Before the 2006 season, Dodger Stadium replaced all of its
seats with more retro looking seats that matched the original
colors. Seen in the picture to the left, new rows of seats were
added to the 1st and 3rd baselines, and behind home plate.
The new seat additions are similar to box seats of old baseball
It began with Dodger President
Walter O'Malley's vision nearly five
decades ago and remains one of the
crown jewels in professional sports
and a landmark to West Coast
expansion in Major League Baseball.
Since 1962, the beauty of Dodger
Stadium has awed spectators with a
breath-taking view of downtown Los
Angeles to the south; green,
tree-lined Elysian hills to the north
and east; and the San Gabriel
The 56,000-seat Dodger Stadium has parking for 16,000 automobiles on 21 terraced lots adjacent to the same elevations as the six different
More than 3,400 trees cover the 300 acres of beautiful landscape, which is maintained by a full-time staff of gardeners. The Dodgers employ
a full-time grounds crew and maintenance staff that keeps all aspects of the stadium in immaculate condition throughout the season making
Dodger Stadium one of the best maintained facilities in the country.
In January 1999, the Dodgers announced a program of investment and limited renovation of Dodger Stadium to help make it more
economically competitive with other ballparks across the nation. By the start of the 2000 season, the Dodgers added new field level seats
down the foul lines beyond the dugouts and a new expanded dugout section with an adjacent club area. In addition, suites were added on
the Club Level to provide amenities that are now available at every other Major League ballpark. In 2003, a new scoreboard, DodgerVision
video board and cutting edge control room were added to enhance the overall fan experience.
The Dodgers installed a brand new state-of-the-art grass field after the conclusion of the 1995 season for the first time since the stadium
opened in 1962. Prescription Athletic Turf (PAT), created and installed by the Cincinnati-based Motz Group, used the latest agronomic and
engineering technology to manage field moisture through controlled drainage and irrigation. The 100,000 square feet of bermuda grass is
grown on pure sand, beneath which a vacuum chamber is laid over a water-tight plastic barrier that forcibly extracts water during heavy
rains. New moisture gauges monitor the field's water level in coordination with a microprocessor that controls drainage functions. A computer
controller has the ability to reverse the scenario and subirrigate when the sand's moisture reading drops below the optimal level.
Clearly, the changes have paid off, as the Dodger Stadium field was named the best in baseball by Sports Illustrated in 2003 in a poll of
Major League players. Of the responses, 23.2 percent of players rated Dodger Stadium as the best-quality playing field, more than twice as
many as any other stadium.
At the gates, more than 115 million fans have watched Dodger games at Dodger Stadium over 42 years, an average of more than 2.7 million
fans per season. Dodger fans have witnessed 3,257 regular-season games at Dodger Stadium, including a 1,899-1,439 (.569) record
posted by the Dodgers. In 1978, Dodger Stadium became the first ballpark to host more than three million fans in a season when the
Dodgers drew 3,347,845 in attendance. Following another three-million attendance mark in 1980, the Dodgers set the all-time Major League
season attendance record in 1982, drawing 3,608,881 fans. Toronto, Colorado and Atlanta have since topped that mark, but the Dodgers
can also boast seasons of more than three million in attendance from 1983-86, 1990-91, 1993 and 1996-2003. Eight of the top 25 NL
single-season attendance marks have been recorded at Dodger Stadium.
During the 20th century, the only privately-financed ballparks in Major League Baseball were Yankee Stadium (built in 1923) and Dodger
Stadium. Walter O'Malley and architect Emil Praeger set the stage for baseball's most popular and beautiful showplace when they began
designing the Dodgers' new home after moving to Los Angeles in 1958. The stadium opened its doors on April 10, 1962 and the Dodgers
won their first game at their new home the next day on April 11 when they defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 6-2. The Dodgers drew 2,755,184
fans at Dodger Stadium during its inaugural season.
Since then, Dodger Stadium has hosted eight World Series and the Dodgers have won four World Championships (1963, 1965, 1981 and
1988), eight NL pennants (1963, 1965, 1966, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1988), eight NL Western Division crowns (1974, 1977, 1978, 1981,
1983, 1985, 1988, 1995) and one NL Wild Card berth (1996).
The stadium hosted the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 1980 and the Olympic Games' baseball competition in 1984. The
eight-team competition during the 1984 Olympic Games marked baseball's greatest involvement in the Olympic Games to that point.
The Olympic spirit returned to Los Angeles again in 1991, as Dodger Stadium hosted the Opening Ceremonies for the United States Olympic
Festival. Later that summer, the stadium showcased the top amateur baseball players from around the world in the second annual
International Baseball Association World All-Star Game.
Dodger Stadium has been the site of several non-baseball major events, as Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass at Dodger Stadium on Sept.
16, 1987. Entertainers from around the world have performed there as well, such as KISS, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Bee Gees,
Elton John, Simon and Garfunkel, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Genesis, Eric Clapton, U2, the Dave Matthews Band and in August, 2003,
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Dodger Stadium also staged one of the world's greatest entertainment events in 1994 when
internationally renowned tenors Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti reunited for a spectacular concert performance
"Encore - The Three Tenors" with conductor Zubin Mehta.
In its early years, Dodger Stadium even staged other sporting events such as boxing, a basketball game featuring the world-renowned
Harlem Globetrotters and a ski-jumping exhibition. From 1962-65, the American League's Los Angeles (now Anaheim) Angels called Dodger
But the one constant has been Los Angeles Dodgers baseball, which was awarded the title of "Best Sporting Event" in 2003 by the Los
Angeles Daily News Readers' Choice Poll. In 2004, for the 43rd season, this grand ballpark will continue to welcome fans of all ages, as the
storied tradition continues.