Renovations to Anaheim Stadium began Oct. 1, 1996, reverting the 30-year old structure back to a baseball-only facility. On Sept. 15, 1997, the renovated stadium's new name was announced: Edison International Field of Anaheim. On Dec. 29, 2003, the Angels announced the stadium would be renamed Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Total cost for the stadium renovation was estimated at $100 million and the project was completed in time for the Anaheim Angels Opening Day, April 1, 1998.
Anaheim Stadium had been the home of the Angels since their move from Los Angeles following the 1965 season. The stadium opened April 9, 1966, as the California Angels hosted the San Francisco Giants in an exhibition game. The franchise's first American League game was April 19, 1966 vs. the Chicago White Sox. The Los Angeles Angels played at Wrigley Field in 1961 and Chavez Ravine from 1962-65.
The original Anaheim Stadium seated 43,204 (later 43,250). The stadium underwent construction in 1979-80 for additional seating to accommodate the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL. Upon completion in 1981, the stadium seated 65,158 (later 64,593) for baseball. The Rams left Anaheim for St. Louis, MO in 1995. The new Angel Stadium of Anaheim has a seating capacity of approximately 45,050 for the Anaheim Angels.
Other unique features of the new Angel Stadium of Anaheim include terraced bullpens in the outfield, widened concourses, new restroom and concession areas, a spacious and modernized press box and broadcast booths, family-oriented seating sections, state-of-the-art club-level and dugout-level suites, the Pepsi Perfect Game Pavilion (a youth-oriented interactive game area) and landscaped courtyards (with statues in rememberance of Gene Autry and Michelle Carew).
In addition, the new Angel Stadium of Anaheim includes three full-service restaurants: The KnotHole Club (a sports bar located at the club level down the right field line); The Diamond Club (an upscale restaurant with outdoor seating on the field level behind home plate); and the Homeplate Club (an indoor restaurant on the club level overlooking the main entrance to the ballpark).
The following organizations were involved in implementing the transition of Anaheim Stadium into Angel Stadium of Anaheim: Walt Disney Imagineering, which served as the manager of the design and construction of Angel Stadium of Anaheim; HOK Sports Facilities Group and Robert A.M. Stern Architects, which were responsible for the architectural planning, design and renovation; and Turner Construction, which directed and provided construction services.
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Dodger Stadium History
Dodger Stadium is one of Southern California's most treasured landmarks and the 2008 baseball season will mark the Dodgers 47th year at Chavez Ravine.
More than 125 million fans have visited the ballpark since it opened in 1962 awing spectators with a breathtaking view of downtown Los Angeles to the south; green, tree-lined Elysian hills to the north and east; and the San Gabriel Mountains beyond. The 56,000-seat Dodger Stadium has parking for 16,000 automobiles on 21 terraced lots adjacent to the same elevations as the six different seating levels. More than 3,400 trees cover the 300 acres of beautiful landscape, which is maintained by a full-time staff of gardeners. The Dodgers employ a full-time grounds crew and maintenance staff that keeps all aspects of the stadium in immaculate condition throughout the season making Dodger Stadium one of the best maintained facilities in the country.
The Dodgers installed a brand new state-of-the-art grass field after the conclusion of the 1995 season. Prescription Athletic Turf (PAT), created and installed by the Cincinnati-based Motz Group, used the latest agronomic and engineering technology to manage field moisture through controlled drainage and irrigation. The 100,000 square feet of bermuda grass is grown on pure sand, beneath which a vacuum chamber is laid over a water-tight plastic barrier that forcibly extracts water during heavy rains. New moisture gauges monitor the field's water level in coordination with a microprocessor that controls drainage functions. A computer controller has the ability to reverse the scenario and subirrigate when the sand's moisture reading drops below the optimal level.
Clearly, the changes have paid off, as the Dodger Stadium field was named the best in baseball by Sports Illustrated in 2003 in a poll of Major League players. Of the responses, 23.2 percent of players rated Dodger Stadium as the best-quality playing field, more than twice as many as any other stadium.
At the gates, an average of more than 2.79 million fans have watched Dodger games at Dodger Stadium per season during the past 45 years. In 1978, Dodger Stadium became the first ballpark to host more than three million fans in a season when the Dodgers drew 3,347,845 in attendance. Following another three-million attendance mark in 1980, the Dodgers set the all-time Major League season attendance record in 1982, drawing 3,608,881 fans. Toronto, Colorado and Atlanta have since topped that mark, but the Dodgers can also boast seasons of more than three million in attendance from 1983-86, 1990-91, 1993 and 1996-2006. Nine of the top 25 NL single-season attendance marks have been recorded at Dodger Stadium.
During the 20th century, the only privately-financed ballparks in Major League Baseball were Yankee Stadium (built in 1923) and Dodger Stadium. Walter O'Malley and architect Emil Praeger set the stage for baseball's most popular and beautiful showplace when they began designing the Dodgers' new home. The stadium opened its doors on April 10, 1962 and the Dodgers won their first game at their new home the next day on April 11 when they defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 6-2. The Dodgers drew 2,755,184 fans at Dodger Stadium during its inaugural season.
