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$100M Dodger Stadium Reno Nearly Complete

Thursday, June 4, 2020

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Work is reportedly almost finished at the home of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers.

According to reports and recent aerial footage, the $100 million renovation project is wrapping up.

The Project

The Dodgers announced the renovation last summer, noting that the work was slated to feature a new center-field plaza, a series of elevators and bridges and changes to the venue’s statues.

The center-field plaza will give what the team calls “a front door” to the venue and will span nearly two acres. It is set to include new restaurants, a beer garden, a children’s play area and a place for live music.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Work is reportedly almost finished at the home of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers.

The right- and left-field pavilions will also get upgrades with new bars with views into the bullpens along with standing-room areas.

Elevators, escalators and bridges will connect the new spaces to the rest of the stadium for a 360-degree connection around the park’s perimeter.

The team also announced moving its Jackie Robinson statue to the new center-field plaza, place alongside a brand-new statue for pitcher Sandy Koufax.

Since taking over the team in 2012, the Dodgers’ ownership has spent about $300 million on other renovations, including wider concourses.

“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,” said Dodgers president and chief executive Stan Kasten, at the time of the renovation announcement.

“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.”

The general contractor for the work is PCL Construction Services Inc., who is working with three architects of record, including Studio-MLA, Levin & Associates and DAIQ Architects.

What Now

Lucas Rorah, PCL's project superintendent in charge of the elevator and escalator installation, said in a recent interview that work is 95% complete, and that the escalators and precast bridges make up the majority of work that’s left.

Each bridge has three spans that required four 57-to-66-foot-long girders per span that weighed between 33,000 and 61,000 pounds each, according to subcontractor Coreslab Structures LA Inc.

The original plan was for construction be complete by Opening Day, which would have been in March. The season, however, has been brought to a halt by the COVID-19 pandemic, which momentarily halted construction as well.

California, however, deemed construction an essential business and the Dodgers decided to continue work on the renovation. Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten noted that construction crews are now working in smaller numbers with different schedules, in accordance with CDC recommendations.

Moreover, recent aerial footage from Micah Muzio shows that there is still work being done behind center field.

   

Tagged categories: COVID-19; Maintenance + Renovation; NA; North America; Ongoing projects; Renovation; Stadiums/Sports Facilities

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