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Dodger Stadium makes a pitch to attract more concerts

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Some of the biggest names in music, from Madonna to the Rolling Stones, have performed at Dodger Stadium during one of the occasional concerts held at the ballpark. But now the Dodgers want to go after more big concerts. The owners have teamed up with a new entertainment firm that plans to book two or three shows at the stadium this year before boosting the annual line up in the years ahead, reports the L.A. Times.

The agreement with Oak View Group is the most recent effort by the team’s owners, Guggenheim Baseball Management,  to squeeze more revenue from the stadium property.

Oak View, however, has not yet signed any bands to perform at the stadium. Oak View executive  Tim Leiweke downplayed concerns about additional traffic that the concerts would bring to the ballpark, which is ringed by Echo Park, Solano Canyon and other neighborhoods.

“The Dodgers do 81 nights of baseball a year and they get everyone in and out of the stadium successfully,” Leiweke told the Times.

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13 comments

  1. As a neighbor, I approve – because the Dodgers have been engaging with us to mitigate impact. Thank you to the entire team : Dodgers, LAPD, LA DOT, CD 1 & 13, and neighborhood reps like EPIA.

    • As a neighbor, I approve, because I was wondering why one of my neighbors was playing ACDC so loud, and then realized I was hearing a live show.

    • How much did folks from Dodgers Stadium pay you to post that BS? None of my neighbors want more drunks from the stadium driving through our neighborhood. Hell no!

      • @Hillster I receive no money. I acknowledge there are some drawbacks (which is why mitigation is good), but they are offset by living in a vibrant neighborhood.

        @ben, I don’t always like the music (sorry, not a fan of AC/DC) but it’s a real plus when I do.

  2. OH HELL NO! This was never supposed to be a music venue. Concerts within city limits belong in buildings with a roof on it and not in an open bowl in the middle of a residential neighborhood.

    • Well, I guess we need to close the Hollywood Bowl and the Greek Theatre then, eh?

      • The Bowl and The Greek were built as music venues and people in their neighborhoods expect music to be played. Those of us living near Dodger Stadium have to put up with it’s Friday-Night Fireworks, and actions of the frequently drunken fans. We should not have to put up with airborne music.

        • I have been a Dodger neighbor since 1985, listening to Nancy Bea Henley play the organ (per Wikipedia, since 1988; it references her predecessor playing for 15 years). I really loved that “airborne music” and will miss Nancy in 2016.

        • Right miinfran, and you live next to a stadium , did you expect peace and quiet living next to a stadium that seats 56,,000 people? …I will take stadium noise here and there to live in the beauty of Echo Park that I have enjoyed since 1966 , get a grip , be grateful and stop sniveling , or Move to the valley , Echo Park and L.A a whole is getting too crowded on ANY given day. Thanks transplants and “bridge and tunnelers”

  3. So glad you’re “dealing with it.”

    • Yes, i am “dealing with it ” and of all the pressing issues this city has , housing , homelessness , jobs etc.
      It seems you may need a little , lets say “focus” on what is more important then wafting music once in a while.
      Enjoy your membership to the new generation of snivelers and non eye contact makers of Echo Park .

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