Many of the upgrades center on updating technologies.
High definition video boards, a new sound system, a state-of-the-art Wi-Fi network, and a cellular antenna system to support cell-phone and internet connectivity for mobile devices will be installed.
“Dodger Stadium is a treasured piece of the Los Angeles community and we will respect that heritage while restoring and enhancing the venue for our fans in the 21st century,” Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten said.
Wider concourses and additional locations for wheelchair-bound fans and their companions are on the docket, as are expanded and renovated restrooms.
The organization will put in new Field Level entry plazas and bullpen overlooks to create standing room areas from which fans can watch the game.
“The mission of Dodger ownership is to create ways to enhance the experience for all of our fans,” Kasten said.
Dodger players will see a difference too as a new team clubhouse is in the works with expanded and enhanced training/conditioning areas. Both the Dodgers and the visiting teams will receive new batting cages.
Los Angles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa trumpeted the plan and the team’s ownership.
“Dodger Stadium is a jewel in the heart of Los Angeles. It's a place where Angelenos from all walks of life have come together for decades,” Villaraigosa said. “I'm very pleased to see that the team's owners are investing in exciting and needed upgrades that will help attract new fans and refresh this civic icon.”
Dodger Stadium’s improvements are being overseen by Janet Marie Smith, the club’s Senior VP of Planning and Development. Smith is known throughout baseball for her work on Fenway Park, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and the Braves’ Turner Field. Her accomplishments are recognized in Baseball’s Hall of Fame.
Kasten and the ownership team have significantly improved the Major League roster, Minor League scouting and player development, and seem focused on continuing the improvement on all aspects of the organization.
The lifelong baseball man seems to understand the power of the Dodger name and the value embracing the history of the brand.
“When the improvements are completed, the stadium will retain its classic look, but it will have a more comfortable feel.”
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