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LOS ANGELES (CBS) - California's most famous city is getting ready to make sports history as it prepares to hold its first outdoor pro hockey game on Saturday night.
Workers have been building the rink at Dodger Stadium, where there have been sunny skies for the past two weeks - not exactly hockey weather.
Dan Craig, the NHL's ice guru, is the man in charge of creating and managing the skating surface for the game between the LA Kings and Anaheim Ducks. His crew has been carefully layering the ice by night and then covering it with thermal protection during the day.
A refrigeration truck outside the stadium is constantly circulating 3,000 gallons of coolant to keep the surface at a consistent 22 degrees. Sensors in the ice help Craig monitor the temperature. "Melting" alerts go directly to his phone.
"Patience and staying positive," Craig said of the daily challenges his team faces. "When we first set up we were all good; but now as we get closer, failure is not an option.
The NHL has staged outdoor games before in cold climates like New York and Michigan. The games have proved highly profitable, according to the NHL, and it's estimated the game in LA could gross as much as $20 million.
Dodger Stadium has played host to a variety of memorable events including eight World Series, ski jumping, boxing and a mass with Pope John Paul II. The Beatles and Elton John have also rocked the stadium located in Chavez Ravine.
For "The Great One," Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky, it's a dream come true.
"I used to always say it would be so cool to see our game played outdoors in LA, people in shorts and T-shirts enjoying our great sport," Gretzky said.
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