Prepare yourselves for that question to be asked, oh, roughly a quintillion times before the Los Angeles Kings host the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25, 2014, in a game the National Hockey League announced on Monday as part of its outdoor cash grab Stadium Series next season.
Here’s how they’ll do it: With a multi-million dollar ice making system that includes a 300-panel floor that is kept frozen by a truck, with 1500 gallons of water pushed through it per minute to create ice.
The system also has state-of-the-art tracking technology so it can react to temperature changes. As NHL ice guru Craig said in 2010, before the Winter Classic in Pittsburgh:
"We have instrumentation that we put into the system called Eye on the Ice that we monitor; (it) sends us signals all the time," Craig said. "Every 15 minutes we'll log and trend it so we can graph what's happening on any given day. And every city we go to, we have a complete weather breakdown of our area so we know what (weather) systems are coming through."
According to Los Angeles Almanac, the average high for Jan. 25 is 68 degrees and the average low is 49 degrees.
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But forget about that high temperature: Another reason California can handle an outdoor hockey game is the 7 p.m. start time locally (10 p.m. on the East Coast), which will allow for cooler temperatures and take the sun out of the equation.
As Craig said in the past, they’d have to put a canopy over the ice in order to play during the daylight hours in California.
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