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Dodgers Usher In New Era With First Home Game Under New Ownership

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Dodgers played at home Monday night for the first time since the new owners took over marking a new era for the team and their fans.

Fans lined up early to watch the Dodgers take on the Giants.

“She loves it, I love it. We love the pavilion. It’s just our family tradition,” said fan Tony Hernandez.

Fans first noticed the changes when they paid for parking. The price went from $15 down to $10.

New team president, Stan Kasten, said that he plans on walking the concourse during games to talk with fans, to see what they like and don’t like.

Kasten said that fans will also notice a big price drop in the team store.

“It is the cheapest any place in town, because of the prices we have here. So you’ll want to wait until you get to the ballpark to buy your Dodgers stuff,” he said.

The price break was as much as 50 percent on store merchandise.

“The reception we have gotten has been super, just super. And this is all part of it. So we need all the fans we can get,” Kasten added.

Another noticeable improvement was shorter lines at the concessions.

“You can already feel that it’s like a breath of fresh air around here. You know, obviously they lowered the ticket prices. You know, coming out greeting and talking to us. That’s a good faith gesture that goes a long way with myself. And now we’ll just see what happens,” said fan Tony Iovino.

Affordability for fans seemed to be a priority to the new management. They said that they were also lowering some food prices and introducing some new menu items.

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