A staple in not only Los Angeles sports, but in sports around the world, is finally getting the makeover it so rightly deserves. Our beloved Dodger Stadium is currently undergoing renovations which are set to modernize Chavez Ravine and provide a better fan experience.
With everything that is currently underway at blue heaven on earth, a message must be given to the Dodgers ownership: Took you long enough.
When you think of the biggest venues in baseball, a few names come to mind. But if you had to narrow it down to two, a good majority of fans would arguably rank Dodger Stadium up there with the original Yankee Stadium. That being said, what took so long to give it the renovations befitting of a legendary stadium? Of course, one would argue that with the constant dilemmas of the past few years (change in ownership, payroll issues and not to mention the whole McCourt divorce debacle), there was no time, nor resources, to begin remodeling what has been the Dodgers’ home since 1962.
We all love the all-around feel we get of Dodger Stadium as soon as we walk through those gates; the smell of Dodger Dogs grilling, the sticky floors due to frequent spilling of food and other objects, and of course, the long, overcrowded lines in the restrooms while listening to Vin Scully call the game while you’re doing your business. As much as we’ll miss all these things, it’s safe to say that we are looking forward to change.
Those of us that bleed blue are excited to view gameplay stats on the new electronic scoreboards, which will dwarf their predecessors by 22 percent in size and 66 percent in definition, hear Nancy Bea’s organ prowess even clearer through the new sound system, and post our gameplay experience on our respective social networks thanks to the new wireless internet connection.
It may seem like there is a lot of griping going on about the tardiness of the renovations, but when it’s all said and done, we must thank Magic Johnson and the rest of Guggenheim Baseball Management for giving us a top-tier stadium to go with what is set to be a top-tier team.