Dodger Stadium is set to host the 2020 MLB All-Star Game and the Los Angeles Dodgers are planning a pretty big addition to center field.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have not hosted the MLB All-Star Game since 1980. By the time the 2020 MLB All-Star Game rolls around, it will mark 40 years since the best players in baseball all gathered for the exhibition game of the summer.
Despite there being such a long gap in between games, not much has changed about Dodger Stadium. Under the Guggenheim ownership group Dodger Stadium has made some renovations. The two pavilions are connected, there is a bullpen bar and the field level seats are now painted a light baby blue.
Other small things have been changed over the years, such as the infamous tarp in the center-most section of the bleachers that expands the batters eye. The locker rooms have been renovated, but nothing that is visible to a fan’s eye.
By the time the 2020 MLB All-Star Game rolls around, though, we may see a completely new Dodger Stadium. Rendered photos at Dodger Stadium show the potential plans for “The new centerfield at Dodger Stadium”
From what we can see in these renderings, there looks to be multiple layers of standing room areas for fans to walk around the park and watch the game. Although there are no visible areas to sit or grab food, it is more than likely that several food and beer stands as well as merchandise stands will be added. Anything to make more money.
The most intriguing addition is the raised bleachers, which sit much higher than the left and right field pavilions and likely will be at the same height as the loge level.
As much as I try to stay away from the hard wooden bleachers, that looks awesome.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are yet to announce any changes to center field at Dodger Stadium and have not announced any big changes to the field in general. However, when the Dodgers were awarded the game, the team announced that there would be changes. This could be the first example of what could be a slew of changes to Chavez Ravine.
What do you think about the new center field at Dodger Stadium? Does it grab your attention and will you try and sit there as soon as possible? Or, does it ruin the mystique and nosatlgia of Dodger Stadium? It is a big change after all.
Regardless, Dodger Stadium already holds the most capacity out of any MLB stadium. With the new center field, Dodger Stadium may surpass a capacity of 60,000 fans. If so, the 2020 MLB All-Star Game would become the eighth All-Star Game ever with 60,000 in attendance.