Dodgers president Stan Kasten returned from the construction zone that is Dodger Stadium with a vision of the future.
“Maybe not by Thursday,” he said, “but by Friday it will get done.”
The media, whose tour of the new-look stadium is still a few days away, aren’t the only ones skeptical of this pronouncement. The renovated clubhouses are supposed to be ready by Thursday, one day before the Dodgers host their first exhibition game against the Angels, and “I’m fully planning on winning several bets I had with a number of our players who doubted us,” Kasten said.
The ambitious project included unforeseen snags and cost overruns that ran the total bill “north” of $100 million, but overall Kasten had an upbeat outlook Saturday.
“We’re happy, proud and a little surprised it did get done,” he said.
If anything should make him nervous it’s Opening Day.
Team president Stan Kasten unveiled the above schematic showing the clubhouse-level renovations at Dodger Stadium. It’s a series of three images. The top image shows the old clubhouse (in blue). The middle shows the expanded area. The bottom image shows the overlay of the new (black outline) atop the old (blue). Kasten didn’t reveal the exact square footage before and after the renovation, but he said the total area will roughly double.
This area of Dodger Stadium is hidden to most fans. For reference’s sake, the blue protrusion extending from the “top” of the clubhouse (top image) is the tunnel leading into the third-base (home) dugout.
We’ve known for some time that Dodger Stadium was getting major renovations this off-season. On Tuesday we got a better idea of how sprawling the multi-year project is. More than any questions about how the fan experience will be improved — if you complained about it, the team was listening — one was left to wonder: Are they going to get this done in time for the first Freeway Series game against the Angels on March 29?
“I think we’re going to get it done by opening day,” team president Stan Kasten said. “The unforeseen is unforeseeable. It might bleed into the season.”
Check out these photos and judge for yourself. An artist’s rendering of the final product is above.