittedly, is gorgeous.

But if the NHL is going to keep doing these - and of course they will, because bags of money is why

The “Stadium Series” is part of the NHL’s “marketing blitz” per say, to both generate revenue and increased interest among the casual fan. While there has been no word on whether multiple outdoor games in this fashion per year would continue, it is highly unlikely we will see more than the Winter Classic and Heritage Classic games in the coming years.

I actually see the Dodger Stadium thing as an experiment by the NHL, to see if a “Winter Classic” in a southern market would work (think: Nashville vs. Carolina, Tampa vs Florida).

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/25/14 at 07:47 PM ET

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The sanctimony is a little over the top.  It’s a unique event that will not be unpleasant for those in attendance and will at least be a unique thing to see for those who aren’t there. If your view of the ice isn’t good, well, there’s 40 other home games you can watch from your normal seats and 41 road games you can watch in HD. 

All of this “blah blah hurting the real hockey fans” is just hogwash.  The “cheapening the Winter Classic” part makes a bit more sense.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 01/25/14 at 09:28 PM ET

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And that tweet no longer exists.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 01/25/14 at 10:42 PM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

That is incredibly embarrassing for the NHL and the Dodgers.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 01/25/14 at 11:32 PM ET

Paul's avatar

More on the tweet from Big League Stew at Yahoo.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/26/14 at 10:17 AM ET

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