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Tix go on sale for awaited Dodgers game

February 2, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Individual tickets will go on sale today for the Los Angeles Dodgers' March 29 exhibition game against the World Series champion Boston Red Sox at the Coliseum -- a game expected to draw baseball's largest crowd since 1959. The Dodgers are advising fans to treat the game like a 'typical Opening Day,' according to Josh Rawitch, the team's director of public relations and broadcasting. Opening Day tickets sold out in 15 minutes or less each of the past two seasons.

Patrick Lynch, general manager of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, predicted a capacity crowd of 92,000. Net proceeds from the game will benefit the Dodgers' recently formed cancer-fighting charity, ThinkCure.

Tickets are priced at $15 and $25 and will be available beginning at 10 a.m. online at the team's Web site, dodgers.com, by calling 866-DODGERS, at the Dodger Stadium advance ticket windows in Lot P, Ticketmaster outlets or the Coliseum box office.

Tickets have been sold as part of Dodger season and partial-season ticket plans.

The game was the result of a suggestion by state Sen. Mark Ridley- Thomas, D-Los Angeles, that the Dodgers play at the Coliseum to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their move to Los Angeles. The Dodgers played at the Coliseum from 1958-61 when Dodger Stadium was under construction.

The field likely will have the smallest dimensions for a game involving major league teams, with 192 feet to left field, 256 to the left field power alley, 200 to right field, 374 feet to center field and 352 feet to the right field power alley.

By comparison, the fence is 225 feet from home plate at all points at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pa., site of the Little League World Series.

"It will be the longest game in baseball history with everyone trying to hit home runs," Coliseum Commission Vice President David Israel said at a Coliseum news conference in November to announce details for the game.

Similar to when they initially played at the Coliseum, there will be a nearly 60-foot screen in left field, trying to make it harder to hit home runs. The screen will bear the words, "ThinkCure."

The Coliseum was the site of the largest crowd for a baseball game in American history -- 93,103 for a May 7, 1959, exhibition against the New York Yankees honoring catcher Roy Campanella, who was left paralyzed in an auto accident.

Crowds for three games in the 1959 World Series all exceed 92,000.

 

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