LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Along with patriotic bunting, player introductions and first pitches thrown on Monday, April 3, the Los Angeles Dodgers also showed off some of the changes outside and inside Dodger Stadium for the 2017 season.
The ring road behind center field was reconfigured in an effort to reduce congestion, and a new premium parking lot was created between the former 76 station and the center field transit road.
The pedestrian loading area for the Dodger Stadium Express bus was reconfigured to provide a dedicated area with uniform pedestrian lighting, and additional landscaped islands of olive trees, palm trees and native succulent plants of the region were put at either end of the transit street.
Another exterior change will come on April 15 with the unveiling of Dodger Stadium’s first statue, which depicts Jackie Robinson. The unveiling will come on the 70th anniversary of his breaking Major League Baseball’s color line.
There are several new memorabilia displays inside the stadium, including a gallery adjacent to the Vin Scully Press Box that includes Scully’s headset and other objects from his broadcast booth during his final season with the Dodgers.
A new display case at the left field entry to the club level features game-worn jerseys from Dodger greats, including Robinson and Sandy Koufax.
Fans with tickets on field, loge and club levels and anyone with a season ticket are able to access those areas.
Game-used bats from nearly every all-star that has played for the Dodgers in Los Angeles are on display in the right field baseline club. The display is open to anyone in the right field concourse.
A new mini-suite has been built inside the Stadium Club to host groups of 15. The loge level party boxes, which can host groups of 12 to 16, have been given a new look and improved surroundings.
Areas on the field level concourse near each foul pole have been created for groups of 15 to 60. The areas have standing room, bar stools and high-top tables.
All the suites on the club level and the Lexus Dugout Club have been renovated.
Fans also have a slew of additional food choices.
The Budweiser-branded Bud & Burgers down the third base line features the Dodger Burger, a grilled Dodger Dog grilled on top of a beef patty. Budweiser has also created a simulated batting experience by the left field Bud bar.
King’s Hawaiian Grill in the left field plaza has a premium barbecue menu including pulled pork sliders made with original Hawaiian sweet rolls, smoked pork nachos, “Big Island Lava Wings” and the “Hawaiian BBQ Dodger Dog” featuring a King’s Hawaiian hot dog bun, pulled pork and the chain’s original sweet pineapple barbecue sauce.
New dishes at Dodger Stadium include:
— “BaseBowls,” featuring a choice of poke, teriyaki chicken bowl, Kalua pork or Vietnamese rice noodles. They are available on the field level at aisle 45 on the third base side;
— Chick-N-Tots, house-made marinated chicken bites with topping options of chili cheese, Buffalo sauce, garlic, oil and parmesan cheese. They are available on the field level at aisle 8 on the first base side;
— Mediterranean quinoa salads, strawberry and beet salads and fresh sandwiches such as a turkey club, Albacore tuna salad and grilled vegetable flatbread are available at United Healthcare Market Place Locations on the
field level at aisle 5, the loge level at aisle 137 and the reserve level at aisle 5.
— Shock Top Bratwurst, spicy pork bratwurst link infused with Shock Top beer served on a warm bun with caramelized onions and spicy brown mustard, is available at the Extreme Loaded Dog Stands on the field level at aisle 48, the
loge level at aisle 135 and the reserve level at aisle 2; and
— Desserts such as funnel cakes topped with powdered sugar, chocolate drizzle and whipped cream; glazed churros; cinnamon sugar churro served with blue ice cream; deep-fried Oreos and Twinkies are available at Trolley Dodger Treats on the field level at aisle 46 on the first base side.
A majority of fans in the Los Angeles area will not be able to see the SportsNet LA broadcasts of the games for a fourth consecutive season because several television providers, most prominently DirecTV, have rejected the fee sought by the regional sports network, which is co-owned by Charter Communications and Guggenheim Partners. An arm of Guggenheim Partners, Guggenheim Baseball Management, owns the Dodgers.
KTLA-TV Channel 5 will broadcast 10 games, which began with the April 5 contest against the Padres.