Soccer is coming to the Dodger ballpark for the first-time ever. The team announced earlier this week that it will host an international soccer “double-header” on Aug. 3 featuring the Los Angeles Galaxy and teams from Britain, Italy and Spain. Soccer joins the monster truck and motorcycle races, hockey matches, concerts and other non-baseball events at the stadium. Apparently 81 days of baseball is not enough for the new owners. Dodgers President Stan Kasten, according to KPCC, said:
“We don’t have to be restricted to just 81 baseball games and post season, we can bring in world class events like concerts, world class events like hockey and certainly world class events like soccer,” he said. “That’s what we’re all about — bringing more events to Los Angeles fans and Dodger fans.”
Will soccer fans prove to be as good for Echo Park’s bar business as Dodger fans? We will find out in August.