Sunday, October 23, 2016

Dodger Stadium scores points with fútbol fans

Dodger Stadium as soccer field. Photo by Jesús Reyes

More than 40,000 fans showed up at Dodger Stadium on Saturday for the first-ever soccer matches to played at the ballpark.  The Guinness International Champions Cup featured  a doubleheader that saw Real Madrid of Spain win over Everton of Great Britain, 2 to 1,  in the first match while L.A.’s Galaxy defeated Juventus of Italy, 3 to 1, in the second game.

How do you fit a soccer field inside Dodger Stadium?  The L.A. Times explained the set up:

Dodger Stadium was altered for soccer by removing the pitcher’s mound and covering the mound area and infield with sod. The field stretched from the third base line to the right-field wall. “It was a little bit strange not playing in a football stadium, but the atmosphere and the tradition of this stadium is fantastic,” Real Madrid Coach Carlo Ancelotti said.

Jesús Reyes, who attended the game and snapped the photo above, says Chavez Ravine served as an ideal spot to watch a soccer match:

The set up was great, awesome, and super fun to watch. Dodger Stadium already is set in such a beautiful location that for any fútbol fan it can even be a distraction at times. Considering that most campos de fútbol are located in the heart of a city and don’t normally offer such spectacular landscapes, this is like a dream come true  for a local soccer fan of the 90026 area.

I have followed the Real Madrid for some time now, and have attended most of their games when they come into town, but I cannot recall nor can think of a better venue to host such a match. During the game I was accompanied by several Spaniards, and they were just as marveled by the beauty of it all as well. As a fan of the Real Madrid and the Galaxy, to watch both matches at Chavez Ravine was a dream come true, and I hope that it was just the beginning of many more to come.

Photo by Diane Edwardson

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  1. TED The Sports Fan

    Fantastic night, great stadium and facilities. It’s a shame that many of the tickets were so expensive as I’m sure if the greed was eliminated it would have been a sell out.

    • Seriously! People in the re-sell market were asking for waaaaay too much for tickets.

      I’m glad that a lot of people went to this event and I hope futbol at the stadium continues for years to come.

    • Echo Park Devil's Advocate

      Like with the airlines selling tickets on their flights, the goal isn’t necessarily to fill the plane (or stadium in this case) but rather to maximize revenue. Sometimes that means empty seats.

      I’m sure if the greed was eliminated there wouldn’t have been a soccer game at all.

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