McCourt said there were three things that were brought to his attention by the fans when he took
over as the owner the Dodgers in 2004. He said fans complained about the seating at the stadium,
the congestion in the parking lots and the long lines at the concession stands.
In 2005, McCourt had the seats in the stadium replaced, and this season, the team unveiled a new
parking system, coordinated by a high-tech transportation center located in the stadium. Now,
McCourt has set his sights on improving the fan experience by providing new and improved
kitchens, wider hallways to accommodates more people and more restrooms.
"One of our primary goals as stewards of the Dodgers is to provide the best fan experience in all of
sports," McCourt said. "When the Dodgers opened in 1962, there were 2.7 million fans. This year,
we will welcome more than 3.8 million fans. Dodger Stadium is one of the finest stadiums in all of
the sports, but in order to provide better service and more amenities for this increased fan base, we
need to create more space and redesign the concourses."
McCourt announced that the new plan will be "green friendly," with the addition of a new energy-efficient and environmentally safe cooling system that will provide stadium-wide cooling in the
work space and at all concessions stands.
Maria Elena Durazo, the executive secretary and treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation
of Labor, AFL-CIO, acknowledged the efforts of McCourt and the Dodgers in improving the
workspace environment of the hundreds of kitchen workers at Dodger Stadium.
"With the upgrade in technology and improved work conditions, workers will be able to better serve
the Dodger fans," Durazo said. "We're very proud of our relationship with Mr. and Mrs. McCourt
and the entire Dodger organization. This relationship is based on trust, based on inclusion and based
on commitment to good jobs, and those good jobs are a big contribution to our community and our
The renovation plan, which is already under way, is expected to be completed in the offseason, and
the Dodgers expect to renovate the other levels in the upcoming years. According to McCourt, all
the levels at Dodger Stadium will undergo a face lift, improving the fan experience from field level
to the reserve level.
"All in all, it's going to be a great addition to our ballpark," McCourt said. "We want to improve
the amenities and the fan experience while keeping the great feel of Dodger Stadium. We will make
sure to protect that."