As we all learned when in kindergarten, kings live in castles. When kings battle other kings and their armies, they leave their castle for the battlefield.
So, why am I pissed off when I see the Los Angeles Kings leave their papier mache castle? Why do I feel like cheering, but also like hiding my face?
I think it’s because I haven’t decided whether the Kings’ Castle is super awesome or super lame.
The first time I saw Kings’ Castle, I was embarrassed. I felt like the organization had phoned it in. The castle looked more like a high school play backdrop than a dramatic entrance for a professional hockey club.
The Red Wings have Al the Octopus, the Sharks have a fierce shark that they skate through, and the Kings have Taft High School’s student-built set from their 1999 production of ‘Curse of Gingerbread Castle’.
It was a unique idea (for the Kings, at least) that I felt had a lot of potential. For that, I think King Castle is kinda cool.
I mean, Kings coming out of a castle? I dig it. It makes the entrance a lot better than the typical grainy shot of the team walking through the hallway to the ice.
But to slap a $45 fake castle to the front of a doorway doesn’t really enhance the experience that much.
The Kings’ current entrance is indeed super lame. But it could easily be super awesome- here’s what I propose:
Hire a an actual Hollywood propmaster (not like there isn’t one to be found in LA) to build a 15-foot high castle facade that can be brought out and placed in front of the corner entrance- pump some smoke onto the ice, light some fire on both sides, and watch the boys emerge from the wooden doors onto their frozen battlefield.
C’mon guys, this is Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world. If we are being outdone by San Jose and Detroit, we should all be embarrassed. I don’t think this is too much to ask for.
Hell, Staples Center just got a new $10 million scoreboard (which I absolutely need in my living room, by the way). Maybe they can chip off $1,000 for an entrance to be proud of.
The Kings have stepped their game up on the ice, now it’s time for organization to step their game up for the fans.