LA Kings play first game after lockout at Staples Center this weekend
The Kings will play their first came of the 2012-2013 season at Staples Center on Saturday.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — After an approximately four-month lockout, the NHL will resume season play this weekend. The he L.A. Kings will have their first game on Saturday at noon at the Staples Center against the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Kings typically 82-game season has been shortened to 48, and with the lockout having ended only a week ago, teams have had little time to practice.
For the Staples Center, the return of the NHL not only means an influx of passionate hockey fans and a busier schedule -- it means more concession sales; specifically, beer and ice cream.
"A lot of our ice cream sales are high during Kings cames which you would think in the cold arena you would tend to go away from that and more the hot items but we get most of our ice cream sales in the Kings games," said Executive Chef Joseph Martin, who oversees all Staples Center and Nokia Theatre events.
As far as basketball goes, the Clippers are a beer crowd like the Kings, and the Lakers... more of a cocktail crowd, said Martin.
In an unscientific survey Blogdowntown performed last year to find out what teams fans were the best tippers, many bartenders confirmed that Kings fans, in fact, were also beer fans. And, the most affable sports fans in the Downtown area.
Abe Kim, the manager of Hooters on Figueroa, said that at his restaurant Kings fans prefer to drink beer --domestic beer-- over any of the other choices from the fully stocked bar.
“[The Kings are] the best crowd,” said Angel Baez, a bartender at Wolfgang Pucks. Baez added that Kings fans like to eat too, and would often order full, three-course meals at her restaurant.
Last year was the first time the L.A. Kings won the Stanley Cup in their club's 45-year history. They beat the New Jersey Devils 6 to 1 in Game 6 of the Cup Finals.