What follows was not written by me, but is from long-time commenter The Original Gonzo:
When Walter O’Malley decided to move the Dodgers to L.A. little did he know of the immense change for the future of baseball in the west. O’Malley was a visionary that saw “the big picture” of what the Dodgers could offer the City of L.A. and vice – versa. 1962. That is when Dodger Stadium opened its doors for the first time and what a sight it was; a state of the art stadium in Chavez Ravine that gave fans that went to games there a notion of finding the Utopia of baseball. This stadium has hosted many important games and has given the highest of the highs and lowest of the lows to Dodger fans.
But is it time for the Dodgers to seriously think about getting a new stadium in the downtown L.A. area? Personally, I think so. Not only is Dodger stadium dated in terms of new stadiums nowadays, it also sits on 300 acres of land that again, in my opinion most of it is dead space and an invitation for bad things to happen. Case in point, the Bryan Stow beating on opening day. Could it have happened at any other stadium? Yes, but in my experience visiting ballparks police officers are part of the landscape minimizing the risk of an attack happening or helping people. Not so much at Dodger Stadium. How many police officers would be needed to efficiently cover the parking lot at Dodger Stadium? You tell me. I always hear complaints from fans about the bathrooms and concession stands which makes me reiterate that this stadium was built for 1962 and about 20 years beyond that. Getting out of the parking lot can take as much as one to two hours if you stay nine innings. Getting a stadium downtown, I believe parking issues disappear as there would be more options on how to get to the park. Concession stands and facilities would be better as well. Most importantly, there would be more constant police presence.
Sometimes nostalgia makes us hold on to things that need to be replaced like that old university sweatshirt you have had for over ten years thinking it looks good on you with the faded colors that you are so proud to wear. As a Dodger fan since Fernandomania, I appreciate all the memories that Dodger Stadium has given me especially Gibson’s homerun in ’88. If the House that Ruth built had to come down, why do we want to hold on to our stadium when we can upgrade? Unfortunately the luster on Dodger Stadium is fading and we have to prepare to move onto bigger and better things. If the Mets made a replica of Ebbets Field why can’t the Dodgers make a replica of Dodger Stadium? Only a more modern one. Never forget or undervalue what this stadium has done for us as fans or baseball as a whole, but ultimately Dodger Stadium needs to be replaced. – The Original Gonzo
I might add, that the City of New York built stadiums, so did other cities. The owner of the Dodgers could get LA to build a stadium downtown and then develop the Ravine…
Just a thought.