Dodger Stadium is one of my favorite parks in baseball. Completed in 1962, it’s architecture features everything great about the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Below are images of the stadium along with design concepts and historical images that I found on Walter O’Malley’s Official site.
Los Angeles Dodger's Vice President of stadium operations Dick Walsh show's off an early concept model for the new Dodger Stadium
The concept for a new stadium began with industrial designer Buckminster Fuller (pictured above with Dodger president Walter O'Malley) Fuller proposed a geodesic dome to cover the stadium which would allow for 365 days of great weather for baseball.
The decision was made to move the Dodgers to Los Angeles and the new stadium would be built in Chavez Ravine. Below are early artist concept sketches for the stadium. Some ideas made it into the final stadium, some did not.
Early concept for a viewing board
An early sketch of a proposed scoreboard on the fence. This idea was not integrated into the final design.
The scoreboard today
The viewing board as realized today. You can sit in "MANNYWOOD"
Concepts for checkerboard seat colors
Early installation of chairs.
The original seating configuration. Note the aqua, red and yellow seats.
The renovation and tossing of the original seats
The original gold seats.
The new seating configuration.
The new seats
A precursor to today’s stadium suites, an artist’s rendering of enclosing the dugout boxes was considered for Dodger Stadium. The dugout level would have been enclosed by glass and air conditioned for the ultimate in fan comfort and proximity to the players.
An artist’s rendering of potential stadium boxes for the use of Dodger Stadium. Hanging boxes would have provided another method of fan comfort and improving the enjoyment of viewing a game.
Visitors dugout and field level seating as realized today. Note the color-blocked barricade separating the field level and infield level seating areas.
Colored walls were proposed for the parking lot
Multi-colored bumpers were also considered
A special food section for Dodger fans that would incorporate casual dining and an ice cream parlor.
Great Dodger Dog sign in the stadium
A more modern Dodger Dog ad.
Signature Dodger garlic fries.
An early stadium model
A proposed sculpture for behind the stadium
Think Blue sculpture that stands behind the stadium today.
A fountain with multi-colored lights was proposed for center field, it would have been a stadium first.
The current center field.
More great details at Dodger Stadium:
Atomic rafters in the bleachers
Stacked cinderblocks to create a textured effect.
More great ideas that never made it into the final stadium:
A monorail to take fans to and from the parking lot
Glass overpasses for fans in the parking lot
Being from New York City, I couldn’t bring myself to wear an LA hat, so I brought out the classic Brooklyn Dodgers hat:
Infiltrate Oriole Park at Camden Yards