The stadium sits on the site of a 10-year struggle between Latino Angelenos and L.A. city planners called "The Battle of Battle of Chavez Ravine." In the early 1950s, Chavez Ravine was still Mexican-owned land and home to dozens of low-income, Spanish-speaking residents, and liberal politicians sought to create on-site public housing for them. When a more conservative administration took office, however, this housing project was scrapped in favor of building Dodger Stadium. Developers financially pressured neighborhood residents in an effort to displace them, and though many resisted for years, L.A. city government eventually won majority support and was able to purchase the land and designate it for public use.
Dodger Stadium finally opened its doors in 1962. Since then, it has hosted several World Series, as well as baseball games played during the 1984 Olympics. One of the best-maintained stadiums in America, it was afforded its own zip code in 2009 and officially named Dodgertown. An extensive series of environmentally-friendly renovations, including the addition of several new bars, restaurants and a batting cage for visitors, will hopefully be made before the 2013 season which begins on March 31st.
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