Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles opened up in 1962 and is now the third oldest ballpark and largest ballpark as far as seating. This stadium can seat 56,000 people at one time. It cost 23 million dollars to construct and was ready in less than three years.
This stadium is home to the Los Angeles Dodgers and it hosted the Major League Baseball All-Star Game back in 1980 and plans to do so again in 2020. The stadium was designed with earthquakes in mind and has withstood many severe earthquakes. It looks over downtown Los Angeles and you can also see the hills that are lined with trees of Elysian Park, as well as the San Gabriel Mountains.
Due to the location, there have been very few rainouts at the stadium making it a great place to host major baseball games. Dodger Stadium is known as a pitcher’s park and has had 12 no-hitters. The Dodgers won the world series in this stadium back in 1962. There have been five home runs that were hit out of the stadium. One of the home runs hit a bus in the parking lot and two other home runs were hit by the same person.
The stadium occasionally hosts events other than baseball such as basketball, ski-jumping, boxing and more. In 1991, the Dodger stadium hosted the opening ceremony for the Olympic Festival and in 2028 they will host both baseball and softball for the Summer Olympics.
There have been several big name concerts performed at the stadium by artists like KISS, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses, Eric Clapton, and even Michael Jackson. Fleetwood Mac’s song “Tusk” was filmed and recorded in the stadium while it was empty in 1979. There have been a few movies that the Dodger Stadium appeared in as well. The end of Better Off Dead was filmed at the stadium in 1985.
You can make it to the stadium by taking the Los Angeles Metro Transit Authority, the Union Station bus route, or the South Bay Route. The Dodger Stadium has a lot to offer. Fans can enjoy an outdoor walk inside of the stadium around the perimeter and the views of the San Gabriel and Santa Monica Mountains are breathtaking.
One of the most distinguishing features of the Dodger Stadium is the wavy roofing that sits above the outfield pavilions as well as the ten story elevator shaft behind the home plate that features the Dodger symbol on it.
The owners of Dodger Stadium are very good about maintaining the park. A full time gardening crew takes care of the landscaping and the stadium gets a fresh coat of paint every year. The stadium is so well taken care of that it has only undergone two renovations and there is no planning on replacing the stadium.
All in all, it is a great place to visit if you enjoy sports and outdoor events. It is definitely worth seeing if you end up in the Los Angeles area. If you are interested in the history of the locals, this Victorian Bungalow style duplex is the home to the first colored person to win a Nobel Peace Prize and if you’re running low on cash for your Los Angeles outings you can click here.
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