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Stadium Series game in Los Angeles draws crowds and TV viewers

The West Coast's first outdoor NHL game drew huge crowds and viewership.
The West Coast's first outdoor NHL game drew huge crowds and viewership.
Rick Kim

Los Angeles – Last Saturday, the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks faced off in the unlikeliest of arenas: Dodger Stadium. It was the first time an NHL game was played outdoors on the West Coast, and despite the worries and skepticism, the ice held up, tickets were sold out, and viewers tuned in on TV.

The game was nationally televised on the NBC Sports Network, and in Los Angeles, the game drew a 2.38 rating, which was the channel's highest rated regular season game in the Los Angeles market.

More than 54,000 seats were sold, selling out the stadium. On average, Staples Center sells out over 18,000 Kings tickets and the Honda Center sells about 16,000 Ducks tickets.

Prior to the game, attendees enjoyed a festival in the parking lot with attractions, live music, and giveaways.

Dodger Stadium's field was transformed into a reflection of Southern California itself, with a beach volleyball court, street hockey rink, two concert stages, and of course, the ice rink.

Performing for the crowds were the USC Trojan Marching Band, Jordan Sparks, KISS, and Five for Fighting.

Vin Scully, the voice of the Dodgers, kicked things off with Kings announcer, Bob Miller, and hockey legend Wayne Gretzky was the guest of honor for the ceremonial puck drop.

Anaheim held the Kings scoreless to a victory of 3 to 0, but it seemed most Kings fans still enjoyed the historic event.

Check out videos of the event at, and for more photos, click on over to flickr.

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