Dodger Stadium Parking Lot Concerns – from 1962

Dodger Stadium opened to Major League Baseball on April 10, 1962. Though the stadium was an immediate hit (“Baseball’s Taj Mahal,” it’s been called), the design of the parking lot and entrances have been been debated since day one. See the article below, from the Ellensburg Daily Record, April 11, 1962.

I find it interesting that “3-hour ordeal” of trying to exit the parking lot that was predicted for the first game did not materialize. I admit, I have experienced inching my way out of the Dodger Stadium parking lot for nearly two hours before making the exit. Most Dodger fans, if they are truthful, would admit to this experience as well.

With the sale of the Dodgers to the Magic Johnson group announced last night, it appears that Frank McCourt will still maintain control of the Parking Lots and land surrounding the stadium.

In a slightly-bitter editorial from April 20, 1962, Ventura County’s Press-Courier bemoans the fact that at the time, there were no public drinking fountains available in Dodger Stadium – a fact that may have been by design.

The editor’s solution? Fans should bring their own food to the stadium, and if Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley still wanted to make more money, he could open a “Chavez Ravine Emporium” in the parking lot.

In his time as owner, Frank McCourt announced actual plans (called the “Dodger Stadium: The Next 50 Years Project“) very similar to the “Chavez Ravine Emporium.”

I’ll be in my 80’s fifty years from now. My biggest hope for that future is that McCourt’s parking lot has space for my flying car and that there is somewhere near the stadium entrance to check and store my jetpack. Beyond that, a Park and Promenade might be nice, too.

Oh yeah, I hope that the exits to 101 and to I-5 is a little easier to access by then, too, but that seems like a pretty far-fetched wish. I’m trying to be realistic here.

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