1000 Elysian Park Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
For ticket information call: (213) 224-1448
Los Angeles (NL)
Opened: April 10, 1962
Surface: Santa Ana Bermuda grass; Prescription Athletic Turf (PAT),
installed by the Motz group in 1995.
Owner: Los Angeles
Cost: $23 million
Dodger Stadium was built in 1962 for the Brooklyn Dodgers - I
mean, the Los Angeles Dodgers. The team played it's
home games in the Los Angeles Coliseum between 1958 and 1961,
while waiting for construction to be completed. Dodger owner
Walter O'Malley had a hard time getting the land containing Chavez
Ravine, and had to survive numerous court challenges before
getting ownership. Still, the park was an instant success - in
it's first year, it drew 2,755,184, over a million more fans than
any other major league team, and it
became the first to cross the 3 million fan mark in 1978. As
of 2001, seven of the top 25 single-season NL attendance marks
belonged to the Dodgers.
Dodger Stadium is one of only two ballparks in the 20th century to
be completely financed privately (for the other one, click
here); in 2001, Pac Bell Park in
San Francisco became the third operating park in the majors to
boast private financing.
The ballpark has offered spectators views of the green, tree-lined
Elysian hills to the north and east (and the San Gabriel Mountains
beyond) and of downtown Los Angeles to the south. In typical
LA fashion, the 56,000 seat ballpark offers parking for 16,000
automobiles on 16 terraced lots adjacent to the entry gates.
In January 1999, the Dodgers began a series of selective
renovations to make the old ballpark more economically
competitive; by the start of the 2000 season, the team added new
field level seats down the foul lines beyond the dugouts, and a
new expanded dugout section with an adjacent club area.
The ballpark has had a terrific run of luck with rain - prior to
1976, the Dodgers were rained out only once, against the St. Louis
Cardinals, on April 21, 1967. That rainout ended a streak of
737 consecutive games without a postponement. The second
home rainout, on April 12, 1976, ended a streak of 724 straight
games. No rainouts occurred between three straight games
from April 19-21, 1988, and April 11, 1999 - a major league record
of 856 straight home games without a rainout.
here for major league attendance by team
They used to say of this of the glove of Shoeless Joe Jackson - it
was the place where triples went to die.
The Shoeless One would have been right
at home in Dodger Stadium's center field: although the
dimensions of the park don't
look too bad in straightaway center (395 ft) or in the corners (335 ft), Dodger
Stadium is one of the best pitcher's parks in the game because of it's gruesome power
alleys. At 385 ft, they are simply graveyards for flyballs, especially at night
- the ocean is just 20 miles away, and the cold, damp night air
hangs heavy and holds balls up.
Dodger Stadium has the lowest triple factor in the majors, in part
because of the depth of the alleys but also because of the
symmetrical walls with no odd corners. In addition, there is
plenty of foul territory so that foul pops that would be in the
seats elsewhere are caught for outs. Koufax, Drysdale, Sutton, Valenzuela, Hershiser, and now Kevin
Brown - all have benefited from the alleys, which cause Dodger
Stadium to yield the fewest homers and runs and lowest batting
average of any major league park.
Finally, batters take fewer walks here than average (third lowest
walks factor in the NL in 1999) than average. With the
difficulty of hitting a home run or getting an extra base hit,
pitchers are probably more willing to challenge hitters and less
willing to concede.
The infield dirt tends to be hard and dry, because of L.A.'s
desert climate, and that usually means a lot of sharp, tough hops.
Dodger Stadium produces some additional errors over other parks in
the infield, though not appreciably so. The large outfield
puts a premium on outfielders with range.
In 2000, a new warning track was introduced with a hard synthetic
surface. This had two major effects: first, a lot more
ground rule doubles (more than a few bounced off the hard surface
and went into the stands); and second, less aggressive outfield
play (any outfielder who dared to slide on that surface did not do
Flyball pitchers benefit the most because they can
feel free to get the ball up in the strike zone, but all pitchers
love it here.
The breeze typically blows from left to right, giving left-handers
a slight edge, though the numbers don't bear that out. Hitters who
hit sharp grounders and can leg out infield hits also benefit, as
the hard infield often turns well-hit grounders into
Ismael Valdes was a great beneficiary of this park - he went 28-15 with a 2.35
ERA at home, and 24-25 and 4.12 on the road before getting traded
in 1999. Last season, James Baldwin went 6-4 with a 3.76 ERA
at home, and 4-7 with a 5.43 ERA on the road.
