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Dodgers Opening Day

 
Dodgers Opening Day

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles Dodgers will play their home opener  today against the San Francisco Giants amid efforts to reduce congestion around  Dodger Stadium and the second set of enhancements to the 52-year-old stadium in  two years.

The team has added parking spaces; reopened the Scott Avenue entrance;  restriped many lots; modified circulation patterns; improved signage; and added  bike racks to encourage fans to bicycle to Dodger Stadium.

The efforts at reducing congestion also include a $5 reduction in the  price of a general parking pass to $10 when it is purchased in advance.

``The Dodgers have worked with traffic flow experts during the off- season,'' team senior vice president of external affairs Renata Simril said.

``We are implementing several recommendations in hopes of improving our  vehicular and pedestrian access. It is important to get our fans in and out of  the stadium as quickly and efficiently as possible.''

In an attempt to improve service on the Dodger Stadium Express bus from  Union Station, an eastbound dedicated bus lane on Sunset Boulevard has been  added in an attempt to provide for a quicker departure of buses.

Enhancements to the stadium, the third oldest in the major leagues  behind Boston's Fenway Park and Chicago's Wrigley Field, include:

-- expansion of the entries at the field level, enabling all fans with  pavilion, dugout, field, loge and club tickets to enter at entrances in the  north side of the stadium;

-- two 25,000-square foot plazas in right and left field. A fenced  walkway will enable fans to move between the right and left field plazas;

-- seating and lounging areas at bars and drink rails overlooking the  bullpens in the outfield;

-- a dedicated pedestrian entrance at the stadium's main entrance at  Sunset Boulevard, with new lighting, designed to encourage fans to use parking  lots 13 and 14 along Stadium Way and the route 2 and 4 buses along Sunset  Boulevard;

-- a team store in the left field plaza; a New Era cap store in the  right field plaza; areas to buy Hello Kitty merchandise in both outfield  plazas; a Nike store on the loge level; Majestic jersey stores in the left  field reserve level and the Lexus Dugout Club lobby; and

-- what the team describes as a ``state of the art'' wireless system.

Like with most every season, there will be new food options at Dodger  Stadium.

Tommy Lasorda's Italian Trattoria, in the right field plaza, will have  Italian-inspired fare, including pizza by the slice made with fresh dough,  Italian sausage with peppers and onions. Lasorda and other former Dodger  players will spend time with fans there.

The Think Blue BBQ will be in the left field plaza, with barbecue beef  brisket sandwiches and grilled turkey legs.

The LA extreme bacon wrapped dog will be available at the extreme loaded  hot dog stands. The major league nachos helmet with 64 ounces of crispy  tortilla chips will be available on the field, loge and reserve levels.

Opening day pregame entertainment will begin at 10 a.m. The Dixieland  band Angel City will play in the left field reserve plaza and The Trip will  perform classic rock music in the right field reserve plaza.

In the left and right field pavilion plaza areas there will be balloon  makers, face painters, caricature artists and the opportunities to take  pictures with Dodger memorabilia, including 5-foot diameter World Series rings,  an 8-foot replica of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, and interactive replicas of  the 76 ball and various bobbleheads. ``Sweet'' Lou Johnson will sign autographs  in the left field pavilion plaza area and fellow former Dodger outfielder Kenny  Landreaux will sign autographs in the right field pavilion plaza area.

On-field pregame ceremonies will begin at noon. The USC Trojan Marching  Band will perform and a special video will be shown. Representatives from the  U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard will present the  colors. California Highway Patrol officers and cadets will join members of all  five branches of the armed forces in unfurling a giant flag in center field.

The U.S. Navy parachute team, the Leap Frogs, will perform an aerial  jump into Dodger Stadium from a C-130 aircraft. The national anthem will be  performed by the LA Opera trio of James Creswell, Joshua Guerrero and Stephen  Powell. Lasorda will start the game by declaring, ``It's time for Dodger  baseball.'' Former Dodger broadcaster Ross Porter will be the public address  announcer.

The team did not disclose the identity of the person who will throw the  ceremonial first pitch. The honor went to Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax  last year.

The 1:10 p.m. game is sold out. The team is encouraging the fans to  carpool, arrive early and utilize the transportation alternatives that serve  Union Station and connect them to the Dodger Stadium Express, whose service  will begin at 10 a.m. and continue through 45 minutes after the game. Auto and  stadium games will open at 10 a.m.

The Los Angeles Police Department will enforce the policies against  drinking alcohol and tailgating in Dodger Stadium's parking lots, including  using its Bike Patrol, Officer Bruce Borihanh said.

 

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