Team working out kinks after renovation

Team working out kinks after renovation

SAN DIEGO -- The second homestand at renovated Dodger Stadium begins on Monday, and management is hoping it turns out as successful as the first, in which the club went undefeated and fans seemed to enjoy the $20 million in upgrades of the 43-year-old ballpark.

Because of the recent renovation at Dodger Stadium, fans discovered a new level of energy, both in the physical facilities and in the overall entertainment experience. The addition of roughly 1,600 seats, in what was foul territory, brought fans as close as just eight feet from the foul lines. As a result of the move of the dugouts 30 feet closer to the field, the Dodgers also were able to add between four and 12 rows of premium seats from foul pole to foul pole -- a change that not only straightens out the ballpark's lines, but also brings fans closer to the action.

The seat additions also have generated some fan complaints. Drew McCourt, newly appointed director of marketing and the manager for the renovation project that took place during this past offseason, explained that while the stadium renovation has been widely well-received, the Dodgers have received feedback about sightline problems from within the new base-line seats.

"Fans generally are thrilled that they can get that close to the action, but there are a few issues that have been raised that we are working to address," said McCourt. "We are prepared to do whatever is needed to remedy the sightline situation."

McCourt said minor adjustments may be made immediately, but major work must wait until the offseason.

"We are always working to address the concerns of tickets holders," McCourt said. "If our fans are displeased with their seats and want to be relocated, we will accommodate that request to the best of our ability."

In general, however, McCourt said the project must be considered a success.

"The setting is more intimate, the LED board brings added excitement and energy to the stadium experience and the dirt warning track is popular with the traditionalists," he said. "Fans also are enjoying a much wider assortment of foods at stadium concession stands, which are now equipped to accept credit cards for the first time in the stadium's history."

McCourt said the contracting of TicketMaster as the club's ticket vendor, along with the fast start on the field, has resulted in more tickets being sold to this point than any season since 1991.

"With everything we do, there is a mission," McCourt said. "We want to bring championship baseball back, make Dodger Stadium the best sports venue in the country and run a healthy business."

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.