Friday, March 29, 2013
In with the new clubhouse, out with the nostalgia
By Mark Saxon
Dodger Stadium has undergone $100 million in renovations in the offseason.
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers players were impressed with the expensive upgrades the team made to the home clubhouse. Among the features are a state-of-the-art weight room, more spacious trainer and dining areas and a "quiet room," with a handful of massage chairs, some high-resolution TVs and a trainer's table.
"Just walked through our new clubhouse, WOW!" Adrian Gonzalez tweeted Friday. "Amazing. That is all I can say."
But one thing the Dodgers demolished with the walls of the old clubhouse was another connection with their past. In the old room, Dodgers teams celebrated thousands of wins, 17 playoff appearances, four World Series titles and Sandy Koufax's perfect game against the Chicago Cubs, among other moments.
"There's a lot of history in that clubhouse, but sometimes change is good," Manny Mota said. "This is great for the players."
The majority of the $100 million or so of Dodger Stadium upgrades were finished in time for Friday night's exhibition game against the Los Angeles Angels, but there was still plenty of dust and unfinished details. Construction crews will work through the weekend to try to get most projects done in time for Monday's Opening Day.
The Dodgers were able to retain the early-1960s ambience at the stadium, with much of the signage returning to vintage lettering.