Dodgers’ woes have football fans rooting for a Chavez Ravine stadium

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With Frank McCourt clashing with Major League Baseball over control of the Dodgers,  the uncertainty over the team’s future has some sports fans talking about a football team joining the Dodgers on their 350-acre property next to Elysian Park. Previous owners, including Walter O’Malley, have tried and failed to attract an NFL franchise to Chavez Ravine in the face of financial issues, competing stadium proposals and, of course, fierce opposition from residents living in Echo Park, Solano Canyon and the other neighborhoods that ring the stadium property. The most recent round of speculation of a hilltop football stadium began when Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday published a story by writer Jason Cole titled “Dodger’s woes could open door for NFL.” Cole writes:

Assuming MLB Commissioner Bud Selig does the dirty work and new ownership results, the possibility of reviving Dodger Stadium as a future home for an NFL team just got brighter. At least some people in L.A. with the power to help the NFL return understand the situation … If someone with extremely deep pockets (such as Anschutz) could buy the Dodgers, build a football stadium next to Dodger Stadium and then buy a football team, the marketing possibilities could be endless.

In a totally difference scenario, Cole said Anschutz or some other group could buy the Dodgers and move them to a new downtown stadium.  Cole, however, failed to guess what would would happen to the 350-acres of land the team would leave behind.


  1. Dodger Stadium is, in my opinion, the nicest baseball stadium in the country. I’m not talking about luxury boxes and lobster rolls, I’m talking about being a great place to watch baseball on a cool summer night, a full moon on the rise and the mountains of Southern California splayed out behind the center field wall. The idea that some greedy carpetbagger could come in and move the team downtown is pretty sickening. Though, I’m sure there are many real estate developers salivating at the notion of turning Chavez Ravine into a million-dollar-a-lot housing development.

  2. This is exactly the problem with Selig taking over the team- the MLB doesn’t care about the team or the neighborhood, and who knows what a new owner would do. McCourt isn’t perfect, but since he bought the team in 2004, he renovated the stadium (2005-06), the team made the playoffs 4 times (04, 06, 08, and 09), and the management has been somewhat willing to work with the community on traffic and other issues (experimenting with shuttles from union station, etc.) I’d much rather stick with what we have then gamble with a new owner who might try to build an NFL stadium or worse!

  3. As a life-long Dodgers fan (I fondly remember being in the left field stands and tossing Bubblicious bubble gum to Dusty Baker before games started, as well as hearing the calm cadence of Vin Scully on the radio), I believe it would be tantamount to a knife in the back were a company to move the Dodgers and alter in any way the naturous environs of the current location of Dodger Stadium. The old-school feel of the stadium and its naturous surroundings is a big part of the spirit and character of LA’s ball club AND of the City of Los Angeles.

  4. The person who suggested this has never stepped outside their car in LA. The most logical response is to find one of the most beloved pieces of architecture in their neighborhood and suggest replacing it with a Hooters branded sports cathedral.

    Meaningless flame bait. Move along.

  5. Dodger Stadium has one of the nicest views (The San Gabriels) in all of baseball. With that being said, the stadium is really showing its wear. The bathrooms are grimey, the food is not LA (Philly Cheesesteak place?!), and as everyone knows the parking is miserable. The Dodgers are one of the premier franchises in baseball and the McCourts have screwed them up big time.

    Before the Phillies built their new stadium, they played in the dump known as The Vet. The Phillies built a new stadium, added tons of fun things to do, excellent food, and made it a great place to watch a game. Because of this they sell out every game and have won a World Series. This is not the Phillies. It’s a good business model.

    Where is the great taco place in Dodger stadium? The In-n-Out? A museum to the amazing history of the Dodgers? Parking that is organized well? The public transit? MIA.

    The Dodgers need an owner who cares enough to add the above and bring the team back to their glory days of Lasorda, Robinson, etc. Turn it back into a great team/stadium…not the laughing stock of baseball that the McCourts have made it.

    And for those wondering, I live in LA and have been to the Stadium on many occasions and every time I’ve noticed the same problems.

  6. No matter any involvement of the NFL or Anschutz, development of that land is a GREAT likelihood — whether by another stadium or something else. That land can produce a lot of money for any owner — once developed.

    The Dodgers never should have been given so much more land than needed for the stadium when they first moved here. But they were, and it is amazing it was not developed long ago. Financial pressure now make that pretty inevitable. that doesn’t mean it would be a stadium, it could be anything, maybe just housing.

    Don’t expect your elected officials to help block such development. Just look at how disgustingly pandering Villaraigosa is at every turn with Phil Anschutz. They all are completely sold out.

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