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Dodger Stadium Likely To Continue Hosting Supercross Series Beyond This Year

Dodger Stadium will play host to second supercross race on Saturday
Regardless of who takes ownership of the Dodgers, it is likely that motorcycles "will still be racing inside" Dodger Stadium on the third weekend of January in the future, according to Keith Lair of the SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE. Feld Motor Sports, which "owns and promotes the AMA Monster Energy Supercross Series, will hold its second race in the venue on Saturday night." Supercross Dir Dave Prater, when asked if the contract could end once the Dodgers are sold, said, "I don't think so simply because it is signed. We'll have to wait and see with the new owner and their desires. But I doubt it." Saturday's race and the Feb. 18 Monster Jam truck show will be "part of the second year of a three-year contract, which has a clause for an optional fourth year." Dodgers Chief Revenue Officer Michael Young said of ending the agreement early, "I don't believe there is any reason. Financially, it has worked out great for both sides. I don't see any reason why it would not be extended." Young added that another reason "to keep the sport at Dodger Stadium is the ease in which the baseball stadium has been transformed into the supercross stadium." Last year's inaugural race "drew 41,107 fans in a facility that holds about 56,000." Prater said, "Everyone is open-minded that stadiums are multi-use venues. The days of only having baseball games in a stadium are over." Lair notes the supercross series also competes at Cowboys Stadium on Feb. 18 and Daytona Int'l Speedway on March 10 (SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE, 1/20). 
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