Dodgers open season in San Diego but invite fans to watch at Dodger Stadium — for free

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The L.A. Dodgers open the 2012 Major League Baseball season Thursday afternoon with a match-up against the Padres in San Diego, but fans can catch the action at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers are inviting fans to watch a live broadcast of the season opener on a big screen.

The best part: admission and parking are free. Concessions will cost $4 or less and merchandise is being discounted by 15 percent. Former Dodger Ron Cey is expected to sign autographs.

The season opens with the team in an ownership transition. Frank McCourt agreed to sell the Dodgers for more than $2 billion to a group that includes Magic Johnson, but a bankruptcy court must approve the sale, and that hearing isn’t for another week.

The Boys in Blue will be back at Chavez Ravine for their home opener next Tuesday, April 10 — 50 years to the day that Dodger Stadium opened its gates.

Last season, the Dodgers fell short of 3 million in attendance for the first time in a non-strike year since 1992. They had just three sellouts at the 56,000-seat stadium.

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