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Great Ideas at Dodger Stadium (that never made it to first base!)


Los Angeles Dodger Vice President of Stadium Operations, Dick Walsh, displays an early iteration of the new Dodger Stadium to be built in Los Angeles. Note the lack of pavilion seats in this model. The final version of Dodger Stadium had pavilions for fan seating in left field and right field.

By Robert Schweppe

Dodger Stadium opened for the 1962 National League season and it was immediately hailed as the height of innovation for sports stadiums around the world. The sightlines, colors, landscaping, fan comfort, media access, and other provided services for everyone involved was praised highly by anyone who played, worked in the media, cheered for the players, or saw Dodger Stadium on television.

Although Dodger Stadium was full of innovations for the 1962 season, several far-reaching ideas that are now incorporated in modern stadiums were developed, discussed, but regretfully, were never incorporated into the final design.

Dick Walsh, former Vice President of Stadium Operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was the Dodgers’ point person in the building, maintenance, and operation of the stadium in its early years and he sat down with to discuss the innovations that came close, but never came to be at Dodger Stadium

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