The Dodgers this week unveiled plans for a $100 million renovation of Dodger Stadium that will provide a new centerfield plaza as well as elevators and bridges that will connect the outfield pavilions to the rest of the stadium, along with a statue of Sandy Koufax.
“Dodger Stadium has always been and remains the most beautiful place ever built to play or watch the game of baseball, and these renovations will enhance every aspect of the fan experience with modern and family-friendly amenities,” Dodger President/CEO Stan Kasten said. “This latest project continues to demonstrate ownership’s commitment to give a first-class experience to the best fans in the baseball.”
Details of the project, which is expected to be completed in time for next season, were announced in conjunction with the unveiling of the logo for the 2020 MLB All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium.
According to the team, the new centerfield plaza will cover about two acres, featuring food booths, a beer garden, retail shops, kids play area and a space for live music. There will also be a “batter’s eye” wall in straightaway centerfield.
The plaza will also serve as permanent home for the “Legends of Dodger Baseball” plaques. Don Newcombe, Steve Garvey and Fernando Valenzuela comprised this year’s inaugural class of “legends.” A statue of Jackie Robinson will be moved to the plaza from the left field reserve level, and it will be joined by a statue of Koufax.
“In 1955, I joined the Brooklyn Dodgers. It was my honor to be with Jackie Robinson in life,” Koufax said. “Now in Los Angeles, it is again my honor to be with him in bronze and to thank the Los Angeles fans for treating me so well on this journey.”