For the next outdoor game in LA between the Kings and Ducks, the NHL has made it clear that it's going to be different. One recurring statement has been that you will know you're in Southern California and they weren't saying that because the ice will melt.
The question is how was the NHL planning to achieve this besides palm trees in the background and the presence of Vin Scully at the game? Well apparently they found the answer: by turning the outfield into a beach volleyball court.
Sam O’Dea and Mike Watson have won the Men’s National Beach Volleyball Championship, played at the Mairangi Bay Beach Volleyball Centre over the weekend, while North Harbour's Danielle Quigley teamed with Rotorua's Melissa Ruru to take the women’s title.
In mild overcast conditions a small but animated crowd enjoyed two close finals. The New Zealand Beach Championships are the precursor to the International Tour starting next week at the Mairangi Bay.
The London 2012 heroine said replacing the greens at Leith Links Bowling Club with sand would create the first national beach volleyball base in Scotland and inject new life into a sport more associated with the sun-kissed bays of California than a grassy plot in Leith.