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Dodgers Coliseum Watch: The Bigger, the Better?

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On Thursday with the enlightened press in tow, Frank McCourt broke ground at the LA Memorial Coliseum to prepare for the March 29 exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox.

Although the game has been sold out, the Dodgers have added a standing room only section behind the right field fence for 25,000 more tickets. Those tickets will go on sale Saturday for $10 a piece. If that sells out that means 115,000 people for a baseball game which would break the previous record of 93,103 the Dodgers drew on a May 7, 1959 exhibition game against the New York Yankees – a fundraiser for Roy Campanella whose career ended with a car accident.

Much has been made about the dimensions of the field. Back in the day the left-field wall was 250 feet away from home plate. With all the renovations at the Coliseum over the years, the distance for next month’s game will be only 200 feet. Because of that the screen will be adjusted from 42 feet to 62 feet.