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.
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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.
Last edited by sflnyc; 09-07-2007 at 08:42 PM.