The Los Angeles Dodgers are currently the best team in baseball and a hot pick to compete deep into this fall’s Major League Baseball playoffs. But that hasn’t stopped the organization from trying to tinker with its own success, including at the stadium level. Just this morning, the LA Times announced plans for a massive $100 million renovation, set to start this offseason, that could dramatically change the iconic building in Chavez Ravine, adding more access for fans and loads more food and drink options throughout.
Per the Times, the Dodgers organization will announce a sweeping set of changes later today, mostly centered around the area beyond bleachers at center field. There, the plan is to add an attached multi-acre plaza to be used for a variety of events and pre- and post-game activities:
Spread over two acres, the new center field plaza will include food establishments, a beer garden, two sports bars, a children’s play area, and a space for live pregame and postgame music. Fans will be able to watch the game from above a new batter’s eye in straightaway center field and from standing positions that ring the seating areas.
What’s more, both left and right-field pavilions will offer new, enclosed bars with sightlines onto the field and the bullpens, and new elevators and escalators will connect the bleachers and pavilions to the rest of the stadium directly, allowing unfettered access to the whole park with one ticket for any seat, anywhere. That will also open up a variety of new food options for those in the cheap seats who may not have previously been able to take part in some of the one-off vendor nights that have come to Dodger Stadium in recent years.
The expansion of Dodger Stadium’s offerings should help to pull the third-oldest park further into the modern world, without the stadium losing some of its architectural charms and stunning views. It is also noted that today’s announcement should coincide with an announcement about next year’s MLB All-Star Game, which is reportedly being held in Los Angeles as well. All renovations for the stadium will be completed in the offseason, and be ready in time for opening day next year.