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Dodger Stadium Construction Facts

Constructed at a cost of $23 million, Walter O’Malley’s dream stadium was the first privately-built Major League Baseball stadium since Yankee Stadium opened in 1923

Seating capacity: 56,000

Parking for 16,000 cars

Dodger Stadium engineered by Capt. Emil Praeger of Praeger, Kavanagh and Waterbury, New York and constructed by Vinnell Constructors of Alhambra, CA, headed by Vice President and on-site supervisor Jack Yount

Opening Day on April 10, 1962 (Cincinnati Reds defeated the Dodgers, 6-3)

8,000,000 cubic yards of earth were moved to level, grade hills, cuts and fills up to 150 feet of soil
80,000 tons of asphalt and paving for parking lots and roads

To visualize the vastness of the project, one might take a building whose outer walls encompass a city block of 200 x 400 feet. If a building of these dimensions is half-mile high or 260 stories (New York’s Empire State Building is 80 stories high) and could be erected and filled to the top, it would then hold the rock and earth which had to be moved to create this 300-acre site

23,000 precast concrete frames and planks (largest of the frames, 78 in total, weighed 38 tons each)

40,000 cubic yards of concrete

13,000,000 pounds of reinforcing steel

546 tons of cast iron

375,000 board feet of lumber (Northern elm wood)

3 tons of aluminum nuts and bolts

342 workers on the job at its peak

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