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Baseball stadiums gets temporary facelift to host hockey

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 01:11

Jan. 25 - Dodger, Yankee stadiums have their grassy fields transformed into ice rinks to host outdoor National Hockey League games. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Preparations are underway for two outdoor National Hockey League games - but here's the catch. The games will be played in baseball stadiums. Kicking off the NHL Stadium Series, the Los Angeles Kings will take on the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium Saturday. It's a unique scene for sunny California. And organizers are hoping the temperature dips under 55 degrees when the puck drops. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DON RENZULLI, NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF EVENTS, SAYING: "What you see out there right now is a reflective blanket and thermal on the bottom to keep that ice cold all day. And once the shadows come off that cover the ice, then we'll remove those and the ice guys will get back to work maintaining the ice. But the truck will maintain the temperature that we need to keep this thing going throughout the day." Yankee Stadium is also being revamped for the good ol' hockey game on Sunday. The New York Rangers will face off against the New Jersey Devils, and then battle the New York Islanders on the 29th. Crews are making sure the ice is ready for action - all the while, bundled up for warmth in the below freezing temperatures. A far cry from summer baseball.

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Baseball stadiums gets temporary facelift to host hockey

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 01:11