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Why do LA games start at 7:30 local time?

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11-07-2013, 10:28 PM
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Why do LA games start at 7:30 local time?

Basically every team starts their home games at 7:00 (except weekends), but it seems like LA consistently starts theirs a half hour later. SJ and Anaheim do it sometimes too, but LA is pretty much automatic.

You'd think they'd try and start as early as possible so people can watch on TV.

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11-07-2013, 10:29 PM
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Traffic. Seriously.

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11-07-2013, 10:30 PM
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Traffic. Seriously.
never even been to Cali and I know this. I imagine its the case wherever a lot of fans commute through a metropolis on a busy evening.

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11-07-2013, 10:30 PM
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Basically every team starts their home games at 7:00 (except weekends), but it seems like LA consistently starts theirs a half hour later. SJ and Anaheim do it sometimes too, but LA is pretty much automatic.

You'd think they'd try and start as early as possible so people can watch on TV.
The Lightning have been doing it for years.

It allows people time to get to the games after work.

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11-07-2013, 10:31 PM
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Ottawa games start at 7:30

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11-07-2013, 10:36 PM
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The Oilers do it too.

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Montreal week games almost always start at 7:30. Week-end games start at 7.

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yeah, in ottawa the standard is usually 7:30 for weeknights, 7:00 on saturdays.

in ottawa a 7:30 start means you have time to go home after work, grab a bite/change/whatever, then head to the rink.

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Dallas 7:30 starts...

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11-07-2013, 10:41 PM
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yeah, in ottawa the standard is usually 7:30 for weeknights, 7:00 on saturdays.
Same for Detroit.

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San Jose start at 7:30 routinely. 7:00 home games are rare.

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Dallas 7:30 starts...
Up until this year, yep.

They're making an effort to start at 7 more from now on though. Still several 7:30 start times on the schedule though.

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San Jose start at 7:30 routinely. 7:00 home games are rare.
Yeah, people are always confused by 7:00 starts, like driving in rain.

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A lot of teams start at @7:30 to let rush hour traffic die down a bit. Where I live, right outside of Dallas, traffic can be worse at 6:30 than 5:30 on some days. I don't go to many Stars games because I'm a Kings fan but the 30 minute start time difference could make my drive go from 30 minute commute to closer to an hour.

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11-07-2013, 11:06 PM
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You'd think they'd try and start as early as possible so people can watch on TV.
Or they can start games at a time that is convenient for people, you know, in LA.

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go to a game in LA, stay at a hotel that is 20 miles away, leave hotel at 6.....you will know

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It's not an unusual start time for the league and for LA in particular, it's the traffic capital of the country.

Dodger games would start at 7:45 sometimes for that very reason.

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I didn't realize this was unusual?

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The Kings are hardly alone in this practice and anyone who has ever been to this city would sooner ask 'why don't they start at 8?' than suggest a move to 7.

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Traffic here is so ****ing bad. You have no idea.

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Traffic here is so ****ing bad. You have no idea.
Exactamundo

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I didn't realize this was unusual?
It's not.

OP just isn't paying attention.

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Canucks games start at 7 or 7:30 PM sometimes. Quit your complaining.

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But ANA starts at 7 most of the time (unless I am way off here)

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