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    Dodger Stadium to get $500M makeover

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/baseba...,5237467.story

    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 underground parking.


    By Bill Shaikin and Dylan Hernandez
    Los Angeles Times Staff Writers

    April 25, 2008

    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.

    At the same time, McCourt challenged civic leaders to follow his $500-million investment by extending bus and subway lines to the ballpark.

    "The ultimate way to improve access to Dodger Stadium is public transit," McCourt said.

    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he would be happy to work with the Dodgers on finding ways other than driving to get people to Chavez Ravine.

    "That clarion call, that challenge, I like that," Villaraigosa said. "Isn't it amazing that we built a public transportation system and it never connected to Dodger Stadium? Wouldn't it be great if we said, 'This city is going to also rectify the errors of the past and do something to change that'? I like that idea. Let's get working on it."

    McCourt said that in addition to two parking garages and additional subterranean parking to replace the 2,000 spaces lost to construction, the renovations would include a dedicated bus lane running directly to a transit plaza adjacent to the stadium.

    He also said he hoped local leaders would "tweak and adjust subway lines" to add a Dodger Stadium stop and provide "bus access in the interim."

    City Councilman Ed Reyes, whose district includes Dodger Stadium, said the ballpark renovation "hopefully can stimulate a whole new transit system that gets us in and out of this great place."

    McCourt said the Dodgers filed paperwork on Thursday morning to acquire the necessary permits for the stadium improvements and that he hoped to get approval by the start of the 2009 season. The project is scheduled to be completed in time for opening day in 2012.

    Fifteen acres of the stadium's parking lot will be used to make room for the additions, resulting in the loss of about 2,000 spaces. But McCourt said there wouldn't be a net loss of parking during construction because of the extra spaces created by the reconfiguration of the roadways and parking lots.

    The Dodgers have already received approval to move forward with the first phase of the project in the winter, which will be to renovate the loge level, as well as the home and visiting clubhouses. McCourt said the club is also considering installing high-definition scoreboards.

    The improvements that will be made next off-season, he said, would be "comparable" in cost to those made this winter -- about $80 million.

    McCourt said he wasn't concerned how the downturn in the economy might impact the returns on his sizable investment.

    "Economies go up and down, they're not static," McCourt said. "We look at this thing in a very, very long-term, also generational fashion. We're not making these decisions based on what the economy is like today. We're making these decisions as huge optimists in the future of the Dodgers."

    McCourt wouldn't say what else he saw in the future of the Dodger Stadium site, of which the stadium covers 16 acres and the renovations announced Thursday covering another 15. McCourt would not comment on whether he would pursue additional projects on the rest of the site and refused to say whether he would rule out residential development or the addition of an NFL stadium.

    The NFL has long coveted the Chavez Ravine site.
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    Re: Dodger Stadium to get $500M makeover

    I'm glad there's no longer talk of tearing the place down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macro View Post
    I'm glad there's no longer talk of tearing the place down.
    I agree. As much as I hated the Dodgers growing up, Dodger Stadium is a great place to see a ballgame. Maybe in this era of HD, things are different, but Dodger Stadium is one of those places where I've felt TV never did it justice. It was just way more impressive when I first saw it in person.
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    My employer worked on the financing of this deal last summer, I guess the permits held up the announcement of it until now.
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    At the same time, McCourt challenged civic leaders to follow his $500-million investment by extending bus and subway lines to the ballpark.

    "The ultimate way to improve access to Dodger Stadium is public transit," McCourt said.

    I was under the impression that public transit is seldom used in L.A.
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    Re: Dodger Stadium to get $500M makeover

    In a few years when gas is 8 bucks a gallon they better have some public transit to the place if they want any fans to come see them.
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    Re: Dodger Stadium to get $500M makeover

    Am I the only one here who think a half BILLION dollars should get you more than a "makeover"!! "What Not to Wear??"

    Maybe I'm just getting old?

    BTW, I've never been, and I'd love to see a game there someday.

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    Re: Dodger Stadium to get $500M makeover

    Quote Originally Posted by Always Red View Post
    Am I the only one here who think a half BILLION dollars should get you more than a "makeover"!! "What Not to Wear??"

    Maybe I'm just getting old?

    BTW, I've never been, and I'd love to see a game there someday.
    Have you seen real estate prices in LA these days?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yachtzee View Post
    Have you seen real estate prices in LA these days?
    Lots of foreclosures in that neck of the woods, I hear!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    I was under the impression that public transit is seldom used in L.A.
    It's used more than people think. But regardless, I think that's kind of McCourt's point. There's a big movement to get it used more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vaticanplum View Post
    It's used more than people think. But regardless, I think that's kind of McCourt's point. There's a big movement to get it used more.

    Well, you can lead a horse to water...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    Well, you can lead a horse to water...
    Eventually the extreme commutes become so expensive that the horse has no other choice but to drink.
    What if this wasn't a rhetorical question?

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    Re: Dodger Stadium to get $500M makeover

    Teams' reasons for supporting mass transit aren't entirely altruistic. The more that fans routinely commute to the stadium by mass transit, the less space that the club has to devote to parking spaces. Putting buildings where parking used to be increases revenue opportunities.

    Also, since Federal money can be used for mass transit projects, putting in features to support mass transit can reduce the hit on local taxpayers.
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