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My Complaint about Dodger Stadium

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During the past year I have seen a few threads in the sports logos page about trying to get teams to wear a specific home cap and another trying to add striped stirrups. Seeing these threads have given me motivation to start my own thread about I change I wish would be made.

I am a big Dodger fan ever since I was 4 years old. Growing up in the late 90's and early 2000's this is the Stadium I remember going to during my childhood.

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During Frank McCourt's tenure as owner he made many changes to the stadium trying to make it look like it did back when It opened in '62

(In 1962)

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(In 2012)

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I have hated the new seat colors ever since he first repainted them circa 2007. I have done research and could tell that the original "pastel" look didn't last very long because by the 70's the Stadium sported the new Red,Blue,Orange,Yellow Paint scheme instead of the "pastel" look

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I want them to return to that look because many great Dodger Moments occurred while the stadium looked like that; the '81 and '88 World Series, Ramon Martinez's no-hitter, Steve Finley hitting the walk off home run against the Giants in 2004, and Fernandomania!. In addition the the moments I believe the color scheme of the 70's-2006 is more aesthetic and more modern looking in a time when 90% of stadium sport green walls and green seats. Don't you agree that the outfield wall should be Dodger Blue regardless of what the stadium looked like in 1962?

I am posting this to see if any of you agree with me. The new ownership has talked in depths about listening to the fans and hearing what improvements they want to the stadium and has mentioned some of the ideas they are planning.

Here are more of pics of the look I want them to return to

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The first time I walked into Dodger Stadium I found the seat color to be really jarring and didn't like it at all. But personally, the seats prior to the current change looked just as terrible. I think switching the seats to Dodger blue would be a good change and would spiff the place up a bit. There's not much I find to be good about Dodger stadium. The parking situation is the worst I've ever seen, being unable to leave your section and walk around the stadium is a huge flaw, and the fact that the place houses the Dodgers (sorry, big Giants fan here :P) makes it a pretty undesirable place for me to go. But despite that, the stadium has a lot of nice features too. It's got a great retro feel without feeling run down, and the view from the upper deck is absolutely phenomenal.

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The first time I walked into Dodger Stadium I found the seat color to be really jarring and didn't like it at all. But personally, the seats prior to the current change looked just as terrible. I think switching the seats to Dodger blue would be a good change and would spiff the place up a bit. There's not much I find to be good about Dodger stadium. The parking situation is the worst I've ever seen, being unable to leave your section and walk around the stadium is a huge flaw, and the fact that the place houses the Dodgers (sorry, big Giants fan here :P) makes it a pretty undesirable place for me to go. But despite that, the stadium has a lot of nice features too. It's got a great retro feel without feeling run down, and the view from the upper deck is absolutely phenomenal.

Oh I know I hate that parking. It used to be so much better about 10 years ago. Without a parking pass you could still park close to the stadium, now without a parking pass you're all the way in the boonies

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Yeah the yellow seats sucked too, all Dodger Blue would be perfect.

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They got the colors right the first time and got it right by going back.That classic Southern California aesthetic should be preserved in amber lest anyone forget how damn cool it was. If it were any cooler and smoother, I'd be eating it with a spoon.

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The parking sucks and always has. Getting there and back has always sucked and will always suck. Not being able to walk the stadium sucks. The seat colors... I could care less about. When watching a game at Dodger Stadium it's what the field looks like and the product on the field. I could care less about the seat colors, I want the team on the field to be good. But if you want to know something that I think sucks, going from a plain blue outfield wall to walls with ads on them and adding the boxes which take away foul ground!

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I think the new seats are easier on the eyes, but I would prefer all the seats being blue. I think that would be cool.

I always thought it was weird that the Stadium doesn't really have a real team store. It has a bunch of stands and the two tents in the outfield that have been there for a few years, but it doesn't have a real store..... Unless I've missed it everytime I've been to a game. Where the hell did people buy jerseys and such before the tents were set up?

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Don't they still have that store way at the top of the park? Used to be that you took the elevators (behind the Dodger logo in the upper left of this photo) to the top of the park and they had a pretty decent team store:

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They got the colors right the first time and got it right by going back.That classic Southern California aesthetic should be preserved in amber lest anyone forget how damn cool it was. If it were any cooler and smoother, I'd be eating it with a spoon.

Couldn't agree more.

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I like the seat colors the way they are now. The red-orange-mustard-blue look tacky and dated.

The light blue walls look good too and I love the backstop at Dodger Stadium.

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I disagree with the OP. I really like the look now. To me, the '80s and '90s look was cheap and mismatched. It looked like Shea. The current look is mismatched, but it looks like it was mismatched intentionally, not because they got a deal on 20,000 blue seats and 15,000 red ones. I probably wouldn't like the color scheme for any other team, but it's great for Dodger Stadium. Incidentally, the seats were not painted a few years back, they were replaced.

