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The center-field area of Dodger Stadium is going to look quite different next year, starting with a tribute to one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history.
Koufax’s statue will be the second to be added to Dodger Stadium, following the Jackie Robinson statue unveiled last year. Previously located in the stadium’s left-field plaza, the Robinson statue will reportedly be moved to center field and flank Koufax’s statue.
The Koufax is scheduled to be unveiled next year.
Everything coming to Dodger Stadium
The statues will be surrounded by a new entertainment plaza in center field. According to the Times, the renovations coming to Dodger Stadium include:
Space for pregame and postgame live music
Game-viewing area above the batter’s eye
“Legends of Dodger Baseball” plaques, which currently include Don Newcombe, Steve Garvey and Fernando Valenzuela
New food establishments
A beer garden
Two sports bars
A children’s play area
New restrooms in left field and right field
Enclosed bars with views of the bullpens
Elevators, escalators and bridges connecting the pavilion to the rest of the stadium
All of the changes are reportedly expected to be completed by the beginning of next season.
“We’re finally going to have a front door with this entertainment plaza we’re building below and beyond the pavilions,” Dodgers president Stan Kasten said, according to the Times. “It’s going to act like a two-acre tailgating area pre- and postgame.”
All of these renovations might be related to the 2020 MLB All-Star Game, which is set to return to Dodger Stadium for the first time since 1980.
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