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Orel Hershiser wants to make Dodger Stadium look kinda silly

Mar 26, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

Orel Hershiser isn’t involved in the bidding for the Dodgers, but he is campaigning for Dodger Stadium. As in, he wants to be sure it lasts for many more years, and to that end has commissioned an architectural rendering of what a renovated Dodger Stadium might look like:

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(rendering by Brian Kite / Lynx Architecture)

Thoughts:

  • The deck in right field — along with the additional seats in left field where currently a bullpen sits — appears to increase the seating. Dodger Stadium currently holds 56,000 people. The highest average attendance the Dodgers have ever had in a season was in 2007 when they averaged 47,614 a game. Does the place really need new seats?
  • The deck in right field is also rather horrifying. The Ballpark in Arlington called and said that if this was designed by anyone other than old Tiger Stadium, they’re stealing its bit.  And that aside, the current zig-zaggy roof over the outfield seats is really cool, but this plan obliterates it. Same goes for the hexagonal scoreboard. Anyone interested in preserving Dodger Stadium has to preserve the cool stuff, man.
  • Since when do the Dodgers feature a script-D logo like the one on that center field scoreboard?
  • Since when do the Dodgers want to install a Yankee Stadium (or heck, Ballpark in Arlington)-style frieze?  The Dodgers’ history is as rich as any team’s in the game. They don’t need to start appropriating stuff from other teams.

Look, maybe Dodger Stadium needs some work and modernization. But it doesn’t need a design overhaul.  It was and still remains a fabulously designed park. Bringing it into the 21st century, cleaning it up and adding some conveniences should not require turning it into a frankenpark like this design.

Your heart is in the right place, Mr. Hershiser. But go back to the drawing board.

  1. brohancruyff - Mar 26, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    It appears that the “architectural rendering” is just the Rangers’ outfield badly photoshopped over a photo of Dodger Stadium. The “D” in center field is particularly awful. Just…ugh.

  2. dkb1968 - Mar 26, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    I hope he didn’t pay much for this “rendering.” That is simply The Ballpark in Arlington, with most of the office building in centerfield and all of the upper deck in left field removed!

    • aleskel - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

      Anybody who’s been to Dodger Stadium will tell you that the view of the hills in the outfield is one of the truly beautiful sights in baseball. What a horrid idea it would be to block it.

      • Old Gator - Mar 26, 2012 at 3:19 PM

        I agree. It would be much better just to remove the hills.

      • Gamera the Brave - Mar 27, 2012 at 1:35 PM

        Gator,
        The smog in that part of L.A. is already busily tearing down the hills, bit by bit already…

  3. koufaxmitzvah - Mar 26, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    What it needs are some flapping guppies from the Santa Monica Pier.

  4. Detroit Michael - Mar 26, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Nice product placements. Did the sponsors pay a fee just to be included in the artist’s rendering?

  5. firstandonlywarning - Mar 26, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    You know its a photo-shopped picture when it shows a full dodger stadium and it’s not opening (stab another human being to death) day.

  6. buffalomafia - Mar 26, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Maybe bring the Dodgers back to Brooklyn?

    • nagrommit - Mar 26, 2012 at 11:29 AM

      The Rays. The Rays belong in Brooklyn.

  7. nagrommit - Mar 26, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    As long as McCourt retains control of the parking lots, Dodger Stadium is in peril.

    • lanflfan - Mar 26, 2012 at 4:53 PM

      As long as McCourt has the parking lots, the boycott will continue.

  8. yankeesfanlen - Mar 26, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Looks like ten pounds in a five pound bag to me.

  9. shawndc04 - Mar 26, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    No, no, my gosh, no!

  10. goawaydog - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    As a Giants fan I think this is awesome, having a classic NL stadium turned into a AL copy cat is such a great idea, the only thing that would make it better is if they could get the Raiders to play there too (ooops crossed the football talk line, my bad!)

  11. okcyankeefan - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Clearly, the extra seats are needed – check out the sell-out crowd! And is that Babe Ruth’s ghost in the foreground calling the shot?

  12. buffalomafia - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Who says bring the Dodgers back to Brooklyn!

  13. loge23 - Mar 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Yikes! Where is the kitchen sink?

  14. granted42 - Mar 26, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    1. What position does Hershiser hold with the Dodgers that he can commission this and promote it, even before the team’s been sold.

    2. Why make any changes to the stadium when the parking lot is under the control of McCourt.

    Even as a Giants’ fan, I don’t think so little of Dodger fans to believe they would be happy with these kind of cosmetic changes. Of course, there are some Hollywood types who might be, but they wouldn’t be caught dead in the outfield seats anyway. They would have to look at it though, but since they’re only at the game for a couple of innings anyway, their opinion shouldn’t count for much.

  15. lanflfan - Mar 26, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    I love Orel, he’s one of my favorite players, but NO THANKS. That monstrosity should never again see the light of day. Did George Costanza create that eyesore?

    And, technically, the Dodgers have increased the capacity of Dodger Stadium. There are more than 56,000 seats (including luxury boxes) in the stadium, but the Stadium city permits limit capacity to 56,000. The additional seating is covered in a tarp (you can see these on both sides of the outfield pavilions) or just removed.

    The Stadium does need some 21st century improvements, but not a craptastic import from other ugly stadiums.

  16. dallasstars9 - Mar 26, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    This does look very similar to Arlington. I think the stadium definitely needs an update and the zig-zag roof is dated. And now that the Angels have taken over SoCal baseball, The Dodgers need something!

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