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Dodger Stadium Draws 41,107 For Monster Energy AMA Supercross Event

The "hallowed grounds of one of the most iconic venues in sports was the center of the action sports universe" Saturday, when the third leg of the '11 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series took place at Dodger Stadium, according to Chris Palmer of ESPN L.A. It was a day "unlike any other in the sport's 39-year history," as Ryan Villopoto beat James Stewart "in front of 41,107 enthusiastic fans at the inaugural race at Chavez Ravine." Supercross writer Eric Johnson: "I've never felt this kind of electricity in the air. ... Being here at Dodger Stadium is a transcendent moment in the sport." It had been 14 years since L.A. last hosted a supercross event, and "whether supercross will return to Dodger Stadium remains to be seen." The show "will go to Oakland next week and eventually to the season finale in Vegas," but "conjuring up this kind of magic will be tough." The stars "aligned to make the inaugural race at Dodger Stadium one of the most memorable" (ESPNLA.com, 1/23). In L.A., Jim Peltz noted Dodger Stadium's seating capacity is "about 56,000, though a few thousand seats along the foul lines, which were next to the track, were blocked off for safety reasons" (L.A. TIMES, 1/23).

DODGERS SELLING OUT? In L.A., Tom Hoffarth wrote Supercross "crossed the line," as Dodger Stadium was "transformed into a giant truck stop." Hoffarth: "We shouldn't assume the Dodgers, first-timers in this undertaking, sold their souls to a lime-green energy drink/transmission fluid. ... We have no ballpark figure on what the Dodgers ownership stands to gain from this self-infected wound. We just now realize that, having seen it all unload, we doubt we'd have done this if we owned the place." Hoffarth added, "We can only wonder how low this could go from here" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 1/23).
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