I bought a ticket to the NHL Stadium Series at Dodger Stadium. The bus I learned was not going to leave LAUPT until 90 minutes before the game. Since I wanted to see KISS before the game I had to come up with a plan. I decided to do my usual train ride in the morning getting a Metrolink Weekend Day Pass to come back from Oceanside first thing in the morning. I listened to Lets Talk Trains for the segment that I had not heard. Before I planned to take Metrolink 665 to Los Angeles then the Gold Line one stop to Chinatown before walking to Dodger Stadium. That was my plan to get there. I drove down to the Santa Ana station and watched a train that came into Santa Ana late.
Pacific Surfliner 572 heading down to San Diego.
Metrolink 665 pulled into Santa Ana and I boarded the train for the trip to LAUPT.
Two views of the new Anaheim ARTIC station under construction. I enjoyed the ride to LAUPT and all too soon we had arrived there.
Metrolink 665 at rest at LAUPT. I walked to the Gold Line station and my wait was short.
The Gold Line train arrived and I boarded for my one stop to Chinatown.
I detrained for the Gold Line at Chinatown. From here I went west on Collage Ave for three blocks then a right on Yates Street for two to a walkway over the CA 110 Harbor Freeway.
Downtown Los Angeles. I then walked up Stadium Way to the road into Dodger Stadium. This is where I came to the locked gate. I saw the first car in line only had three passengers and asked if I could join them. They said yes so we then talked baseball stadiums, concerts and Kiss Concerts that we had seen. At 3:00 PM the gate was opened and we drove after they paid up into the Dodger stadium parking lot and parked. I thanked them and said my goodbyes and I headed off to find the gate to enter the park.
The Stadium Series was over everything at Dodger Stadium.
I learned that the gates would not open until 4:30 PM so I sat down and made a few new friends while we waited. I did get to hear KISS doing their sound check for their show. At 4:30 PM I was one of the first people to enter Dodger Stadium and got a Dodger Dog and a Coca-Cola. I then went and found my seat or so I thought.
The little street hockey rink.
The game ice sheet was still covered to protect it from the direct rays of the sun.
On this stage KISS would play from out in Right Field.
They had beach volleyball in left field.
Two views for this seat in Dodger Stadium.
On the video screens they gave us Plays of the Week along with Saves and Hits of the week. They also showed the Top Twenty Winter Classic Moments as we waited.
The protection sheets are being taken off the game ice surface.
In 2012, the Los Angeles Kings became the first 8th seed to win a Stanley Cup and the first NHL Club to take 3-0 leads into all four playoff series.
The warmest temperature at the opening Face-off for an outdoor regular season game was 51 degrees Fahrenheit at Heins Field in Pittsburgh for the 2011 Bridgestone Winter Classic between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals. We wiped out that warmest record today with a game start temperature of 65 degrees tonight.
Two more views from this seat.
The protection sheets are still coming off of the game ice surface. I was told that was my seat but someone looked at my ticket when they came and told me I was one level down closer to the action. I moved to my rightful seat.
The kids are warming up to play their first street hockey game of the event.
You could see the Hollywood sign from this seat.
The kids have meetings with their coaches and the game ice sheet is exposed.
Another layer of ice is added to the ice sheet.
While the game ice is being taken care of, the kids start their game.
All this ice sheet needs are the goals but one more thing to do for the ice sheet.
The Zambonis now do their things to the ice surface.
The goals are added and now we would wait for the teams to take the ice for pregame warm ups.
The Los Angeles Kings came out of the third base dugout.
The Anaheim Ducks came out of the first base dugout.
The Anaheim Ducks warm up on their side of the ice sheet.
The Los Angeles Kings warm up on their side of the ice sheet.
Jonathan Quick 32 Member of the USA 2014 Olympic Men's Hockey Team.
Anze Kopitar 11 Member of the 2014 Slovenian Olympic Men's Hockey Team.
Drew Doughty 8 leading the LA Kings with 28:00 Minutes of game time and a member of Canada 2014 Olympic Men's Hockey Team.
Jeff Carter 77 Leads Team with 20 Goals this season and a memv=ber of the 2014 Canadian Olympic Men's Hockey Team.
Dustin Brown 23 Member of the USA 2014 Olympic Men's Hockey Team.
Those kids love to play street hockey.
KISS arrived to the back of their stage to be ready to start their pregame concert.
KISS started with Lick It Up.
Paul Stanley long time KISS member.
KISS playing on stage at the 2014 Stadium Series at Dodger Stadium.
Paul Stanley the rhythm guitar player is the Starchild.
Eric Singer is the current drummer.
Another view of the Starchild on the scoreboard.
Gene Simmons the Demon the bass guitar player is the other long time member.
The boys at the front of the stage.
Tommy Thayer is lead guitar player. Next the band played Rock and Roll All Night.
Rock and Roll All Night.
The Demon doing what he does best.
The ending of Rock and Roll All Night. KISS would be back at the end of the first period.
The USC Marching Band was ready to enter the stadium.
Next Vin Scully and Bob Miller welcomed us all to the 2014 Stadium Series at Dodger Stadium tonight.
Next the USC Marching Band entered the stadium and played two songs.
After that the teams marched into the stadium from centerfield.
As the USC Marching Band played on.
The Anaheim Ducks are doing their pregame skating.
The Los Angeles Kings are doing their pregame skating.
Jordan Sparks sang the Star Spangle Banner.
Both teams were lined up on their blue lines.
Two more views of Jordan Sparks singing the Star Spangle Banner.
Wayne Gretzky dropping the puck at the pregame face-off.
The Opening Face-off starts this game at Dodger Stadium. At 2:48 of Period One Corey Perry scored for the Anaheim Ducks. That was followed up by a goal at 8:12 by Matt Beleskey putting the Ducks up 2-0. Anze Kopitar of the LA Kings was awarded a penalty shot at 8:48 of the first period. This was the second penalty shot in the Stadium Series/Winter Classic game history.
Jonas Hiller stopped the penalty shot by Anze Kopitar and the teams left the ice at the end of the first period Anaheim 2 LA Kings 0. KISS soon returned to their stage starting this set off with I love It Loud.
KISS playing I Love It Loud. Next they played Detroit Rock City.
They ended Detroit Rock City with another excellent fireworks show. KISS did an excellent job of playing at the 2004 Winter Classic at Dodger Stadium.
The Zambonis did the ice surface during the 1st and 2nd period breaks of the game.
Five Minute Penalty played during the 2nd Period Break. The third period started still 2-0 Anaheim Ducks. I stayed until there was 10 minute left and I headed to the bus back to Union Station. The Ducks Andrew Cogilano scored a third goal at 18:31 of the third period. Final score Anaheim Ducks 3 Los Angeles Kings 0. It took us ten minutes to get out of the parking lot. This would take other buses much longer but we will get to that later. The bus made a special stop in Chinatown for a few passengers before returning me to LAUPT. I walked up to the train Pacific Surfliner 2796.
Pacific Surfliner 2796 which I then boarded. Our 11:00 PM special departure was held by station services for late running buses. We finall got the ok to leave at 11:44 PM and we left LAUPT at 11:47 PM. Station stops were brief and 43 minutes later I was detraining at Santa Ana.
Pacific Surfliner 2796 left Santa Ana and I headed home. I put the pictures on my computer and recharged the camera battery before I called it a night. At 5:30 AM I was up to go shoot Big Boy 4014 on the start of its trip to West Colton but that will be the next story.
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