10 Observations From the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series between Kings and Ducks
By Collin Insley
The sold-out Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings held at Dodgers Stadium last night was a truly remarkable spectacle. Not everything was picture perfect, however. Read our full recap of the game here, but for those of you who are listicle-minded, here are ten seen and over-heard observations:
10. The Parking Lot: In a word: horror-show. Fans were urged to pre-pay for parking before the event, but many people would have surely shelled out some extra cash on top of that to be helicoptered out of the nightmarish post-game traffic jam.
9. Extraneous Entertainment: A regulation-sized NHL hockey rink is a lot smaller than a baseball diamond, which means that a lot of empty space had to be filled-up. The most distracting choice was to place a beach volleyball pit in left field and populate it with Olympians Kerri Walsh and Phil Dalhausser, as well as a few dozen extras instructed to get down and party in an attempt to create a Venice Beach-like atmosphere. It was more like "Beach Blanket Bingo."
8. Catch The Damn Ball!: My favorite "Beach Blanket Bingo" extras were a father-son duo (presumably) who were tossing a football back and forth near the left field foul line. The father was wearing Birkenstocks (yes!) and had a, let's say, 'interesting' throwing motion, while his son had a severe case of butter fingers - and he didn't even have 'Best CB in The League' Richard Sherman to deal with!
7. KISS, Specifically Paul Stanley, Is Awesome: For some reason the NHL picked arena-rock legends KISS to open the night and then play again during the first period intermission - and it was quite the sight. Paul Stanley stole the show, though - from his tossing guitar picks out into a completely empty-outfield, to his requisite blood spitting, and finally his between-songs shilling for KISS's new Arena Football League franchise, the LA KISS who, confusingly, will play their games at Honda Center. Might a new Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim controversy be brewing?
6. Vin Scully, Hockey Announcer: In a neat touch, the NHL had legendary Voice of the Dodgers Vin Scully stand with LA Kings play-by-play man Bob Miller to act as emcee for the pre-game festivities. It was hilariously old-fashioned. Sample quote from Vin: "And now it's time for hockey: a game that will set us on our ears - a game like no other."