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SBD/January 9, 2013/Facilities
Dodgers Unveil $100M Worth Of Off-Season Renovations To Dodger Stadium
Published January 9, 2013
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TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE: In L.A., Bill Shaikin reports the Dodgers will "expand concourses by removing the last two to four rows of seats on each level." The Dodgers under a city permit are "limited to 56,000 seats, although that capacity was exceeded" when former Owner Frank McCourt "installed baseline box seats." The renovations are "limited not by what the new owners can afford but by what construction crews can accomplish in one winter." Kasten said, "We also left out about another 100 things." Smith said that the Dodgers "have enough space to accommodate whatever modern money-makers the owners might want to add -- for example, the shops, restaurants and team museum McCourt had proposed beyond center field" (L.A. TIMES, 1/9). MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reported the Dodgers will "go green by installing new water valves, low-flush fixtures, waterless urinals, hand driers, automatic faucets and new power and lighting energy efficient systems." Playground areas will be "created for children in the pavilion and Reserve Level that will include life-size bobbleheads." Smith said that the franchise's history will be "celebrated by displaying retired uniform numbers at the Top of the Park, giant World Series rings representing the six World Series championships and a display of Gold Glove, MVP and Cy Young Awards at the Dugout Club as 'an inspiration to fans and players'" (MLB.com, 1/8). In L.A., Steve Dilbeck notes Smith "previously worked" at Fenway Park, Turner Field and Camden Yards. She said that the difference in her charge this time was the others were "concerned with revenue-generating features, while this renovation was focused on improving the stadium for fans." Kasten said that he "was hopeful after the renovations have been completed, Dodger Stadium will be considered to host an All-Star game, something it hasn’t done since 1980." However, Kasten did "ask for some patience from fans during the first homestand or two" (L.A. TIMES, 1/9).