Although the COVID-19 pandemic has eliminated the possibility of spectators during the 2020 MLB season, Dodger Stadium's $100-million facelift is nonetheless complete.
The project, announced in July 2019, included:
- a new center field plaza featuring food and beverage venues, sports bars, a children's play area, space for live music and the collection of "Legends of Dodger Baseball" plaques;
- left- and right-field pavilions with restrooms, enclosed bars, and "home run seats" beyond the outfield wall;
- bridges connecting the new pavilions to the rest of the stadium, allowing for fans to walk the perimeter of the ballpark at any level; and
- the replacement of the existing center field speaker tower with a new sound system.
The capacity of Dodger Stadium remains unchanged at 56,000. The arena, the third oldest MLB venue, had already received $300 million in upgrades from owner Guggenheim Baseball Management prior to the current project.
While the renovation was intended to prepare Dodger Stadium to host the 2020 MLB All-Star game, the dangers posed by the coronavirus pandemic led officials to cancel this year's event. The Dodgers will instead host the 2022 All-Star game.
For a look at non-cosmetic improvements included in the recent upgrade, read this piece from dot.LA.
Other improvements are planned well outside the stadium walls. Since 2018, the private company Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies, LLC has proposed to connect the stadium to Union Station through a $125-million gondola system.
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