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DODGER STADIUM * RENOVATION PLAN


Los Angeles Dodgers

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1955, 1959, 1963, 1965, 1981
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McCourt unveils stadium makeover plan
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Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times
An architectural model displayed at Dodger Stadium shows the $500-million makeover planned for the stadium in Chavez Ravine.
Among the renovations, planned by 2012, would be a dedicated bus lane near the stadium and two parking garages plus additional underground parking.
By Bill Shaikin and Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
April 25, 2008
Dodgers owner Frank McCourt unveiled plans today for a historic makeover of the club's 275-acre Dodger Stadium site in Chavez Ravine, describing new features designed to transform the ballpark into a year-round destination for dining, shopping and recreation that will be fan- and environment-friendly.

At the same time, McCourt challenged civic leaders to follow his $500-million investment by extending bus and subway lines to the ballpark.

"The ultimate way to improve access to Dodger Stadium is public transit," McCourt said.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he would be happy to work with the Dodgers on finding ways other than driving to get people to Chavez Ravine.

"That clarion call, that challenge, I like that," Villaraigosa said. "Isn't it amazing that we built a public transportation system and it never connected to Dodger Stadium? Wouldn't it be great if we said, 'This city is going to also rectify the errors of the past and do something to change that'? I like that idea. Let's get working on it."

McCourt said that in addition to two parking garages and additional subterranean parking to replace the 2,000 spaces lost to construction, the renovations would include a dedicated bus lane running directly to a transit plaza adjacent to the stadium.

He also said he hoped local leaders would "tweak and adjust subway lines" to add a Dodger Stadium stop and provide "bus access in the interim."

City Councilman Ed Reyes, whose district includes Dodger Stadium, said the ballpark renovation "hopefully can stimulate a whole new transit system that gets us in and out of this great place."

McCourt said the Dodgers filed paperwork on Thursday morning to acquire the necessary permits for the stadium improvements and that he hoped to get approval by the start of the 2009 season. The project is scheduled to be completed in time for opening day in 2012.

Fifteen acres of the stadium's parking lot will be used to make room for the additions, resulting in the loss of about 2,000 spaces. But McCourt said there wouldn't be a net loss of parking during construction because of the extra spaces created by the reconfiguration of the roadways and parking lots.

The Dodgers have already received approval to move forward with the first phase of the project in the winter, which will be to renovate the loge level, as well as the home and visiting clubhouses. McCourt said the club is also considering installing high-definition scoreboards.

The improvements that will be made next off-season, he said, would be "comparable" in cost to those made this winter -- about $80 million.

McCourt said he wasn't concerned how the downturn in the economy might impact the returns on his sizable investment.

"Economies go up and down, they're not static," McCourt said. "We look at this thing in a very, very long-term, also generational fashion. We're not making these decisions based on what the economy is like today. We're making these decisions as huge optimists in the future of the Dodgers."

McCourt wouldn't say what else he saw in the future of the Dodger Stadium site, of which the stadium covers 16 acres and the renovations announced Thursday covering another 15. McCourt would not comment on whether he would pursue additional projects on the rest of the site and refused to say whether he would rule out residential development or the addition of an NFL stadium.

The NFL has long coveted the Chavez Ravine site.
 

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Nice to see they want to green it up a bit, the parking lot around it cuurently isn't to atractive, and it looks like they'll keep the bowl intact as is (nice to keep the classic look it has going)
 

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the MCCourts have done a great job of renovating Dodger Stadium every year. First they replaced all the seats and added box seats on the field, then this past year, they completely renovated the first level, and now this 500 million dollar renovation.

Also a very important aspect is that they are adding a Bus Transit stop right next to the stadium with a dedicated lane and everyone is trying to figure out how to extend the metro to the stadium, since that has been the major gripe of Dodger Stadium the in and out and the fact that a car was the only way in, hence some people arriving in the second and leaving in the 8th to beat traffic.
 

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the MCCourts have done a great job of renovating Dodger Stadium every year. First they replaced all the seats and added box seats on the field, then this past year, they completely renovated the first level, and now this 500 million dollar renovation.

Also a very important aspect is that they are adding a Bus Transit stop right next to the stadium with a dedicated lane and everyone is trying to figure out how to extend the metro to the stadium, since that has been the major gripe of Dodger Stadium the in and out and the fact that a car was the only way in, hence some people arriving in the second and leaving in the 8th to beat traffic.
You said the magical words!!! We all want a METRO extension to Dodger Stadium,.. or a light rail. I don't know about a bus line, but it's a start.



