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Old January 8th, 2013, 10:38 PM   #141
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Here's more detail of the stadium enhancements:
  • The ability of fans and media covering games at Dodger Stadium to communicate will improve as a result of the new Wi-Fi and cellular antenna system that is being installed as part of a partnership with Major League Baseball Advanced Media.
  • The new sound system will provide for a much more enjoyable audio experience for fans as they listen to live and recorded music and announcements before, during and after games at the stadium. Sound will be directed to each seating section, minimizing echoes and migrating sounds outside the park.
  • The new video screens will be the first 10mm 1080p light emitting diode (LED) displays in MLB. While the new scoreboard structures will be 22% larger, the active viewing area of both video boards will be 66% larger than before, thus providing the capability for a greater amount of video content and statistical information than ever before. Driven by a new high-definition broadcast quality control room, the scoreboards will feature the latest outdoor display technologies which will offer some of the most impressive visuals in all of sports. The original distinctive hexagonal shape which presently only exists in right field will be restored to both boards.
  • Two to four rows of seats will be removed from the back of the Field, Loge, Reserve and Upper Reserve levels to provide greater walking space on each concourse, as well as more wheelchair locations and “drink rails” for fans who may wish to leave their seats during games and explore the stadium.
  • Restrooms will be expanded, renovated and ADA compliant on the Loge, Reserve and Upper Reserve levels and in the Pavilions. There will be an average increase in fixtures of 62 per cent for women and 32 per cent for men. Family or Unisex restrooms will be created for each level at the stadium. Restrooms in the outfield will be relocated under the Pavilions which will be more convenient for fans.
  • The Dodgers will also be going green instituting many measures toward being energy efficient. Included in the plans are new water valves, low flush fixtures, waterless urinals, hand driers to eliminate paper waste, automatic faucets to control water flow and new power and lighting energy efficient systems.
  • The Dodgers also will increase the number of positions for wheelchair patrons. Each position will have a companion seat and will also be positioned so these patrons can see the game, even if someone stands up in front of them.
  • One of the “most fun things” among the enhancements, according to Senior VP of Planning and Development Janet Marie Smith, is the bullpen overlooks that will enable fans to socialize while watching the game from a location above the bullpens where there will be dramatic field views. Each entrance, including the center-field entrances, is being given careful attention to create better circulation and enhanced concession and retail spaces.
  • Playground and interactive areas for children also will be created at both the Pavilion and Reserve levels that will include life-size bobbleheads, oversized World Series rings and retired number displays.
  • The players will appreciate the renovation doubling the size of the footprint of the existing clubhouses, enhance their training room and home batting cage and add a batting cage for visiting teams so they won’t have to share the Dodgers’ batting cage.
  • The Dodgers will display many of the team’s historical items for the first time. Fans will be able to enjoy Dodger memorabilia and artifacts such as MVP awards, Cy Young awards and Gold Gloves awarded to Dodgers.
  • A new retail store will be built at the Top of the Park location behind home plate. This will be open daily on a regular basis along with the Top of the Park ticket office. Tours of Dodger Stadium will be conducted daily from this location.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 11:04 PM   #142
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good changes. its a nice start.

If i recall correctly, there are actually something like 57,500 seats in dodger stadium, but the allowed capacity by the city is 56,000 so i cant imagine it will be much less than 56000 now
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Old January 9th, 2013, 12:17 AM   #143
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good changes. its a nice start.
What are some other things you would like to see?
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Interesting changes...mostly good.

Some changes of note, some already mentioned, and assuming we are to take the official render at face value:

- 4 new hexagonal billboards flanking each scoreboard. Not crazy about the idea, but at least they will be themed to match the classic scoreboard shape.

- Circle-shaped ads will remain on top of the scoreboards. LED? No info yet.

- Expanded bullpens. Will they be deeper and wider? If they're wider, that means the last section of the field level seats will be slightly reduced in size. (LA Times diagram appears to show this)

- Bullpen overlook gathering areas will have billboards above them, as well as a small roof mimicking the "zig-zag" roof of the pavilions. Love the roof idea, not crazy about the billboards.

- Ivy in bullpens to be removed and replaced with blue walls

- Team shop "tents" behind the bullpens appear to be gone! YES!

