Construction on Dodger Stadium began in 1959 and concluded in 1962.
Since that time, it has stood as a baseball monument and contributed to the rich sports and baseball history of Los Angeles.
But it didn’t start out that way.
When the Dodgers first landed in Los Angeles for the 1958 season, they played their home games at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, but the city recognized a need for a new stadium to help position themselves as a growing, futuristic destination.
And, although Dodger Stadium has stood for six decades, it has undergone full renovations to modernize its profile and amenities, making it a sold fit for the 21st century. Read on to learn about events before the stadium’s construction, the renovations, and the ballpark’s importance in Los Angeles sport history.
Events before the Construction of Dodger Stadium
Like many American cities, Los Angeles developed through a series of planned communities, leading to tight groupings of various ethnic groups. Indeed, L.A. mirrors the United States as a whole, representing a true “melting pot” of cultures.
Unfortunately, though Dodger Stadium is celebrated as a gem of the sport and helped put Los Angeles on the sports map, its construction came at the expense of a strong community of Mexican immigrants who lived in Chavez Ravine.
Though many residents protested the construction of the stadium, the L.A. city council moved forward with their plans and eventually won a legal case allowing them to proceed (“The Battle of Chavez Ravine“).
Undoubtedly, part of the impetus for pushing the deal forward was the Dodgers’ World Series victory over the Chicago White Sox in the 1959 World Series. Clearly, the Dodgers were going to be at least as successful in L.A. as they had been in Brooklyn, and the city was further motivated to build them a sparkling new stadium.
When Was Dodger Stadium Constructed?
After striking a deal to buy a parcel for land with Los Angeles City in the 1950s to construct a stadium, work began in the fields in 1959. The Dodger Stadium project took almost three years and was completed in 1962. On April 10, 1962, the Dodgers played their first game at their new home on Opening Day, when the stadium was officially opened to fans.
Dodger Stadium Design
Dodger Stadium was designed a decade or more before construction of then-modern multi-purpose stadiums became the standard in large American cities. However, the stadium was constructed at the convergence of several freeways in Los Angeles with expansive parking lots surrounding its exterior, positioning it well for growth of the Dodgers’ fanbase in subsequent decades.
Renovations in the decades since have transformed Dodger Stadium into a modern baseball cathedral, with all the amenities 21st-century fans have come to expect.
Renovations at Dodger Stadium
Dodger Stadium has undergone fairly regular upgrades and renovations since its construction in the early 1960s.
Some of the improvements include new scoreboards with high-definition screens, state-of-the-art sound systems, spacious concourses, clubhouse renovations, and pervasive wi-fi networks.
The stadium has evolved into a beloved landmark in Los Angeles, and it is a technologically advanced, fan-friendly venue.
A testament to its ageless nature, the stadium has hosted nine World Series, and the Dodgers have won four championships since moving west.
All in all, Dodger Stadium has become the home of one of baseball’s storied franchises and remains a dream destination for a worldwide fanbase.