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Old Man Of The West — Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium
Dodger Stadium, also know as Chavez Ravine, has been the home ballpark of the Los Angeles Dodgers team since 1962. It is currently the 3rd oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball, trailing Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox) and Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs).
The Stadium overlooks downtown Los Angeles, near the convergence of several freeways. The San Gabriel Mountains rise majestically beyond the outfield pavilions. It holds 56,000 fans, currently the largest seating
capacity in the Major Leagues.
Dodger Stadium is rich in history. Ten no hitters have been thrown at the stadium, including three by Dodger great Sandy Koufax. The stadium is pitcher friendly; only 4 home runs have been hit entirely out of Dodger Stadium.
“Chavez Ravine” has played host to 7 World Series, including the 1963 Series, when the Dodgers swept the New York Yankees in 4 games. Dodger Stadium was also host to the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
Many significant events not related to baseball have been held at Dodger Stadium. Pope John Paul the Second celebrated mass at the stadium in 1987, and The Beatles played their second to last concert here in 1966.
Rain-outs are rare at Dodger Stadium. From April 21, 1988 to April 11, 1999, the Dodgers played a Major League record 856 consecutive home games without a game being rained out.
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