Saturday, March 29, 2008

Dodgers Make Historic Return to Coliseum Tonight

Tonight the L.A. Dodgers will celebrate their 50th anniversary in Los Angeles by playing an exhibition game against the Red Sox in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Coliseum was the team's home field their first four seasons in L.A.

Over 115,000 tickets have been sold. It is expected the Dodgers and Red Sox will set a new record for the biggest crowd to attend a baseball game, passing the previous record of over 93,000 set by the exhibition tribute game for Roy Campanella in 1959. My grandparents were in attendance at that game. Midway through the game the Coliseum's lights were darkened and those in the crowd lit matches and lighters. It's hard to imagine fire marshals allowing that these days...

The game starts shortly after 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

Sunday: Even though the Dodgers lost, it was a wonderful anniversary party. A good time was had by all at a memorable event in Dodger history. And what fun to see a two-man outfield!

Here's a great photo gallery.

Monday Update: Here's a lovely column on the game by ESPN's Eric Neel.


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