DODGER STADIUM RENOVATIONS TO START THIS WINTER

Anticipated renovations of the Dodger Stadium will start this winter as stated by President and part-owner Stan Kasten.

The Los Angeles Dodgers' new owners promised improvements would be made to the Dodger Stadium and they have not failed to deliver. The franchise has already hired Janet Marie Smith who has worked on stadium projects in Atlanta, Baltimore and Boston to oversee the multi-year project.

The Dodgers Stadium has been used by the LA baseball franchise since its opening in 1962 and housed the LA Angels of Anaheim, too, from when it opened until 1965. It is currently the third oldest MLB baseball stadium and is the largest by seating capacity.

Kasten said: "What we all agree on is we don't want to change the look of Dodger Stadium. She (Janet Marie Smith) likes that retro '50s feel that this ballpark has, that really no other ballpark has. And no other ballpark has the palm trees and the San Gabriel Mountains. These are the things she would like to build on."

Kasten hopes to have modern amenities added during the renovation, she added: "Kids' areas, more bars and restaurants, relaxation areas, history displays, interactive areas — the kinds of things you find in modern ballparks".

An obstacle need to be overcome for developments to start is that approval must be obtained from ex-owner Frank McCourt who has retained an ownership stake in the stadium parking lots.

Posted on 07/08/2012