Are you ready to play ball? The Dodgers will definitely be ready in an updated and “tricked-out” stadium. New owners brought in ballpark exec Janet Marie Smith to update the 50-year-old stadium, third-oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball.
Fans are already raving over/dissecting the upgrades such as 10 mm, 1080p LED video screens (in their original hexagonal shape) in left and right field, a sound system that minimizes echoes, more walking space on concourses, updated wheelchair seating and “drink rails'' for drunken, roaming fans.
“I love going to the Dodgers and with all the upgrades– I hope it will be as amazing as they say! I wouldn't root for any other team.” said fan Billy Vaughn.
Smith is building farrrrr more restrooms for women. And are you ready to tweet scores?
Good. A Wi-Fi system will be installed for those who can't handle being disconnected from their social media sites, and a cellular antenna system will make connectivity from mobile devices more fluid.
Restrooms will be expanded on the loge, reserve and upper reserve levels.
A staggering 62 percent more toilets and sinks for women and 32 percent more for men. Seriously. Probably the single greatest advance.
Does this all mean the Dodgers are staying in Chavez Ravine for the next decade or two? Nobody knows — but fans are beginning to speculate.
“At one point there was talk to make the stadium work for both football and baseball, but with the upgrades, it seems it will be the home of the Dodgers exclusively for some time.” said Dodger Fan Frank Schultz.
But meanwhile, the old stadium will seem newer. Family restrooms will be installed on all levels, while outfield restrooms will be moved under the pavilions. In an nod to energy efficiency, they are installing 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.
Tired of the same old snacks and food? Dodger officials haven't released any information on the “new additions” to the old favorites but will let you know when we do. One could imagine a larger Dodger dog, but we wouldn't want male fans becoming any more insecure by eating them.
Also look for new field-level entry plazas and a bullpen to create more standing room areas that provide a view of the game.
The updates will also benefit the players, with a new home team clubhouse that includes expanded and enhanced training areas, and batting cages for both teams.
“The mission of Dodger ownership is to create ways to enhance the experience for all of our fans,'' Dodger President/CEO Stan Kasten said in a press statement:
“Dodger Stadium is a treasured piece of the Los Angeles community and we will respect that heritage while restoring and enhancing the venue for our fans in the 21st century.”