The Los Angeles Dodgers have announced they will upgrade Dodger Stadium in time for the 2013 season.

The 51-year-old stadium will be fitted with new high definition video boards, Wi-Fi, increased disability access, new food service facilities, a new home clubhouse, new batting cages, and a new sound system that will minimise echoes and sound migration outside the stadium.

Dodger president and chief executive Stan Kansten said the stadium the upgrade will give Dodgers Stadium a more comfortable feel whilst retaining its classic look.

Kansten added: "Dodger Stadium is a treasured piece of the Los Angeles community and we will respect that heritage while restoring and enhancing the venue for our fans in the 21st century."

Janet Marie Smith will oversee the planned improvements having already worked on stadiums for the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves.

Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the improvements to the "civic icon" would help attract new fans, saying: "Dodger Stadium is a jewel in the heart of Los Angeles. It's a place where Angelenos from all walks of life have come together for decades."


Posted on 23/01/2013