Debate Ignites Over Plan to Reopen Dodger Stadium Entrance

In anticipation of potentially record-setting home attendance this season, the Los Angeles Dodgers organization has a plan to open a previously closed entrance to Dodger Stadium, which has left some residents in the surrounding area unhappy.

More than 400 Echo Park residents have signed a petition asking the city to prevent the Scott Avenue Gate from being reopened, according to news release from a group called Concerned Citizens of Echo Park. The entrance has been closed since 1996, the group said.

The Dodgers have issued a statement in response to the growing concern over the gate’s reopening.

“We believe the best way for us to minimize the impact to our neighbors is to get our fans into and out of the stadium as quickly as possible,” the statement read. “This is critical to alleviating traffic along Sunset Boulevard, which we all know backs up terrible.”

A meeting will be held to discuss the issue Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Williams Hall at Barlow Hospital, which is located at 2000 Stadium Way (map), the release stated.

Lynette Romero reports from outside Dodger Stadium for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.