Dodger Stadium

If you are in Los Angeles, California, and are craving a nice, old-fashioned baseball stadium hot dog, head over to Dodger Stadium in Elysian Park at 1000 Vin Scully Ave to watch a ballgame! Home to the American baseball team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, this 113,000 square foot facility was opened in 1962 and is the third oldest baseball stadium in the U.S. behind Fenway Park in Boston, which opened in 1912, and Wrigley Field in Chicago opened in 1914. It is the biggest baseball stadium in the world, hosting 56,000 spectators at a time.

The stadium has been the host of two Major League Baseball All-Star Games in both 1980 and 42 years later, in 2022. So far, a total of 10 World Series have been played there as well as two World Baseball Classics semifinals and finals. There has also been a soccer tournament held in 2013 featuring the Los Angeles Galaxy team as well as Real Madrid, Everton, and Juventus from across the Atlantic, and an NHL hockey game in 2014.

When first coming to fruition, Walter O’Malley, the team president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, had petitioned Brooklyn city officials to allow him to build a domed stadium in New York but faced backlash for his land petition. He reached an agreement with Los Angeles, and residents were forced to give their land up by the city government through the use of eminent domain and funds from the federal Housing Act of 1949. In addition to the stadium, a public housing project was to be developed in Elysian Park with townhouses, schools, playgrounds, and a college.

After the political election in 1953, when Norris Poulson became mayor of Los Angeles, the housing project fell under scrutiny as a socialist idea and was abandoned. The land was bought back by the city, and the “Taxpayers Committee for Yes on Baseball” referendum was passed by voters. More residents, a majority of them Hispanic, were evicted from their homes in the Chavez Ravine to make room for the construction of the new Dodger Stadium in 1958. Residents fought for ten years to keep their homes.

Following Yankee Stadium, the Dodger Stadium was the next major baseball stadium constructed using private financing. An incredible amount of land was removed from ridges and used to fill the Sulfur and cemetery ravines where the parking lot was going to be located in order for it to be level. Rather than demolishing it, the Palo Verde Elementary School was buried underneath the parking lot that is northwest of the third base.

The stadium has undergone some extensive modifications, including a stadium-wide seat replacement following the conclusion of the 2005 season. The seats that were inhabiting the stadium were installed in 1975 and kept around to preserve a “space age” look and feel. Pairs of the seats were put on sale for $250, and donations from the funds were made to charity. There were plans made for a massive renovation of the stadium in 2008, but they ultimately fell through for a number of reasons that caused financial complications.

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