- New continuous advertizing on the fascia of the pavilions replacing the smaller individual ads.

- Black batters eye screen will be replaced with a solid Dodger Blue wall with LA logo.

- Rectangular scoreboards under the main boards will be much bigger.

- Line score and BSO indicator look to be moved from main board to the board underneath.

- Clock appears to remain on top of main RF board

- ALL 5 Scoreboards will be 10mm 1080 HD, the highest resolution of any scoreboard in MLB

Now here are the two things in that render that don't jibe with what has been said by Kasten:

1. The foul territory appears to be the same as before, but he said that it will be increased by about 6 feet beyond the dugouts. I would assume this would be accomplished by removing the first row of seats (flush with the camera well in the render).

The initial render released a few days ago showed the new outfield wall scoreboards running the entire length of the pavilions, but the new render shows them the same size as before with static ads along the rest of the wall, again as before.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 05:59 AM   #145
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Here's the video from the presser:

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=25548155
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Old January 11th, 2013, 04:24 AM   #146
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Here is a more extensive interview with Janet Marie Smith, Senior VP of Planning and Development

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=25550211
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Old January 11th, 2013, 04:39 AM   #147
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- Ivy in bullpens to be removed and replaced with blue walls
Boy, I'm so glad that they are getting rid of that filthy ivy and replacing it with something nice and artificial.
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Boy, I'm so glad that they are getting rid of that filthy ivy and replacing it with something nice and artificial.
Har har.

I wonder how close that render is to the reality to be seen. I liked the "ivy" (actually trees, but whatever).

On second inspection, those yellow things I thought were ads (above the outfield wall) might be flowers. Don't really have much of an opinion on that except it would look better than the ads that were there before I suppose.

Now to the drama....12 weeks is not a lot of time to get all that work under the field level done...not to mention rebuilding the level itself. Me thinks this will go down to the wire...even Kasten himself seems to be nervous that they might not get finished on time.

I wonder what the contingency plan is in case the stadium isn't ready on time.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 05:58 AM   #149
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http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=25550211
nice video. im excited for the changes.

What i meant by my other comment was that its a good start cause ultimately, the main problem is access. i would love a rail line obviously, but for the short term, i would settle for a dedicated lane from union station to the stadium for the express bus. guaranteed 10,000 people would use it if it was a dedicated road .
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nice video. im excited for the changes.

What i meant by my other comment was that its a good start cause ultimately, the main problem is access. i would love a rail line obviously, but for the short term, i would settle for a dedicated lane from union station to the stadium for the express bus. guaranteed 10,000 people would use it if it was a dedicated road .
One of these to and from Union Station would be nice.



What's another $50M to these guys anyway?
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Old January 11th, 2013, 09:03 AM   #151
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It will still be 56,000. That's the max they are allowed to sell per their agreement with the city so despite the stadium actually holding more than that in recent years, the effective capacity was still 56,000 (they made the occasional exception to sell more tickets like on opening day and the playoffs). Even when they remove some seats for the concourses, it will still hold 56,000.
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I wonder what the contingency plan is in case the stadium isn't ready on time.
The opening games, April 1-2-3, are against the Giants. It probably wouldn't be that hard to swap that series up to The Phone Booth, in return for their first scheduled visit here on May 3-4-5. But if they do that, the Dodgers will have 18 consecutive home games, from April 26 to May 15.

And if they still aren't finished with the construction, the next home series is a weekender against the Pirates on April 5-6-7. If they needed to swap that one, the probable dates would be June 14-15-16, with a day off before they play at Yankee Stadium on June 18th.

After the Pirates, the Dodgers are on the road to San Diego and Phoenix until April 15th. (Boy, what a rough travel schedule!) So swapping those two series is not ideal, but doable without great hardship.
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And another video from the Dodgers on the enhancements:

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=25551277
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Both scoreboards have been removed, giving us a great shot of the San Gabriel Mountains.


A Loge Level women's restroom is getting a makeover.


A men's bathroom on the Top Deck gets gutted.


The top two rows of the Reserve Level have been removed in order to make the concourses larger.


The concrete has been poured, which will serve as the foundation for the lower level of the Dodger clubhouse.
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The framework of the Field Level is beginning to come together.

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The new scoreboard support is up.



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damn they are moving fast
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Before and after will be good to see.
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