Since then, Dodger Stadium has hosted eight World Series and the Dodgers have won four World Championships (1963, 1965, 1981 and 1988), eight NL pennants (1963, 1965, 1966, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1988), nine NL Western Division crowns (1974, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1995, 2004) and two NL Wild Card berths (1996, 2006).
The stadium hosted the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 1980 and the Olympic Games' baseball competition in 1984. The eight-team competition during the 1984 Olympic Games marked baseball's greatest involvement in the Olympic Games to that point.
The Olympic spirit returned to Los Angeles again in 1991, as Dodger Stadium hosted the Opening Ceremonies for the United States Olympic Festival. Later that summer, the stadium showcased the top amateur baseball players from around the world in the second annual International Baseball Association World All-Star Game.
Dodger Stadium has been the site of several non-baseball major events, as Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass at Dodger Stadium on Sept. 16, 1987. Entertainers from around the world have performed there as well, such as KISS, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Bee Gees, Elton John, Simon and Garfunkel, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Genesis, Eric Clapton, U2, the Dave Matthews Band, and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Dodger Stadium also staged one of the world's greatest entertainment events in 1994 when internationally renowned tenors Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti reunited for a spectacular concert performance "Encore - The Three Tenors" with conductor Zubin Mehta.
In January 1999, the Dodgers announced a program of investment and limited renovation of Dodger Stadium to help make it more economically competitive with other ballparks across the nation. By the start of the 2000 season, the Dodgers added new field level seats down the foul lines beyond the dugouts and a new expanded dugout section with an adjacent club area. In addition, suites were added on the Club Level to provide amenities that are now available at every other Major League ballpark. In 2003, a new scoreboard, DodgerVision video board and cutting edge control room were added to enhance the overall fan experience.
In 2006 Dodger Owner Frank McCourt's multi-year plan for ongoing improvements was unveiled. This included replacing every seat within the primary seating bowl and returning to the stadium's original color palette; repairing and conducting maintenance on the concrete and structure within the seating bowl area; and introducing a traditional yet modern "box" seating concept along the baselines. The reincorporation of the original muted pastels color-scheme is emblematic of the stadium's original Mid-Century architecture. The renovations were met with rave reviews and a record-setting 3.7-million fans flocked to Dodger Stadium to enjoy the refurbished ballpark.
In 2008 the Dodgers unveiled the new Field Level concourse and clubs. The multi-million dollar Field Level restoration project was completed this off-season and includes double the number of concession stands and restrooms, new concession partners, two new clubs for Baseline Box seat holders, expanded walkways, new signage, and energy efficient equipment. The improved concourse now allows for all concession stands to be served by the kitchen space behind them which are now large enough to produce enough food to serve fans on separate levels of the stadium. Concession areas also now include new state-of-the-art equipment including grills and refrigerators.
New concession partners will now be featured on the Field Level and longtime vendors will return to vastly improved concession areas. New concession stands on the renovated concourse are: Canter's Deli, Mrs. Beasley's, Ruby's Diner, the Dodger Blue Bar, and Camacho's Cantina. Returning to newly enhanced stands are: Panda Express, Gordon Biersch and California Pizza Kitchen. Additionally, the Dodger dog, introduced 50 years ago and the top-selling hot dog in baseball last year, will be sold at additional concession stands on the Field Level.
In an effort to turn Dodger Stadium into a more environmentally-friendly ballpark, several modifications were also made. The addition of a new stadium-wide cooling system will lower temperatures in all concession areas. Other environmental improvements include adding hand dryers in the restrooms and moving to waterless urinals, which will save up to 2.4 million gallons of water annually on the Field Level. Additionally, the club replaced the previous stadium lighting structure with an energy efficient one - Musco's Light-Structure Green system. The new lights will conserve energy by reducing more than 95% of the light that falls outside of the stadium and will keep unnecessary light out of the eyes of the players and fans.
As part of the expansion, the Field Level concourses will also include two new Baseline Box Clubs - The 1st Baseline Box Club and the 3rd Baseline Box Club - for the exclusive use of Baseline Box season ticket holders. The Baseline Box Clubs are located on the first and third base sides at the end of the concourse and offer all-inclusive Chef's Table selections, carryout options, and a full-service bar.
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Lakers select Morris 41st
Growing up in Los Angeles, Windward High grad Darius Morris never could have imagined that he'd one day play for his hometown team.
But with the 41st pick in the 2011 Draft, the sophomore out of Michigan heard his name called by NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, officially making him property of the Lakers.
“Never in a million years did I think I'd get drafted by the Lakers.” he said. “It was always my goal to play in the NBA, but I never thought I'd be playing for the Lakers in my home town. It's really great, a dream come true.”
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