The Dodgers have just announced the newest improvements and upgrades to Dodger Stadium for the 2014 season. The first thing on the list that stands out in our mind is of course the new Tommy Lasorda Italian hot off the grill BBQ joint (located at the right field entry), which will allow our site namesake and hero to hang out and interact with fans. From what we’ve been hearing other players will be frequenting Tommy’s new digs as well. So make sure you check it out!
Other improvements include a brand new visiting clubhouse which has been moved near the visiting dugout, adjacent to the batting tunnels. Expansion of the entries at the field level. New seating and lounging areas overlooking the bullpens. Better infrastructure, and of course, new landscaping. I’m going to make sure to check out the Stadium Series Dodger Stadium game between the Kings and the Ducks as there may be some visible improvements by the game.
Check out the official list of the enhancements from the club below.
1. Expansion of the entries at the Field level, enabling all fans with Pavilion, Dugout, Field, Loge and Club tickets to enter the convenient entrances on the north side of the stadium. These new entries will also house new team stores and concessions and memorabilia to celebrate the team history, including its famous seasons in Brooklyn, NY, as well as its five-plus decades in Los Angeles.
2. Seating and lounging areas at bars and drink rails overlooking the bullpens in the outfield, giving focus to pitchers warming up as well as infield game views.
3. New food services with outdoor grills and specialty fare such as Tommy Lasorda’s Italian and hot-off-the-grill BBQ, areas where the Hall of Fame manager and other former players will spend time with fans.
4. An expansion of the popular Reserve Level “La Taqueria” stand near the kids play area at the left field Reserve entry.
5. Relocating the visiting team clubhouse to an area near the visiting team dugout at field level so that all visiting team areas are in a single new area adjacent to the batting tunnel, conditioning room and training area built in newly created space in 2013.
6. Continuing work on the upgrade of the electrical infrastructure that supports the 1962 stadium. In 2013, significant new equipment and substations were installed in coordination with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Work will continue this offseason to connect to the new equipment to improve safety and provide the best technology available for fans.
7. Enhancement of the ballpark’s landscaping. All 33 trees in the outfield area have been replanted on site and the Dodgers, the only team in baseball with a full-time arborist, will have three times as many trees in the outfield by April as before. The display of the famed “Three Sisters” behind the left-field bullpen will remain.
The first thing that I would do is locate Tommy’s new grill. Because you know that’s where everyone cool is going to be. Now I am hoping that by opening day, the cellular signals are better than they were last season. Although it seemed a bit better during the postseason last October. I am thrilled that the new ownership group is committed to not only upgrading and enhancing Dodger Stadium, but also preserving and protecting the original architecture, and tradition that makes Dodger Stadium the most beautiful Stadium in the world. Upholding Dodger tradition is and should be one of the most important tasks for the Guggenheim group as we move forward.
All Dodger Stadium upgrades and enhancements are expected to be completed in time for opening day on April 4th.