Another very successful pitcher here is Chan Ho Park - in 2000,
Chan Ho Park was 10-4 and posted a 2.34 ERA at home, and was 8-6
with a 4.29 ERA on the road. Last season, he was 10-4 at
home again, with a 2.36 ERA, versus 5-7 on the road with a 4.83
ERA. Park's success here is due to his style - he has wicked
stuff, but often hangs his slider, and in confined parks those
pitches will leave the yard. He also tends to give up on his
curve ball too quickly if he doesn't get a good feel for it early;
he may feel more comfortable with the curve in the cool, dense,
moist LA air.
Kevin Brown is simply devastating at home - in Dodger Stadium, he
feels more confident deploying his 95-mph four-seam fastball to
work the upper half of the strike zone and complement his nasty
sinker, wicked slider and occasional split-finger. In 2000,
he was 7-1 at home with a 1.79 ERA, versus 6-5 on the road with a
3.38 ERA. In 2001, he was 4-2 at home with a 2.43 ERA,
versus 6-2 with a 2.91 ERA on the road.
Power hitters and home run guys, especially
moderate ones. Teams without a good running game or a center
fielder with great range suffer as well.
Shawn Green hit 30 of 49 homers on the road last year; Gary
Sheffield hit 20 of his 36 dingers on the road.
story of Sandy Koufax:
At his peak, Dodgers lefty Sandy
Koufax was perhaps the best pitcher baseball has ever seen.
His record in the five-year
period from 1962 to 1966 was an astonishing 111-34 over 181
starts; he averaged 7.6 innings per start, and his ERA was a
measly 1.95. He gave up 0.696 hits per inning, and just 0.229
walks per inning (HWIP = 0.925) - amazing for a power pitcher who
struck out 1.049 per inning and led the league in that department
in each of those 5 years. He won the Cy Young Award (then awarded
to just one pitcher in both leagues) in each of the three full
seasons in which he pitched. Perhaps most amazingly, Koufax
pitched 100 complete games in those 5 seasons, including 33
But Koufax got a lot of help from his home park. Notice that as
dominant as Koufax was, his performance at home in spacious Dodger
Stadium helped him to generate his astonishing stats:
Koufax at his peak
Bold indicates that he
led the league
2001 STATS, Inc.
Chavez Ravine, CA.
The park sits on a hill overlooking downtown Los
Angeles. The left field, to the northwest, touches Glendale Boulevard; third
base, to the southwest, runs along Sunset Boulevard; home plate is in the south
and carries the address of 1000 Elysian Park Avenue. First base (SE) is on the
Pasadena Freeway; right field (NE) overlooks the Los Angeles Police Academy,
Elysian Park, and Golden State Freeway/Interstate. Stadium Way encircles the
Left field and right field foul poles:
330 (since 1962)
380 (1962), 370 (1969), 385 (1983)
410 (1962), 400 (1969), 395 (current)
65 (1962), 68.19 (1963), 75 (1969)
larger than average
- Second lowest run factor in the NL in 2001
- Highest walk factor in NL in 2001
Lowest triples factor in the NL in 1998, 1999
Third-lowest hit, batting average factor in the NL in 2001
Second-lowest doubles factor in the NL in 1999, 2001
Third-lowest walks factor in the NL in 1999
There is parking available for 16,000 cars.
- Hosted 1984 Olympic competition
- In 1991, the
stadium hosted the Opening ceremonies for the United States
Olympic Festival and later that summer showcased the top amateur
baseball players from around the world in the second annual
International Baseball Association World All-Star Game.
There were no drinking-water fountains when Dodger Stadium was first built.
Original design had a huge fountain in center field, like that in
right-center at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium.
The see-through "peekaboo" windows in the bullpen fence were installed in 1974.
There is no "400" sign in dead center field (it was taken down
in 1980) - the two "395" signs are just left and right of
straightaway center field
The stadium is expandable to 85,000 seats.
When foul poles were installed in 1962, it was discovered that they were
positioned completely foul. A special dispensation was received from the
National League so that they were recognized as fair, but the next year the
plate was moved so that the poles are now actually fair.