Newspaper Headline from 1957 reading "L.A. Greets Dodgers; 90,000 Fans Expected"

Dodger Stadium

Dodger Stadium welcomes the former Brooklyn Dodgers to their new home in front of 52,564 fans—as the first Major League Baseball team west of Missouri. Back in September 1957, the city of Los Angeles gave 300 acres to the Dodgers in exchange for the deed to Wrigley Field in Los Angeles and their promise to build a 50,000 seat stadium (which actually ended up 56,000). Up until 1961, the Dodgers played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum until their stadium was ready for primetime. Built in the Southern California 1960’s “modern” style, Dodger Stadium is the first privately funded ballpark since Yankee Stadium in 1923—and the living passion of Dodger President Walter O’Malley who fought so hard for his club’s new home.