NHL considering Los Angeles as host for 2014 Winter Classic
As reported by the Los Angeles Times, NHL representatives recently met with executives from the Los Angeles Kings to discuss staging the Winter Classic in Los Angeles next year. Dodger Stadium and the Rose Bowl are among the venues being considered for hosting the game.
The Winter Classic has been an annual event in the NHL since 2008. The game has been played in northern cities with rich hockey tradition like Pittsburgh or Chicago on or around New Year's Day. Playing the game in Los Angeles would mark the first time the game is played in a warm weather climate.
The NHL has a portable rink and refrigeration equipment that can be used in a warm climate. Many executives across the league believe playing the game in Los Angeles would spark considerable interest from the media and fans. But commissioner Gary Bettman is reportedly uncomfortable with the idea of playing the game in a warm weather climate, preferring a more traditional winter setting.
The 2013 Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs was scheduled to be played at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. The game was canceled due to the recent NHL work stoppage.
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