The average temperatures in Los Angeles in January: High of 68, low of 48. Naturally, Dodger Stadium, which is a James Loney ground ball away from downtown LA, seems like the ideal place to hold the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day. From the LA Times:
The NHL has yet to award its New Year’s Day showcase to a warm-weather city. The Dodgers could offer baseball’s largest stadium and the iconic backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains. … “They put a man on the moon,” Dodgers Chairman Mark Walter said. “They can make it work.”
That seems like a logical comparison, Mr. Walter. As the paper notes, Wayne Gretzky and the Kings played a hockey game in Vegas in 1991 in 85-degree heat and the ice held up.
Wonder where most fans in LA will flock on New Year’s Day in January: A hockey game, or the Rose Bowl? Previously, the game has been held in Buffalo, Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. It’ll be at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor in 2013. [LA Times]