Dodger Stadium Clubhouse Much Improved With New Batting Cage, Weight Room
What "could be the most impressive feature" of the more than $100M renovations at Dodger Stadium "can't be seen by the public: the home clubhouse,” according to Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. TIMES. Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez said, "It's probably the best clubhouse in baseball. Something comes up, we feel bad to even bring it up now." The players' dressing quarters “aren't much larger than they used to be.” But the room is “only one in a subterranean maze that was created by” Dodgers Senior VP/Planning & Development Janet Marie Smith. The area of the “entire clubhouse has doubled.” Under the field-level seats is “a new batting cage, as well as a spacious weight room befitting a college football team.” Meals, which “were catered, are now prepared by a chef in a kitchen” (L.A. TIMES, 4/4). In L.A., Chris Erskine wrote Smith has “done some good work” at the stadium, in particular “not mucking up the essence of the place, which is respectful of the game and the remarkable men-children who play it.” Smith said, “You don't need a focus group; you don't need a survey. You just need to walk the park and listen to the fans." Erskine wrote the renovation is a “good job overall with the visuals, with the ‘drink rails,’ but concessions need some work and those popular beer carts seem positioned in the worst possible places” (L.A. TIMES, 4/3).