I can't wait for the next homestand.
I live in Houston and have been to Dodger Stadium a few times (I'm a big Dodger fan) but when I watch baseball on tv it really is hard to watch a game without hearing Vin Scully's voice. Milo Hamilton here in Houston isn't bad, but Vin Scully blows him outta the water. He has to be one of the greatest announcers ever!
One of the most beautifull pictures of Dodger Stadium.
Question for Elvis and Lafferty Daniel, etc.
From the day it opened in 1962, the capacity of Dodger Stadium has always been listed as 56,000. Every stadium/arena in this country has had fluctuating seating capacities (+/- 1,000 or so) over the decades, and I’m not including the ones that have undergone major expansions. Chavez Ravine: 56,000, no changes, no matter what.
Even with the addition of those field level seats expanding the original field level some 10+ rows towards the diamond (and the obvious increase in capacity to the eyes), the capacity is still listed as 56,000.
Same thing with parts of the Pavilion seats closest to CF never being sold in order to increase the size of the Batter's Eye backdrop.
Is there some deed restriction, zoning law, fire law in City/County documents dating back 40+ years that states that the listed capacity must never go above 56,000? I would like to know.
I remember in South Florida when Dolphin Stadium first opened in 1987, there was some restriction (number of parking lot spaces?) that was placed leaving the stadium capacity at 73,000, with the last row of seats left uncompleted on purpose. The only exception was for the 1989 49ers-Bengals Super Bowl, where the last row was temporarily installed. Only in the early 1990’s were the seats permanently installed bringing the capacity up to its present 75,000.
Another example is the UM Hurricanes new basketball arena which can hold 10,000. However, City of Coral Gables (a very wealthy and exclusive city with ridiculously strict zoning laws where the UM campus is located) limited the number of seats to 7,000 the first couple of years in order to gauge traffic impacts on the neighborhood. Part of the reason why the arena took some 8 years to build.
If you can answer the Dodger Stadium question, it will answer something I’ve wondered about for almost 30 years.
I remember a stadium that was built on land taken (I call it stolen) from a family that farmed there for about 100 years. I remember a stadium that opened WITHOUT any water fountains (I wonder how many LA City officials bank accounts were enriched). I remember a stadium parking lot that charged drivers for for parking when having to make a U-turn to leave because the game was sold out, and they didn't have tickets already. I remember a parking lot that was next-to-impossible to exit properly, especially if you were unfamiliar with the routing.
I won't even mention the LLLLOOONNNNGGG lines at the concession stands for over-priced food and drinks.
I cant recall where or when I read it, but I definitely do recalling reading that when Dodger Stadium was being designed & planned, Walter O'Malley insisted on the design featuring an easy way to expand the seating capacity to 80,000, should he, or future team presidents so desire. To date, no one has put that to use, most people may not even know or recall that O'Malley wanted that as a design feature.
In thinking back to my 2 or 3 visits to Dodger Stadium, (as an Anaheim resident I am both more of an Angel follower, as well as a patron of the nearby California League teams in the "Inland Empire"; Class "A" minor league ball.) as well as the many many times I have seen pictures & TV broadcasts it seems O'Malley wanted to follow the ""Ebbets Field Model", so to speak. When Ebbets Field was constructed originally the deep left field stands did not exist, They were later added as an extension of the original main grandstand. By removing the 2 outfield Pavilions at DS & extending the original structure around in a natural continuation, you could probably easily add 24,000 outfield seats, maybe more.
I am amazed that McCourt hasnt already done *something* with all that room he has between the foul poles, be it more seating, a club type restaurant with field views, attractions for the fans, something that produces revenue. I am not saying I want to see the Pavilions gone, I am a purist. But if I owned the team, I'd be as hungry for more revenue as anyone, I suspect even most purists would feel the same were they in McCourt's shoes, or those of any other club owner.