Echo Park Lake’s Sunday Swap Meet will be getting some competition – from Dodger Stadium. Flea market operator Phillip Dane plans to launch the L.A. Flea Market on July 18 in the stadium parking lots overlooking downtown. More than half of the 600 vendor spaces have already been rented for the first market, but Dane said the event could eventually grow to 2,500 vendors, rivaling the giant Rose Bowl Flea Market. “We got more space and we got better parking,” said Dane, who has run flea markets for more than 20 years. Dane plans to hold the flea market on the third Sunday of the month if there are no games scheduled.
Dane has managed flea market in a wide variety of locations, from Fairfax High to downtown Los Angeles to the roof of a Hollywood studio. The L.A. Flea Market will rank among his biggest ventures and will include such features as valet parking and a VIP lounge.
The flea market joins a growing number of non-sporting events – from rock concerts to religious rivals and RV shows – that have found a home in Dodger stadium and its surrounding parking lots. On Saturday, for example, Pastor Joel Osteen is expected to draw a sell out crowd at the stadium.