Renderings released of $100M Dodger Stadium renovation
Dodger Stadium is set to undergo approximately $100 million in renovations ahead of the 2020 MLB season, and the Los Angeles Dodgers have released artist renderings illustrating how the upgrades will alter and improve the 57-year-old ballpark.
On Tuesday, the Dodgers will formally announce the renovation plans, according to Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times. The focus of the renovation will center around improvements to Dodger Stadium’s outfield areas, including a new plaza in center field as well as the construction of bridges and elevators to connect it to other parts of the ballpark.
Renderings of the renovations were released via Twitter by Markazi on Tuesday morning.
The new centerfield plaza will be two acres with new food options, a beer garden, two sports bars, a children’s play area and live music area. Fans will be able to watch the game from above a new batters eye in center field and from standing positions that ring the seating areas. pic.twitter.com/HoT0Md8tZB— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) July 23, 2019
Elevators and escalators will be built in the right and left side of the stadium. Bridges will connect the new standing-room decks to the rest of the stadium. It will be the first time fans will be able to walk the entire ballpark’s perimeter from any level inside Dodger Stadium. pic.twitter.com/3ObvjxSKmf— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) July 23, 2019
The entrance to the new plaza will feature a Jackie Robinson statue, relocated from the left field reserve plaza. It will also serve as permanent home for the “Legends of Dodger Baseball” plaques. The speaker tower in center field will also be replaced with a new sound system. pic.twitter.com/DkEdPWm7Jc— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) July 23, 2019
Dodgers president and chief executive Stan Kasten weighed in on the impending efforts to upgrade the ballpark ahead of Tuesday’s press conference.
“When we got here in 2012 we recognized then what remains true today — the design and construction of Dodger Stadium is a work of genius,” Kasten told Markazi. “It is the most beautiful place ever built to play or watch the game of baseball. But when we got here, there had been 50 years’ worth of work that needed to be done to make it a 21st century ballpark. It’s the third-oldest ballpark in baseball, but it now offers all the amenities of a modern-day ballpark.”
Kasten also noted that the renovations come at a “perfect time” as Dodger Stadium is set to host the 2020 MLB All-Star Game next July.