Saturday, September 6, 2008
Dodgers Make Various Announcements
Here are some recent news releases from the Dodgers.
DODGERS TO AUCTION GAME-WORN JERSEYS TO BENEFIT DODGERS DREAM FOUNDATION
WHAT: The Los Angeles Dodgers will auction off the team’s game-worn jerseys from tomorrow’s game during the “Shirts Off Their Backs” auction, with the proceeds benefiting the Dodgers Dream Foundation. Special gift baskets prepared by Dodger players’ wives containing their husbands’ favorite items and autographed memorabilia will also be auctioned off.
WHEN: Sunday, September 7 from 11:10 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
WHERE: Dodger Stadium, Club level outside of the Vin Scully Press Box.
MISC: For more information, please contact the Dodgers’ Public Relations
department at (323) 224-1301 or Community Affairs department at
ANNUAL VIVA LOS DODGERS FESTIVAL SET FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Cultural celebration planned in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month
WHAT: The Dodgers will hold a cultural celebration during Hispanic Heritage month on Saturday, September 20. The Viva Los Dodgers festival presented by Coca Cola and Toyota will include food, games, live music including a local talent contest and special guests. Fans can attend the Viva Los Dodgers Festival for free with a ticket to the 7:10 p.m. game against the San Francisco Giants.
WHERE: Dodger Stadium
Parking Lot 1
WHEN: Saturday, September 20, 2008
1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
DUGOUT CLUB AT DODGER STADIUM TABBED NATIONAL LEAGUE'S BEST "SEAT IN THE HOUSE" BY USA TODAY
LOS ANGELES -- The Dugout Club at Dodger Stadium was tabbed as the best seat in the National League, the best premium seat in Major League Baseball, and third-best overall seat in MLB, according to USA Today. The newspaper recently completed its search for the "best seat in the house," in a 10-part series it unveiled last week.
In citing the Dugout Club as the No. 3 "seat in house," USA Today wrote, "From the corner of the Dugout Club nearest the Dodgers dugout, fans sit about 10 feet from the on-deck circle, close enough to have a normal conversation with Manny Ramirez or Russell Martin. The first three rows of the Dugout Club have a sight line into the dugouts."
The all-inclusive seating area, which provides access to the exclusive underground club behind home plate, was built in 2000 and upgraded following the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Some of Hollywood's biggest celebrities have attended Dodger games in the Dugout Club over the past few seasons, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Pamela Anderson, Victoria Beckham, Kobe Bryant, Zac Efron, Calista Flockhart, Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, Tom Hanks, Paris Hilton, Ron Howard, Larry King, Shia LaBeouf, Tommy Lee, Matthew McConaughey, Alyssa Milano, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, Snoop Dogg, Britney Spears, Hilary Swank, and Vince Vaughn.
In addition, numerous Fortune 500 companies maintain season seats in the Dugout Club, as the area has become a veritable "Who's Who" of the Los Angeles business community.
"Fans who sit here typically say that once you've sat in these seats for a game, sitting anywhere else just doesn't seem to cut it," the article reads. "Fastballs hiss and pop. Players argue with umpires. Teammates hug. All right in front of you."
Several of the seats in the Dugout Club are actually closer to home plate than the pitcher's mound, providing an unparalleled experience. In addition, the food options are second-to-none.
"Being a member of the Dugout Club is sort like having a all-expenses-paid suite at the Ritz-Carlton," according to the USA Today article. "A spectacular restaurant with a wide array of gourmet offerings presented buffet style is directly behind the seating area.
"It doesn't end there. If you're in your seat and craving, say, hot wings, chicken tenders, a fruit kabob or a veggie wrap, simply flag down a waiter and, within minutes, it's brought to your padded seat, where you can swing the built-in tray in front of you and it's just like you've got a TV tray in front of your 60-inch hi-def, except you are there."
The only two seats in baseball that were rated higher than the Dugout Club by USA Today were the seats atop the Green Monster in left field at Fenway Park in Boston and the view from the hotel room that is in center field at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. Neither is considered "premium seating" by traditional baseball standards.
ACADEMY TO PRESENT EMMY AWARD TO DODGERS TOMORROW
“Governors Award” honors club’s 50th Anniversary in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will present its Governors Award to the Los Angeles Dodgers tomorrow at the Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards. In this 50th Anniversary season, the Academy is recognizing the Dodgers’ role as pioneers of sports television and leaders in community service in Southern California. Hall of Famer Vin Scully, who has personified the club’s broadcasting excellence during the entire period, received the honor in 1991.
“The Dodgers are a true staple of Los Angeles history and have had a tremendous impact on the city, and on broadcasting, for the last 50 years,” said John Shaffner, chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “We are very pleased that the Television Academy’s Board of Governors voted to bestow this well-deserved honor on an organization that not only brings enjoyment to the television community but is also committed to making a difference in our city.”
Dodger President Jamie McCourt is expected to attend, as are a host of Dodger stars of the past including Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda, Don Newcombe, Steve Garvey, Ron Cey, Tommy Davis, Wes Parker, “Sweet Lou” Johnson, Lee Lacy, Kenny Landreaux, Jim Gott, Derrel Thomas, and Jimmy Campanis.
The Board of Governors created the award to recognize individuals, companies, or organizations for an outstanding legacy of achievement in the arts, sciences, or management of television, or in recognition of an outstanding singular achievement or contribution.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, pioneers in sport and world culture, are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2008. In that period, they have won more games, more pennants, and more World Series than any other club in the National League. Since the start of the modern era in baseball, the Dodgers of Brooklyn and Los Angeles, combined, have a cumulative attendance of more than 180 million, the highest total in the history of baseball or any other sport.
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