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Hitmen77
04-13-2012, 10:07 AM
I'm actually a couple of days late on this. The Dodgers played their first game there on April 10, 1962.

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/apr/09/sports/la-sp-0410-scully-dodger-stadium-20120410

For the first 4 seasons of the ballpark, the Angels also played there (under the moniker "Chavez Ravine"). The Dodgers have now played at Dodger Stadium for longer than they played at Ebbets Field (45 seasons).

LITTLE NELL
04-13-2012, 12:24 PM
Attended a game out there a few years ago. Truly a beautiful stadium and has held up well in its 50 years. For comparison my first visit to Comiskey was in 1955 when it was 45 years old and there is no comparison. The Comiskey family never had the money to maintain Comiskey the way it should have been and if they had maybe it would still be with us.

Johnny Mostil
04-13-2012, 04:32 PM
Now that it's 50, I guess I can quit being surprised it's the third-oldest park in the majors . . .

Zakath
04-14-2012, 12:54 AM
Now that it's 50, I guess I can quit being surprised it's the third-oldest park in the majors . . .

Had to think about what the next oldest is after it, and there are actually 2 that opened in 1966 (Oakland and Anaheim). Have to go to 1973 for the next one (KC). No other stadium is more than 25 years old (Rogers Centre is 23).

DSpivack
04-14-2012, 01:17 AM
Had to think about what the next oldest is after it, and there are actually 2 that opened in 1966 (Oakland and Anaheim). Have to go to 1973 for the next one (KC). No other stadium is more than 25 years old (Rogers Centre is 23).

And the latter two have been (relatively) recently renovated, while Oakland only got a big ugly addition many moons ago.

Zakath
04-14-2012, 01:38 AM
And the latter two have been (relatively) recently renovated, while Oakland only got a big ugly addition many moons ago.

At least Angel Stadium and Kaufmann are decent parks. Oakland's Coliseum is just a total dump.

Hard to believe that the Sox now have the 9th oldest stadium in the majors.

AZChiSoxFan
04-16-2012, 08:16 PM
Went to the game yesterday at Dodger Stadium. I love that place.

soxinem1
04-16-2012, 10:04 PM
Went to the game yesterday at Dodger Stadium. I love that place.

The Brooklyn people can say what they want about Walter O'Malley. He envisioned and designed that park better than any other in history.

Don't forget, that design was mid/late 1950's. Who would have thought that the original design would stand the test of time for a half century and counting.

Railsplitter
04-18-2012, 10:50 AM
Think of all the parks built since 1962 that aren't around anymore. Shea Stadium, The Astrodome, and the qaudruplets in St.louis, conncy, Pittsburgh, and Phildelphia come to mind right away.