Dodgers Sale On Track Despite MLB Concerns; Fans Avoiding Parking Lots in Record Numbers

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Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 7:11 PM

click to enlarge Frank McCourt: Show us your easements!
  • Frank McCourt: Show us your easements!
The Dodgers sale is still on track to close on April 30, as a bankruptcy judge approved the sale agreement today despite last-minute objections from Major League Baseball.

According to the tandem of @EricFisherSBJ and @BillShaikin, who were both tweeting the proceedings in Delaware, the attorney for Major League Baseball said the league is "concerned about the parking lot situation."

Well, that makes two of us. MLB asked for a delay so the league can look over the parking lot agreements, but Judge Kevin Gross denied the request. Gross also denied a request from the L.A. Times to unseal the parking lot easement.

So at least for now, Frank McCourt's arrangement with the new Dodgers owners is still classified as top secret. Which reminds us: How's the parking lot boycott going?

A record number of Dodger fans took public transportation to the game on Opening Day, thus avoiding a $15 charge to park in Frank McCourt's parking lots.

Give yourselves a round of applause, Dodger fans!

According to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, 4,326 fans took the Dodger Stadium Express shuttle bus from Union Station. That's up a whopping 41% from Opening Day 2011, when just 3,064 fans took the express bus. It's also a 108% increase over the ridership on Opening Day 2010 -- the first year of the shuttle's operations.

Rick Jager, an MTA spokesman, reports that the buses were able to handle the extra Opening Day demand. Last year, the buses handled about 1,400 fans per game, on average.

"It was really smooth," says Jager, who speculates that the increased ridership is due to "word of mouth."

We're certainly doing our part to get the word out. But just to recap: You can park at any of the park-and-ride lots on this map, and take the train to Union Station. Buses begin leaving for the stadium 90 minutes before game time, and come along every 10 minutes. The ride is free if you show your Dodgers ticket.

It's good for your wallet, good for the environment, and great for your peace of mind.

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