Dodgers' Clubhouse Could Be Largest In MLB After Offseason Renovations
Dodgers President & CEO Stan Kasten yesterday shared details of the renovations at Dodger Stadium this offseason, and said the work on the team's clubhouse "might make it the largest in the major leagues," according to Bill Plunkett of the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER. The clubhouse renovations are part of the team's $100M "makeover" at Dodger Stadium this winter. Kasten said that the work "will almost double the square-footage of the old clubhouse." He said additions will include a "quiet room." Kasten added that other renovations include "a full kitchen (staffed by a chef and nutritionist), an interview room and a much larger workout area." Plunkett notes Dodger Stadium's bottom bowl of the seating area "had to be removed in order to expand the clubhouse." That phase of the work "is done and the lower bowl has been rebuilt." Kasten said that he "remains confident that all of the main components of the makeover will be in place in time" for the Dodgers to host the Angels in an exhibition March 28. He said final work on some things -- expanded concession stands, a play area for young fans, towers aimed at improving cell phone and Wi-Fi coverage at the stadium -- might "leak" into the season (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 2/19). MLB.com's Ken Gurnick noted "excavating a second level" of Dodger Stadium was necessary in order to expand the team's clubhouse "because the original design of the stadium was set in a natural bowl against the hillside, making access from outside the stadium impossible." Meanwhile, two batting cages will be "under the new clubhouse and, for the first time in stadium history, the visiting team will have a separate batting cage" (MLB.com, 2/18).