Dodger Stadium rehab

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Dodger Stadium rehab

Postby nichols » Fri Apr 14, 2006 10:20 am

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Given Southern California’s renewed obsession with Mid-Century Modern architecture and design, it’s kind of strange that L.A.’s most regularly visited example of the style – namely, Dodger Stadium – continues to be overlooked by local Modernism aficionados. Admittedly, sports stadiums built in the 1960s and 1970s usually deserved their reputation as soulless concrete ashtrays, but Dodger Stadium remains a lovely exception. From the hexagonal scoreboard in right field and the Googie zigzags of the pavilion canopies, to the park’s elegant curves and the way its design incorporates (rather than shuts out) the natural beauty of its Chavez Ravine setting, the Dodgers’ home field is a veritable feast of Mid-Century Modern concepts and details. Even the gigantic, flying-saucer-like cement planters dotting the parking lots wouldn’t seem amiss in the yard of a Richard Neutra or John Lautner house...

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Postby apower » Tue Apr 18, 2006 3:49 pm

Interesting how the article disses the staples center as being a monstrosity, but it seems to have cured the 3 major complaints listed in the same paragraph 1) the lakers (and now the clippers) actually win games, 2)it's extremely easy to get in and out of, 3) and while the food is equally overpriced you are able to get it without having to miss 1/3 of the game standing in line. Grass is always greener

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Postby nichols » Mon Oct 08, 2007 11:14 am

HKS Sports & Entertainment Group has been selected to serve as architect on the next phase of the multi-year renovation of Dodger Stadium.
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The multi-million dollar construction project will expand the field-level concourse to include nearly double the number of points of sale and restrooms, two new all-inclusive clubs for baseline seat ticket holders, and a new energy-efficient and environmentally friendly cooling system. More than $60 million has been invested in stadium renovations over the past three years, and with this phase, the cumulative investment will more than double.
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“Dodger Stadium is such a significant piece of architecture, this multi-year project is as much a restoration as it is a renovation,â€￾ said Bryan Trubey, AIA, principal designer with HKS’s Sports & Entertainment Group. “Frank and Jamie McCourt embraced this attitude about the stadium from the beginning.â€￾
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According to Trubey, the design team focused on heightening the fan experience in this phase of improvements.

“Our goal as designers is two-fold – the first is to increase the number of restrooms and improve the quality of food and beverage concessions, allowing fans better access to these important amenities. Second, and just as important, we created a higher quality look and feel to the concourse architecture that projects the unique southern California, mid-century modern design of the exterior of the stadium.â€￾
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“One of our primary goals as stewards of the Dodgers is to provide the best fan experience,â€￾ said Frank McCourt, owner and chairman of the Los Angeles Dodgers. “When Dodger Stadium opened in 1962, there were 2.7 million fans. This year, we will welcome more than 3.8 million fans. Dodger Stadium is one of the finest stadiums in all of sports, but in order to provide better service and more amenities for this increased fan base, we need to create more space and redesign the concourses."

“We will take this same approach in future phases,â€￾ said Trubey. “Ultimately, our goal is to create a cohesive architecture that maximizes and extends the mid-century look and feel of the stadium. Over time, this approach should reveal one of the most unique ballparks and continue Dodger Stadium’s place as one of the most beautiful sports properties in the world.â€￾

HKS has been renovating Dodger Stadium for the past two seasons. During that time, every seat within the primary seating bowl was replaced using the stadium's original color palette. Traditional yet modern box seating was incorporated at the baselines and video display boards were added around the loge level and outfield wall.

The first phase of construction will be completed prior to the Dodgers' opening 2008 season. The project is being completed in tandem with HKS’s Los Angeles office, which celebrates 20 years in the area...

http://www.bizofbaseball.com/index.php? ... &Itemid=56

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Postby nichols » Thu Apr 24, 2008 8:28 pm

LOS ANGELES TIMES

Dodgers' McCourt unveils stadium makeover plan
Among the renovations, planned by 2012, would be a dedicated bus lane near the stadium and two parking garages plus additional

Dodgers owner Frank McCourt unveiled plans today for a historic makeover of the club's 275-acre Dodger Stadium site in Chavez Ravine, describing new features designed to transform the ballpark into a year-round destination for dining, shopping and recreation that will be fan- and environment-friendly....



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