LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — The Los Angeles Dodgers kicked off their 2013 season on Monday, hosting the San Francisco Giants.
Dodgers Beat writer Dylan Hernandez told KTLA “A lot would have to go wrong for the Dodgers not to win the division,”
The team’s CEO Stan Kasten tempered his enthusiasm, at least on camera. “I don’t have a prediction because you know we play against 29 other really good, hard working, very smart teams. But I think we’ll be in contention.”
The gates opened at 10 a.m. to a sell out crowd of 56,000 people.
Fans will see some changes to the stadium, which underwent an aggressive $100-million off-season renovation.
The improvements include two brand new video boards in the outfield, widened concourses, upgraded concessions and renovated restrooms.
There is also a new kids’ play area, as well as improved mobile phone service at the ballpark.
“What we really wanted to do was welcome people better,” Kasten said, describing the upgrades.
“It’s going to look and feel like just old Dodger Stadium but work for you in a much better, newer way,” he explained.
Fans are urged to take public transportation or carpool to the game.
The Dodger Stadium Express shuttle is also back, offering free rides to anyone with a game ticket from Union Station to the stadium.