Los Angeles Dodgers Stadium
LA Dodgers Stadium – As the Los Angeles Dodgers make their run for the 2012 playoff season, Dodger Stadium celebrates its 50th year as the Dodgers’ home.
Even though the 50th anniversary fanfest took place in May, Dodger Stadium fans still can partake in the fun. Fans can vote for the 50 Top Moments in Dodger Stadium on the Dodger Stadium website. Currently playing is moment No. 25, which was the first concert at Dodger Stadium, The Beatles. Fans also can view the 50th anniversary logo and a photo gallery on the site.
Not just a home for the Dodgers, Dodger Stadium has housed many events in the past 50 years. Among the highlights include Elton John performing twice in 1975 to sell-out crowds, the opening ceremony of the 1991 Olympics, Pope John Paul II celebrating Mass in 1987, the Three Tenors performing in 1994 and KISS’ Psycho Circus Tour kickoff in 1998.
According to the Dodger Stadium website, more than 125 million visitors have walked through the stadium gates since 1962. The stadium seats 56,000 and has parking for 16,000 automobiles on 21 terraced lots adjacent to the same elevations as the six different seating levels.
After the 1995 baseball season, a state-of-the-art grass field was installed, housing more than 100,000 square feet of Bermuda grass. New moisture gauges monitored the field’s water levels. Dodger Stadium field was named best in baseball by Sports Illustrated in 2003 after a poll taken by Major League Baseball players. The stadium received 23.2 percent of the votes.
Other Stadium improvements throughout the years include new field level seats and an expanded dugout section with an adjacent club area in 1999. In 2003 a new scoreboard and control room were added and in 2006, every seat within the primary seating bowl was returned to the stadium’s original color. In 2008, new field level concourses and clubs were added, doubling the number of concession stands and restrooms. The additional of a Stadium-wide cooling system lowered temperatures in concession areas and hand dryers were added to existing restrooms. The Stadium lighting structure was replaced with a more efficient “green” system, reducing more than 95 percent of the light that falls outside of the Stadium.
In 1978, Dodger Stadium became the first ballpark to host more than three million in attendance. Even though other stadiums have since surpassed this number, more than 2.79 million fans have watched home game Dodger baseball per season for the past 45 years. Dodger Stadium has hosted eight World Series’ and the Dodgers have won four World Championships.