Also, those royal blue walls with sublimated graphics were terrible. To my eyes, nothing looks cheaper than sublimated graphics on outfield walls.

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They got the colors right the first time and got it right by going back.That classic Southern California aesthetic should be preserved in amber lest anyone forget how damn cool it was. If it were any cooler and smoother, I'd be eating it with a spoon.

Not to mention you turn the seats dodger blue and suddenly Dodger Stadium would look a lot like New Comiskey Park did until they fixed that park in the last few years. It didn't work in Chicago and it wouldn't work well in SoCal either. Park of Dodger Stadium's charm is the multicolored levels.

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They got the colors right the first time and got it right by going back.That classic Southern California aesthetic should be preserved in amber lest anyone forget how damn cool it was. If it were any cooler and smoother, I'd be eating it with a spoon.

Not to mention you turn the seats dodger blue and suddenly Dodger Stadium would look a lot like New Comiskey Park did until they fixed that park in the last few years. It didn't work in Chicago and it wouldn't work well in SoCal either. Park of Dodger Stadium's charm is the multicolored levels.

Not exactly. The seats in New Comiskey were a sterile medium blue color. Some media made the leap that Jerry Reinsdorf made the seats Dodger blue to pay tribute to his boyhood team the Brooklyn Dodgers, but the seats weren't close to Dodger blue. They were actually much closer to the blue the Dodgers use on their seats now, only darker and more bland. I don't think anybody would suggest the Dodgers use the same color as the White Sox did.

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When I went there last year, one of the first things I noticed was the seat color (which was easy to do, since so many of them were empty.) I agree with Admiral - I think they are perfect for that area, easy on the eyes, and just look "cool". I'm usually not one who likes different color seats, but if you're going to separate the upper from the lower sections, that's how to do it. The orange/yellow/blue/red scheme just screams "70s baseball", as nearly all cookie-cutter stadiums built in that era (Vet, 3Rivers, Riverfront, etc.) used that (or a very similar) rainbow scheme.

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I think Dodger Stadium also started doing a lot of signage in good old Futura (not ugly bold condensed) around the same time as the seat change, another terrific piece of 1961-inspired art direction. How can anyone not be on board? Did we learn nothing from Mad Men?

Comiskey Park should've gone with grey seats. The blue was ugly, and forest green is overdone.

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Comiskey Park should've gone with grey seats. The blue was ugly, and forest green is overdone.

Surely overdone, but it still looks nice. It is pleasing to the eyes, and more importantly, a neutral, natural color in the scheme of ballparks. The green kinda blends in with the crowd. With the blue, you could have an entire section full except for four of five empty seats in random positions, and they would stick out like sore thumbs.

I saw fan mockups of the Cell with seats the light green color which was used in the final decade of Comiskey Park. It was really interesting, and I like that color, but I think it would have been a little too bright. For reference, that color is close to the green walls in Marlins Park (although the seats are navy).

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I've been there twice (once this season and last) and love it. It's basically a living monument to baseball's westward expansion. People are there to--gasp--watch a baseball game! No dunk tanks or whiffle ball fields or a pool to hang out at. A baseball game.

And the view is absolutely gorgeous to boot.

And Gothamite, they may still sell stuff in that store at the upper deck, but they have a semi-permanent tent up at the parking lot level outside of LF (obviously you can't get to it without exiting the stadium from any level but the field level).

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I saw fan mockups of the Cell with seats the light green color which was used in the final decade of Comiskey Park. It was really interesting, and I like that color, but I think it would have been a little too bright. For reference, that color is close to the green walls in Marlins Park (although the seats are navy).

Here's a picture to give you a good idea of what they old Comiskey seats looked like:

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Don't they still have that store way at the top of the park? Used to be that you took the elevators (behind the Dodger logo in the upper left of this photo) to the top of the park and they had a pretty decent team store:

I haven't sat in the nose bleeds at Dodger Stadium in a while, so the store might be there. Next time I go to a Dodger game, I'll try to find it.

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Don't they still have that store way at the top of the park? Used to be that you took the elevators (behind the Dodger logo in the upper left of this photo) to the top of the park and they had a pretty decent team store:

I haven't sat in the nose bleeds at Dodger Stadium in a while, so the store might be there. Next time I go to a Dodger game, I'll try to find it.

It's still there.

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I was a red seat guy when I lived there and every time I've been back. Guess I won't be back.

Kidding, but I do feel the pastel seats are too dull or muted. Either way feels like Dodger Stadium to me, though.

And the top level store was great, as was the parking up there. I've never seen the rest of the park, though.

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