Dodger Stadium gets $100 million makeover with better cell coverage, bathrooms and more (Photos)

A rendering of planned Dodger Stadium improvements

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Dodger Stadium, under construction, Jan. 8, 2013.

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Dodger Stadium, under construction, Jan. 8, 2013.

Corey Moore/KPCC

Dodger Stadium, under construction, Jan. 8, 2013.


Can you hear us now? The Los Angeles Dodgers are launching a wide-ranging series of improvements to Dodger Stadium, including the relief of better Wi-Fi and cell phone coverage — and the relief provided by renovated bathrooms.

Many fans have struggled trying to get a cell signal at a game. The team says it will install an advanced Wi-Fi network and cellular antenna system. Officials say this should boost cell phone and mobile devices' Web connections at the stadium, so you can surf the Web during that seventh-inning stretch.

Other upgrades include larger, high definition video screens in left and right field, as well as a new sound system.

Crews will renovate and expand the restrooms on the loge, reserve and upper reserve levels, adding 62 percent more fixtures for women and 32 percent more fixtures for men. They will add new food outlets on those three levels as well. The project will remove some seats to create more walking room at the back of most sections, and children's play areas will be installed in the pavilion area and on the reserve level.

Another thing fans can look forward to: bullpen overlooks that will give people a place to hang out and socialize during a game.

The players will benefit from the work as well. Crews will double the size of the home team clubhouse, improve the home team's training room and batting cage and install a separate batting cage for visiting teams.  

Planners acknowledge that the estimated $100 million plan is ambitious, but they hope to finish by opening day, April 1.

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