Dodgers to Play in the Coliseum in 2008

Los Angeles Dodgers fans have another thing to cheer for this offseason. The Dodgers have announced that they will play an exhibition game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on March 29, 2008 against the Boston Red Sox.

When the Dodgers moved out of the Coliseum in 1962, most thought that there will never be another game hosted at the facility.
But the Dodgers are coming back there forty-six years later. The move comes as the Dodgers are celebrating the club’s 50th anniversary since moving to Los Angeles from New York.

The announcement was made by executives from the Dodgers and Red Sox, who were joined by politicians and former players at a news conference. The news conference was hosted by legendary broadcaster Vin Scully at the Coliseum on Monday to announce the event.

“It’s going to be so much fun next March 29,” said Dodgers chairman Frank McCourt. “There’s already a great buzz about it. It’s just a pleasure. I think Senator Mark Ridley Thomas had a great idea and we just jumped on the opportunity. It’s going to be a special, special night here in LA, not only to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the team’s arrival in LA, but the proceeds are going to go to ThinkCure, our new official charity.”

This is great news for the Dodgers and baseball. The proceeds are going to ThinkCure (a charity that is dedicated to raising funds for  cancer research and ultimately finding a cure for cancer), so that is always great. The Dodgers will spend around $250,000 to build temporary dugouts for the game as well as to erect a longer and larger metal curtain in left field, dubbed the “Chinese curtain” from 1958 through 1961 when the Dodgers played in the Coliseum. This curtain was created to prevent pop flies from becoming home runs because the dimensions of the Coliseum made left field just 251 feet away from home plate.

Joe Torre was excited about the announcement. Said Torre, “This will be dynamite, it really will. Just to know the history of the Dodgers coming out here, their being in Brooklyn for so many years and to have the good fortune of playing the Red Sox. I’m sort of used to playing the Red Sox for the last 12 years and to have the world champs come out here to commemorate that great date and that great event, I think is very special and I expect to see a few people in this ballpark.”

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~ by mlb2007playoffs on November 27, 2007.

One Response to “Dodgers to Play in the Coliseum in 2008”

  1. This is the last season for three teams at their current homes; most notably, the Los Angeles Dodgers end their 61-year run at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla. The final Dodgers game at Holman Stadium is March 17 against the Houston Astros. The Dodgers visit the Florida Marlins the next day in Jupiter, Fla., before jetting off to Arizona, where they’ll share a complex in Glendale with the Chicago White Sox beginning next spring.

    The Dodgers will play six games in Arizona this spring, including two home games at the Oakland Athletics facility in Phoenix before finishing with a game in Anaheim, Calif., against the Los Angeles Angels and three against the Boston Red Sox in Los Angeles.

    The second of those games versus the Red Sox, March 29, will be played in the Los Angeles Coliseum, marking the 50th anniversary of the Dodgers’ move from Brooklyn. The team played at the Coliseum during its first four seasons in California.

    LA Dodgers fan

    Noel

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