LOS ANGELES, CA
With a background that includes swaying palm trees and the San
Gabriel Mountains there is no other ballpark that you could be at
other than Dodger Stadium. It's the third oldest ballpark behind
Fenway Park and Wrigley Field, but Dodger Stadium looks as if it is
one of the newest stadiums in baseball while keeping its classic
charm. The Dodgers franchise was originally located in Brooklyn
where they played at Ebbets Field
for 44 seasons. Walter O'Malley purchased the team in 1950 and began
to work on having a new ballpark built for the Dodgers in Brooklyn.
New York City politicians prevented O'Malley from building a
ballpark here leading him to look at other options. During this time
period cities on the West Coast were growing tremendously, including
Los Angeles. City officials from here were looking to attract a
team. Unable to reach a deal to build a stadium in Brooklyn the
Dodgers moved to Los Angeles after the 1957 season, along with the
Giants who moved to San Francisco. A move to Los Angeles led to the
need for a new baseball stadium. In 1958 the city agreed to exchange
352 acres of land in Chavez Ravine to the Dodgers in exchange for
the team to build a 50,000 seat stadium. Construction on the
privately financed stadium began on September 17, 1959. While Dodger
Stadium was under construction the Dodgers played at the
Los Angeles Coliseum in front of
the largest crowds to ever watch a baseball game. Dodger Stadium was
originally to open in 1961 but landslides and lawsuits delayed
construction by a year. On April 10, 1962 the Los Angeles Dodgers
played their first game at Dodger Stadium against the Cincinnati
Reds when over 52,000 fans packed the five level structure. Not only
was Dodger Stadium home to the Dodgers during their inaugural first
year, but it was also the home of the Los Angeles Angels who played
here for three seasons before moving to Anaheim in 1966.
just a few miles from downtown Los Angeles, Dodger
Stadium is located in the valley of Chavez Ravine.
The stadium was constructed in the hillside with
parking lots surrounding the facility allowing fans
to enter the stadium on the same level as their
seats. Upon entering Dodger Stadium fans encounter a
stadium featuring five seating levels, all extending
from the left field foul pole to homeplate and to
the right field foul pole, except for the top deck.
The top upper deck stretches from the first base
side to the third base side. Bleachers are located
in right and left field and feature a wavy top roof,
one of Dodger Stadium's iconic features. Located
behind the bleachers in left and right field are
another one of the stadium's iconic features, two
jumbo hexagonal HD video-scoreboards.
Stadium changed little during its first three
decades of existence, with the exception of its
original wooden seats replaced with plastic ones in
the 1970s. By the start of the 21st century that
changed. Before the start of the 2000 season, new
field level seats down the foul lines beyond the
dugouts and a new expanded dugout section, known as
the Dugout Club was added. After the 2004 season the
dugouts were pushed forward allowing for several
additional rows of Dugout Club seats to be added and
additional seating down the foul lines. This project
added roughly 1,500 seats to Dodger Stadium but kept
the seating capacity at 56,000. The change that most
people noticed occurred before the 2006 season when
all of the seats were replaced at Dodger Stadium.
The seating bowl returned to its original seating
color from 1962: yellow, light orange, turquoise,
and sky blue. Additionally, box seating was added to
the baseline area and the stadium bowl concrete was
repaired, resurfaced and refinished. This $20
million renovation project also included the terrace
picnic area that seats 500 people outside the Loge
level seating entrance.
In August 2007, the Dodgers announced the next phase
of renovations to Dodger Stadium that widened the
concourses and expanded the number of concession
areas and restrooms. Before the 2008 season,
renovations were completed on the field level that
included two new Baseline Box Clubs. Prior to the start of the 2013 season $100 million
was spent by Dodger ownership upgrading Dodger
Stadium. These improvements included new HD
video/scoreboards in right and left field, a new
sound system, wider concourses, new restrooms and an
upgraded home clubhouse that includes new batting
cages and weight rooms. New for 2014 are bullpen
overlooks that provide seating and lounging areas
with a view of the bullpen. Gone are the white tents
behind the bleachers in the outfield, replaced with
a new Dodgers team store.
Since it's opening,
Dodger Stadium has remained one of the cleanest and beautiful ballparks
in the country. Not only is it given a fresh coat of paint each
year, but the team employees a full time arborist to
care for the landscaping surrounding the stadium.
One might be surprised that the views behind the
outfield could have been eliminated as Dodger
Stadium was designed to be expandable to seat 85,000
fans. Original plans of the stadium also included a
picturesque fountain in center field in which vari-colored
spotlights would have played on the cascading waters if a Dodger
player had hit a homerun.
Stepping into Dodger Stadium today is almost
like stepping into it as if it were 1962 again. The stadium has been
the home to four Los Angeles Dodgers Championship teams and 11
National League West Division title teams. Hall of Fame manager,
Tommy Lasorda, along with Sandy Koufax, Don Sutton, Orel Hershiser
and Mike Piazza are just a few of the greats that have called Dodger
Stadium their home. The atmosphere found at Dodger Stadium is hard
to find anywhere else in baseball and although it is more than 50
years old, Dodger Stadium still ranks as one of MLB's top ballparks.
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World Series: 1963, '65, '66, '74, '77, '78, '81, & '88
Koufax's perfect game on September 9, 1965.
attract 3 million fans in 1978, a first in
Gibson's ninth inning homerun in Game 1 of the
'88 World Series.
Award winners Don Drysdale, Eric Gagne, Orel Hershiser, Sandy
Koufax, Mike Marshall & Fernando Valenzuela.
Cardinals' Fernando Tatis's two grand slams in one inning in 1999.