How bout a looped extension aerial track used only for game day, with a station cliff side?

No tunneling, it would have to be quite a tall track bridge to climb the hill on a feasable grade, and overlap the streets and 110 Pasadena Fwy.
 

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Ahhh, these bums will never make something like that happen, as long as McCourt is fishing $15.00 bucks for parking from me every time and the City is getting their share,.......alls well!




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great pics.
this 4 tier stand is really crazy
i mean every tier is a "real" tier
not a "fake" with just 8-10 rows
 

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ah beautiful Dodger Stadium!! i was there last night, and the renovations to the first deck concessions and bathrooms are nice and were sorely needed. Plans for the second, third and 4th tier as well as transit connections and a complete renovation of the parking lot is on deck and should be complete by 2012! ill post pics and articles soon.
 

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Hey Guys, click on this link to the LA Forum, Dodgers Stadium renovations thread to see more details on the planned changes.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=613788

http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/la/ballpark/next50/

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McCourt unveils stadium makeover plan
Brian Vander Brug/LAT​
Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times
An architectural model displayed at Dodger Stadium shows the $500-million makeover planned for the stadium in Chavez Ravine.
Among the renovations, planned by 2012, would be a dedicated bus lane near the stadium and two parking garages plus additional underground parking.
By Bill Shaikin and Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
April 25, 2008
Dodgers owner Frank McCourt unveiled plans today for a historic makeover of the club's 275-acre Dodger Stadium site in Chavez Ravine, describing new features designed to transform the ballpark into a year-round destination for dining, shopping and recreation that will be fan- and environment-friendly.

At the same time, McCourt challenged civic leaders to follow his $500-million investment by extending bus and subway lines to the ballpark.

"The ultimate way to improve access to Dodger Stadium is public transit," McCourt said.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he would be happy to work with the Dodgers on finding ways other than driving to get people to Chavez Ravine.

"That clarion call, that challenge, I like that," Villaraigosa said. "Isn't it amazing that we built a public transportation system and it never connected to Dodger Stadium? Wouldn't it be great if we said, 'This city is going to also rectify the errors of the past and do something to change that'? I like that idea. Let's get working on it."

McCourt said that in addition to two parking garages and additional subterranean parking to replace the 2,000 spaces lost to construction, the renovations would include a dedicated bus lane running directly to a transit plaza adjacent to the stadium.

He also said he hoped local leaders would "tweak and adjust subway lines" to add a Dodger Stadium stop and provide "bus access in the interim."

City Councilman Ed Reyes, whose district includes Dodger Stadium, said the ballpark renovation "hopefully can stimulate a whole new transit system that gets us in and out of this great place."

McCourt said the Dodgers filed paperwork on Thursday morning to acquire the necessary permits for the stadium improvements and that he hoped to get approval by the start of the 2009 season. The project is scheduled to be completed in time for opening day in 2012.

Fifteen acres of the stadium's parking lot will be used to make room for the additions, resulting in the loss of about 2,000 spaces. But McCourt said there wouldn't be a net loss of parking during construction because of the extra spaces created by the reconfiguration of the roadways and parking lots.

The Dodgers have already received approval to move forward with the first phase of the project in the winter, which will be to renovate the loge level, as well as the home and visiting clubhouses. McCourt said the club is also considering installing high-definition scoreboards.

The improvements that will be made next off-season, he said, would be "comparable" in cost to those made this winter -- about $80 million.

McCourt said he wasn't concerned how the downturn in the economy might impact the returns on his sizable investment.

"Economies go up and down, they're not static," McCourt said. "We look at this thing in a very, very long-term, also generational fashion. We're not making these decisions based on what the economy is like today. We're making these decisions as huge optimists in the future of the Dodgers."

McCourt wouldn't say what else he saw in the future of the Dodger Stadium site, of which the stadium covers 16 acres and the renovations announced Thursday covering another 15. McCourt would not comment on whether he would pursue additional projects on the rest of the site and refused to say whether he would rule out residential development or the addition of an NFL stadium.

The NFL has long coveted the Chavez Ravine site.


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A New Dodger Vision

Team Owner Announces Plans for $500 Million Stadium Renovation

By Anna Scott

Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt stood at center field of Dodger Stadium last week to announce a $500 million planned renovation of the 46-year-old ballpark.

