DIAMOND CATHEDRALS: Dodger Stadium, home to the Los Angeles Dodgers

The symbol of baseball’s westward lurch still holds up quite well. The view of the San Gabriel mountains is portrait-worthy, the Dodger Dog is an edible institution, and the “THINK BLUE” sign is neat in an Orwellian sort of way. And you can head to the park knowing there’s almost no chance of a rainout. Dodger Stadium is simple, unadorned and homey, and the experience is all about — novelty of novelties— watching a baseball game. Plus, you can say you were in the same building as Vin Scully. Opened April 10, 1962.

0515-Cole-Hamels-Gallery_20100515171634_600_400Dodger Stadium, occasionally referenced by local sportscasters with the metonym Chavez Ravine, is a stadium in Los Angeles. Located adjacent to Downtown Los Angeles, Dodger Stadium has been the home ballpark of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers team since 1962. Dodger Stadium was constructed from 1959 to 1962 at a cost of $23 million, financed by private sources.

Dodger Stadium is currently the third-oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball, after Fenway Park in Boston (opened in 1912) and Wrigley Field in Chicago (opened in 1914) and is the largest MLB stadium by seat capacity. Often referred to as a “pitcher’s ballpark”, the stadium has seen 11 no-hitters, two of which were perfect games. The most recent no-hitter was thrown by Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers on June 18, 2014 against the Colorado Rockies.

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The stadium hosted the 1980 MLB All-Star Game, as well as games of the 1963, 1965, 1966, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1981, and 1988 World Series.

It also hosted the semifinals and finals of the 2009 World Baseball Classic as well as exhibition baseball during the 1984 Summer Olympics. The 2012 season marked the fiftieth anniversary of the stadium.

stadium630x240The stadium hosted a soccer tournament on August 3, 2013 featuring four clubs, the hometown team Los Angeles Galaxy, and European giants Real Madrid, Everton, and Juventus. For the first time at Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks played a regular season game on January 25 as part of the NHL Stadium Series.