Shortly after the Los Angeles Dodgers won the 2020 Major League Baseball all-star game, they unveiled plans to renovate the Dodger Stadium to be completed in the last off-season.
The renovations are mainly behind the central court, in particular by adding social and catering spaces for fans. They are also installing more elevators and making it possible to tour the stadium, which has never been the case before.
The original plan was for construction to be complete by the time the Dodgers took the field for the opening day in 2020. Unfortunately, that never happened because the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) stopped everything at middle of spring training.
Construction was seen as a vital business in California during this difficult time, so although the Dodgers were given the opportunity to halt their renovations as the season doesn’t start anytime soon, they continued to work rather than putting everything on hold.
Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten noted that the construction crews are smaller and programmed differently as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Dodgers also haven’t given a lot of updates on renovations since the pandemic started, but Micah Muzio has provided a nice view of everything going on in his helicopter. It is easy to see the new structures in place behind the wall of the central field, which should be dining and bar areas, but it is also clear that there is still work to be done.
Given the circumstances, it is unlikely that MLB will host a All-Star Game in 2020, and if it does, there will certainly be no fans present. The last time Dodger Stadium hosted the Midsummer Classic was in 1980, and it looks like they will have to wait a little longer before doing it again.
The 2021 All-Star Game is already scheduled for SunTrust Park in Atlanta, but no one has yet secured 2022, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Dodgers likely catch up for this season.
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