LAist has noticed a very interesting and now-deleted post at the blog of Baltimore-based Ashton Design--according to a cache, it says: "Janet Marie Smith and the Los Angeles Dodgers have selected Ashton Design to help renovate Dodgers Stadium! Jonathan and Ronnie from team Ashton have already started their preliminary walk-throughs of the stadium ?." Smith was hired as Senior VP of Planning and Development for the Dodgers back in August--she's known for her city-friendly redesigns of classic baseball stadiums. Ashton has worked with Smith on all of her big stadium design projects--Baltimore's Camden Yards, Boston's Fenway, and Atlanta's Turner Field. Ashton has also done work on the Rose Bowl, according to their blog. It looks like they've mostly handled wayfinding and environmental graphics, so this is probably not the team responsible for any architectural work. Either way, our guess is that the firm leaked the news a little early and that it'll now come out via official Dodgers channels post-haste.
According to an LA Times story from last month, renovations are expected to start this winter. President Stan Kasten said then that the team would add "Kids' areas, more bars and restaurants, relaxation areas, history displays, interactive areas — the kinds of things you find in modern ballparks," but that "What we all agree on is we don't want to change the look of Dodger Stadium."
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