1000 Elysian Park Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90012
Telephone: (323) 224-1500
Baseball stadium (opened 1962)
About Dodger Stadium
The first privately financed major league baseball facility since Yankee Stadium in New York, Dodger Stadium is the famed home of the Los Angeles Dodgers, winners of eight National League pennants. Designed by Emil Praeger and built for $18 million, it was also home to the California Angels from 1962-65 before Anaheim Stadium (now Angel Stadium) was opened. It has welcomed more than 118 million fans in its first 43 years and was the first major league home field to host more than three million fans in a single season in 1980. In April 2005, the Dodgers were recognized by Guinness World Records Book as having registered the "Highest Cumulative Attendance for a Baseball Franchise," a figure that has now topped 167 million since 1901, when Major League Baseball began tracking official attendance.
In addition to hosting the Dodgers, the facility has been the site of major events including the 1984 Olympic baseball demonstration tournament, the opening ceremony of the 1991 U.S. Olympic Festival and concerts, the 1980 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, a mass with Pope John Paul II on September 16, 1987, and concerts by the Beatles (1966), Elton John (1975 and 1992), The Jacksons (1984) and The Three Tenors (1994), Dave Matthews Band (2001) and Bruce Springsteen (2003).
In 2004, the stadium underwent a $20 million limited renovation project that added approximately 1,600 seats on the field level. Many of the new rows of seating are just a few feet from the field of play itself. The new seating towards the brand new Dodger Dugout Club restaurant and bar which is lcoated right behind home plate. In addition, an LED scoreboard was installed from foul pole to foul pole along the base of the Loge Level, the largest of its kind in baseball.
Dodger Stadium underwent another restoration project prior to 2006, returning to the stadium’s original color palette from 1962. The project included the replacement of the 30-year-old plastic seats on the Top Deck, Reserved, Loge, and Field levels. The new baseline seating includes the traditional “box seating” which feature a table amenity. Finally, a Loge Terrace was created outside the stadium to provide a picnic area for fans to gather before and after games.
Dodger Stadim has also been used as the site for numerous commercial, television and motion picture shoots, as well as business conventions and seminars. The site has been host to many memorable moments, but it was the site of the greatest moment in Los Angeles sports history in 1988, as Kirk Gibson's pinch-hit home run led the Dodgers to a come-from-behind victory over Oakland in the first game of the 1988 World Series. The moment was selected as L.A.'s greatest in the Sports Council's poll in 1995.
There is seating for 56,000 in Dodger Stadium, surrounding a natural-grass field with a dirt infield. Dimensions include 330 feet down the lines, 385 feet to the power alleys and 395 feet to straightaway center.
•Location and parking:
Dodger Stadium is located in Chavez Ravine, just north of downtown Los Angeles. It is accessible from Sunset or Glendale Boulevards, the Golden State (5) Freeway, or the Pasadena (110) Freeway.
The stadium is owned and managed by the Dodgers. For information about stadium rentals, contact Lon Rosenberg, Director of Stadium Operations, at (323) 224-1351.
The stadium complex covers 300 acres in a park-like setting. The stadium offers 56,000 seats on Field, Loge, Club (and suite), Reserved and Top Deck levels plus outfield pavilions in left and right field. The famous "DodgerVision" videoboard above the left-field pavilion, measures 25 by 35 feet and was originally installed in 1980, with subsequent improvements.
There are 16,000 parking spaces in 21 terraced lots. There are multiple ticket sales locations outside the stadium and a main box office with ten windows. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets and on www.Dodgers.com.
There are locker rooms for the Dodgers, the visiting team, and umpires, as well as multiple meeting rooms available for administrative and hospitality functions, as well as the elegant Stadium Club. Additionally, there is an excellent press box and broadcast facility on the Club Level which is named after Hall of Fame Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully.
The Stadium offers multiple concessions throughout, in addition to the Dugout Club and Stadium Club. The club level is also equipped with multiple merchandise stands and a Dodger store. In 2004, the Travel Channel named Dodger Stadium as the world's best stadium for fine dining and in both 2003 and 2004, the Los Angeles Daily News awarded Dodger baseball as the "Best Sporting Event" in its annual readers' choice poll.