LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles Dodgers Friday unveiled $100 million in stadium improvements as the team prepares for its 52nd season at the iconic Elysian Park venue.
The team says renovations include the following:
• New high-definition video boards in left field and right field. Message boards, including ribbon boards at the Loge level and outfield wall, were also replaced with the new technology. The unique hexagon shape of both outfield video boards was restored.
• New sound system designed to minimize echoes in the stadium
• A state-of-the-art Wi-Fi network and cellular antenna system to support cell-phone and internet connectivity from mobile devices
• Food service enhancements to Loge, Reserve and Top Deck levels, including new concession stands, cooking facilities and menus
• New entry plazas on the Reserve and Top Deck levels featuring life-size bobbleheads and 5-foot replicas of Dodger Cy Young Award winners, autographed baseballs and Hall of Fame retired numbers
• Kids play areas on the Reserve level
• Renovated and enlarged restrooms, including family restrooms
• Increased positions for wheelchair patrons
• Expanded and renovated restrooms with substantially more fixtures
• Wider concourses and additional locations for wheelchair-bound fans and their companions on all levels, as well as “drink rails” for fans who may wish to leave their seats during the game to explore the stadium
• All stairwells have new lighting and signage
• A new home team clubhouse, expanded and enhanced training/conditioning areas, and new indoor batting cages for both teams
“We have worked extremely hard during the off-season to create the best possible experience for ALL our fans for the 2013 season,” Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten said in a statement. “The upgrades were designed with particular emphasis on the Top Deck and Reserve levels and outfield pavilions that had been essentially untouched since the stadium first opened. Our goal is to provide THE most pleasurable experience from the time fans arrive at the stadium until the time they depart, ideally after a Dodger victory.”