On Thursday, April 24, McCourt was joined by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Council President Eric Garcetti, First District Councilman Ed Reyes and others to discuss the upcoming makeover. The effort is expected to get underway next year and wrap up by opening day 2012, in time for the stadium's 50th anniversary.

The announcement was significant not just for the size of the project and the scale of the investment, but for the message it sends about the team's future in the historic stadium. Ever since McCourt, a Boston real estate developer, acquired the team four years ago, there had been speculation that he might one day seek to move the team and create housing on the site.

Instead, McCourt discussed an expansive vision to improve the fan experience. Plans include an upgraded entrance, greenery, restaurants, retail and sustainable features.

McCourt said he expects the renovation to make the stadium a year-round, family-friendly dining and shopping spot. Part of the goal, he said, is to encourage people to come early and stay late on game days, which in turn could help ease traffic congestion.

"We will preserve Dodger Stadium's essential charm," said McCourt, while transforming the complex into "a lifestyle destination."

Downtown leaders praised the plan.

Reyes, whose district includes Dodger Stadium, stressed the stadium's potential to complement efforts to green the Los Angeles River and other community initiatives, and to create new jobs.

"Everything that you're doing is going to be about this holistic approach, and creating change in our city," Reyes told McCourt and his wife, Dodgers President Jamie McCourt.

Central City Association President Carol Schatz added, "Dodger Stadium, from our point of view, is the northern edge of Downtown. It will be a great resource for the Downtown community."

Green Necklace

Key elements of the renovation, which is being designed by a team led by architecture and planning firms Johnson Fain and HKS, start at the park's main entrance, which will be enhanced with trees and other landscaping.

Inside stadium gates, a landscaped grand plaza beyond center field will connect to a promenade called Dodger Way. It will feature restaurants, shops and a Dodger museum.

A so-called "green necklace," a landscaped outdoor walkway on what is currently several acres of surface-level parking lots, will encircle the perimeter of the stadium and connect to Dodger Way. Two new garages will replace the 2,000 spaces in the lots.

The walkway will also connect to a large, outdoor plaza showcasing views of the Downtown skyline, the Santa Monica Bay, the Santa Monica and San Gabriel mountains and the Dodger Stadium playing field.

The project will aim for certification through the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program, and feature sustainable elements such as recycled materials, water-saving measures and possibly solar power, said architect Scott Johnson of Johnson Fain, which is headquartered near the stadium in Chinatown.

"But the hugest thing" the design team is doing in relation to the environment, he added, "is keeping the stadium intact."

Off-Season Construction

Dodger Stadium opened in 1962, four years after Walter O'Malley moved the team to Los Angeles from Brooklyn. The 56,000-seat stadium was the key to O'Malley's vision, and established Major League Baseball on the West Coast.

O'Malley's son Peter eventually took over the team, and in the mid-1990s began exploring plans to build a football stadium in the Dodger Stadium parking lot in the effort to help return the NFL to Los Angeles. However, after initially receiving city support, momentum swung to the Coliseum as the next site for NFL football. O'Malley said the experience was part of what led him to sell the team to Fox. The company in turn unloaded the stadium and the team to McCourt.

The project team filed its city applications last week, said Johnson, and expects to obtain all the necessary approvals to begin work in the fall of 2009. Construction will unfold mostly during the off-seasons, said McCourt, and will not interfere with Dodger games.

McCourt said that the renovation is privately funded but declined to give further details about the project's budget or financing. He did, however, say that the improvements will not be reflected in ticket prices, which currently range from about $10 to $150.

"This has nothing to do with ticket prices at all. We look at it as providing more value for the ticket holder," said McCourt. "This is an opportunity to grow the business here." The project also will not increase the stadium's seating capacity, he said.

The new plans come on the heels of smaller upgrades that began when McCourt took over the Dodgers in 2004, including a recently completed $75 million overhaul of the Field Level concourse, new seats throughout the stadium and a new playing surface, new dugouts and more. Additional improvements are expected to be complete before the 2010 season.

Last season, Dodger Stadium hosted nearly 4 million fans, and officials have said they hope to hit that number in the coming years.

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Source: Los Angeles Downtown News
 

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Way ahead of it's time, and just gorgeous. Nice to see the exterior renovations going ahead, I was ecstatic when the interior was renovated back to the original color scheme.
 
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