New Dodgers era begins with promises of cheaper parking, stadium upgrades

Dodgers New Owners

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Meet the Dodgers' new ownership team. Who do you think that tall guy in the XXXL jersey in the middle bearing number 12 is?

The new owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers introduced themselves to the pubic for the first time Wednesday, at a news conference in Dodger Stadium.

And a very enthusiastic Earvin "Magic" Johnson kicked things off with a bang when he announced that fans won't have to fork over as much to park at the stadium.

"General parking from $15... it's going to go down to $10," Johnson announced. "We're going to look to make sure we honor the fans and give back to the fans."

Johnson (the most recognizable official) was joined at the conference by fellow owners, including Guggenheim Partners' Mark Walter and former Atlanta Braves' president Stan Kasten.

As the guy who'll run the operation, Kasten says he plans to inject some "TLC" into the half-century old ballpark.

"First things are the back of the house things that we are already turning our attention to," Kasten explains, before adding that meant "power, water, information systems (of course)."

He says that even with the impending "enhancements" they still hope to "keep those things that our fans treasure about this ballpark."

The owners also tossed around ideas like making players occasionally available at the gates to greet fans and setting up a web address for fans to send comments or suggestions.

The ceremony was emceed by legendary announcer Vin Scully, who made it a point to single out former owner Peter O'Malley. O'Malley's father first moved the team from Brooklyn to L.A.

Dodger greats attending the news conference included Don Newcombe, Tommy Davis and Steve Garvey.

As for former owner Frank McCourt, the new buyers say he has an economic stake in the future development of Dodger Stadium parking lots, though no plans have been released at the moment.

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