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Writer Feels Dodger Stadium Has Too Many "Traffic Nightmares" During Sellouts

In a review of the game day experience at Dodger Stadium, the L.A. TIMES' Bill Plaschke writes the “worst sporting experience” in L.A. is “driving into -- and out of -- a Dodgers game that fills a 56,000-seat stadium that is baseball's biggest and most unmanageable.” Yesterday marked the Dodgers' “10th sellout this season, which is 10 traffic nightmares too many.” The Dodgers have “won a surprising number of games while spending a stunning amount of money this summer, but none of that will fix their still-smarting public perception if they don't fix the gridlock, and they know it.” It is “easy to blame the parking on the Dodgers' owners, but we've been doing that for years and the parking still stinks.” The Dodgers “need to shrink the stadium,” which would result in “fewer fans, fewer cars.” Dodgers President Stan Kasten said, "We don't think the stadium is too small. We could lose seats and that would be fine. We haven't talked about chopping off a deck, but move some rows out to put something else in there." He added, "I like all the things that new stadiums have ... really wide concourses, a variety of concessions, the entertainment things that can appeal to fans when they get up and do their third-inning cruise" (L.A. TIMES, 8/22).
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