Walter O'Malley : Dodger Stadium : Construction Facts

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 1923Constructed 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 carsParking 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 soil8,000,000 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)</li>
	<li>40,000 cubic yards of concrete23,000 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
  • 19 euclids (giant earth-movers) were on the job (each euclid carried 24 cubic yards of dirt per load and 100,000 cubic yards of dirt was moved per week)19 euclids (giant earth-movers) were on the job (each euclid carried 24 cubic yards of dirt per load and 100,000 cubic yards of dirt was moved per week)
  • 48 lounge rooms (24 for ladies and 24 for gentlemen), most-ever for a stadium at the time
  • If Dodger Stadium seats were arranged in one long row, they would stretch 33.7 miles
  • 50,000 chairs would comprise 40 railroad carloads50,000 chairs would comprise 40 railroad carloads
  • Cast grey iron in chairs weighs 550 tons
  • Stadium arranged by colorful levels: All Field Level seats were yellow; Loge Level seats were orange; Stadium Club and Dugout Box levels were red, yellow and blue; Reserved Level were turquoise; and Top Deck were sky blue
  • Average width of Dodger Stadium seats are 20 inches
  • Unobstructed vision from every seat because of cantilever theory, in which there are no pillars or posts between a single fan and the gameUnobstructed vision from every seat because of cantilever theory, in which there are no pillars or posts between a single fan and the game
  • Fans are afforded opportunity to watch games from seven different front row elevations and no grandstand is deeper than 20-odd rows
  • There are more vertical aisles in Dodger Stadium than in any baseball park ever built before, allowing for a capacity crowd to exit the stands in only five minutes at the conclusion of a game
  • Seating for 3,000 in each of two outfield Pavilions
  • 70 percent of seats within the infield area70 percent of seats within the infield area
  • Terraced parking eliminates vertical climbing
  • 27 lanes of traffic off 6 major access roads
  • Symmetrical playing field:  330 feet down the right and left field foul lines, 380 feet to both left and right center and 410 feet to dead center fieldSymmetrical playing field: 330 feet down the right and left field foul lines, 380 feet to both left and right center and 410 feet to dead center field
  • Nearly 60 x 90 feet of front office space in left field corner
  • 2 major elevators, one for fans to access some box seats and other for press and Dodger personnel
  • Initial “Club Level” concept with seating, nearby parking and Stadium Club dining for members at the “Diamond Room” restaurant and the “Abner Doubleday Lounge”
  • Largest message board (248 characters) in baseball (left field) and 75 x 34 feet scoreboard (right field)
  • The four scoreboards (two in outfield and two auxiliary positions) use 400,000 feet of wire, 17,000 lamps and enough electricity for 200 homes. The auxiliary scoreboards (55 feet long by 4 1/2 feet high) on balcony railings allow fans to keep up the game’s basic information
  • 8 banks of “reflectorized” lights would have, at the time, produced enough illumination to light up the city of Seattle — in excess of four million watts8 banks of “reflectorized” lights would have, at the time, produced enough illumination to light up the city of Seattle — in excess of four million watts
  • More than 10 miles of steel and aluminum conduit and 50 miles of insulated copper wires
  • Open-weave 120 x 30 foot nylon screen, dark green in color, for batter’s eye background
  • Where the playing field lies was a 590-foot dirt hill which had been excavated from the Hollywood (101) Freeway