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Red Sox-Dodgers Sellout Could Break MLB Attendance Record

Dodgers Raise Capacity Of Exhibition
Game At L.A. Coliseum To 115,000
An early sellout for the Red Sox-Dodgers' March 29 exhibition game at the L.A. Coliseum has led the Dodgers to put an additional 25,000 tickets on sale Saturday, "increasing the capacity to 115,000" for the game, according to Steve Springer of the L.A. TIMES. In what would be "the biggest crowd to watch a baseball game," many of the additional tickets will be standing-room only, with people "allowed to stand under the arches at the peristyle end and on the grass behind the right-field wall." Tickets also will be sold for peristyle seats. Ticket prices have dropped from $25 to $15, with some standing-room tickets available for $10. If the game is a sellout, it would break a 49-year-old record set by the Dodgers in a '59 exhibition game against the Yankees, also at the Coliseum, when 93,103 fans turned up. ThinkCure President Janet Clayton, whose organization is the Dodgers' fundraising charity for cancer research, estimates that "$1[M] could be raised from the Coliseum game." The Dodgers will match the final total (L.A. TIMES, 2/28).

FAREWELL TO FLORIDA: The Dodgers throughout Spring Training will honor their fans, legendary players, coaches, managers, execs and local officials as part of a month-long opportunity to say thanks for 60 years at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida. During the seventh-inning stretch of each home game, the Dodgers will honor the longtime employees of Dodgertown, including five who have worked there for more than 25 years. A different Dodger legend will be honored during pregame ceremonies each game, beginning with '62 NL MVP Maury Wills, who will be honored prior to today's game against the Braves (Dodgers).

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