As fans arrived at Dodger Stadium's loge-level entrance in the right-field corner Friday, many formed an impromptu line to snap photos of themselves in front of a 10-foot-high figure of the team's iconic "LA" logo. The figure is one small touch in the $100-million renovation of the stadium, where workers were still hanging signs, sweeping stairs and tinkering with wiring up until the Dodgers took the field against the Angels in their exhibition Freeway Series. "We have a lot of polishing and tweaking still to do" before the Dodgers' season opener against the San Francisco Giants at the 51-year-old stadium Monday, Dodgers President Stan Kasten said. "But over the weekend we're going to work hard on it." The 34,157 who came to see the game — the Dodgers beat the Angels, 9-8 — got their first look at the ballpark's wider concourses, upgraded restrooms and new plazas. The concourses have been widened about 10 feet, and fans also will notice stand-up drink rests and circular tables along many of the concourses. Dodger Stadium also has new high-definition video screens behind the right- and left-field pavilions. The Dodgers did a celebratory switch to the new screens from the old ones in the fourth inning Friday. But other things appeared little changed, particularly the concession lines. In the third inning, there were at least eight people in each of the lines for Dodger Dogs and other food items at each of the concession stands on the field level behind home plate and third base. It was the same on the first-base side of the reserve level. In the same area, the lines for the Elysian Park Grill were 12 deep.
Dodgers defeat Angels, 9-8, in second Freeway Series exhibition
Los Angeles Times | Mar 30