The last time 56,000 strong were in the seats at Dodger Stadium, they saw an 0-1 fastball clear the fence in right-center field for a grand slam off the bat off of Nationals’ utility man Howie Kendrick. Washington took a 7-3 lead and the powerhouse Dodgers were shockingly bounced from the 2019 postseason.
Now, 20 months later, and after the heights of a once-in-a-century pandemic, Dodger Stadium will be back at full capacity once again.
As the Dodgers announced the full re-opening of the ballpark, Dodgers’ team president Stan Kasten shared his excitement for the news.
“We’re very excited about finally being able to open fully,” Kasten told OC Register scribe Bill Plunkett. “I know our fans have been looking forward to this for over a year. It means a lot. We’ve all been waiting for this. It’s another sign of returning to normalcy. It’s been a very long year and two, three months and this is just another hopeful sign for all of us, baseball fans and non-baseball fans alike.”
For the first 2 months of the season, the Dodgers have been able to welcome about 15,000 fans at the ballpark for home games. So far the team has played 22 of its 81 scheduled home games at Dodger Stadium. The next 75%+ games of the season will be (assumedly mostly) back to normal.
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