Stan Kasten: Outdoor hockey game at Dodger Stadium came together in two months.

Dodger Stadium

Dodger groundskeepers prepare the outfield at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News)

Dodger Stadium has already made way for motocross racing, rock concerts and Papal masses. Why not a little hockey game?

Adding to today’s announcement that the Kings and Ducks will play each other at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25 next year, Dodgers president Stan Kasten added his voice to the chorus of excitement Monday.

“I didn’t know they [the NHL] were going to get off New Year’s,” he said, referring to the traditional date for the annual Winter Classic outdoor game. “Now that they’re doing it, what a great thing to have Yankee Stadium and Dodger Stadium. Those are the places you want to have games.”

He had so few concerns about what the event would mean for Dodger Stadium, Kasten said the game didn’t even come up in a recent conversation with his friend Gary Bettman, the National Hockey League comissioner.

“They feel they’re the ones who will be providing the rink and all the support for it,” Kasten said. “If the Kings were confident in doing it in the regular season, that was good enough for me.”

Capacity for Dodger Stadium is legally limited to 56,000 for baseball games. Kasten said it remains to be determined if the number of seats will increase for the hockey game, and whether or not seats will be added to field level for the game.

Kasten said he was first contacted by Kings president of business operations Luc Robitaille two months ago.

“I’m very excited about it,” Kasten said. “It’ll be great for Dodger Stadium. It’ll be fun for not just Kings fans, but all fans because it’s a cool, fun event.”

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.