OLD IS NEW AGAIN AT DODGER STADIUM UPGRADES INCLUDE ORIGINAL LOOK OF VENUE.Byline: Vincent Bonsignore Staff Writer
Francis "Frank" McCourt (born August 19, 1930) is an Irish-American teacher and author. didn't get the VIP treatment the first time he came to Dodger Stadium • • [ . About a year before he purchased the team, he visited Chavez Ravine unannounced, entering the stadium at its highest level behind parking lot two.
What he saw that day he'll never forget.
``It was one of those gorgeous, clear Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. days and as I stepped foot in the stadium it seemed like I could see forever,'' McCourt recalled Wednesday. ``In front of me were mountains and a clear sky for miles and miles and miles. Then I turned to look behind me, and I had a clear, beautiful view of downtown L.A. The word that comes to mind is awestruck awe·struck also awe·strick·en
Full of awe.
overcome or filled with awe
Adj. 1. .''
That image has stuck with McCourt during the two years he's owned the Dodgers, serving as a mental blueprint as he goes about improving the franchise, on and off the field.
We'll find out Monday the type of strides the team on the field has made when the Dodgers open the 2006 season against the Atlanta Braves The Atlanta Braves are a professional baseball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. The Braves are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball's National League. From to the present, the Braves have played in Turner Field. . But it was obvious Wednesday, McCourt cares just as much about his stadium.
McCourt hosted a group of reporters on a guided tour guided tour guide n → visite guidée;
what time does the guided tour start? → la visite guidée commence à quelle heure? of Dodger Stadium to highlight improvements made during a multi-million dollar offseason construction project. Like a proud homeowner who invited all the neighbors over for a tour of his new digs, McCourt beamed as he explained all the new improvements.
Among the highlights:
-- Replacing all of the seats within the primary seating bowl.
-- Returning the stadium's original color palette Also called a "color lookup table," "lookup table," "index map," "color table" or "color map," it is a commonly used method for saving file space when creating 8-bit color images. , repairing and conducting maintenance in the concrete and structure within the seating bowl area.
-- A traditional yet modern box seat area adjacent to each dugout.
-- The addition of a new terrace outside the Loge Level seating entrance.
The Dodgers invested more than $20 million in the most recent renovation, the second phase of a six-phase project McCourt has planned. His ultimate goal: To modernize Chavez Ravine without compromising its historical uniqueness.
``This is the fourth oldest stadium in baseball,'' McCourt said. ``And when the new Yankee Stadium This article or section is about a planned or proposed stadium.
It may contain information of a speculative nature and the content may change dramatically as the construction and/or goes up we'll be third along with Wrigley Field For the former ballpark in Los Angeles, see .
• • [ in Chicago and Fenway Park in Boston.
Fans who visit the park this year will immediately recognize two major renovations: The box seat areas and the original color scheme. In fact, for anyone who grew up attending Dodgers games in the 1960s, it might seem like they traveled back in time as soon as they see the new seats.
Ironically, McCourt and his work crew didn't plan on restoring the seat colors to their 1962 palette until someone stumbled upon some seats saved from the last major renovation more than 30 years ago.
When McCourt looked at the uniquely Southern California pastel shades, he immediately knew what he had to do.
``Sometimes you realize how perfect an original concept really is,'' McCourt said.
Vincent Bonsignore, (818) 713-3612
(1 -- color) Dodgers owner Frank McCourt rests in one of Dodger Stadium's renovated seats, which will have the venue's original color.
(2) Frank McCourt studies Dodger Stadium's renovations, which cost an estimated $20 million.
Andy Holzman/Staff Photographer