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Big New Dodgers Clubhouse Won't Host Visiting Team Anymore

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While we wait on a potential huge redevelopment at Chavez Ravine (mixed-use? an NFL stadium?), the Dodgers are doing just a little $100-million update to their stadium and yesterday unveiled plans for the huge new players' clubhouse, which should be ready by opening day this March. It'll be about twice the size of the old clubhouse, which CEO Stan Kasten called "the worst clubhouse in the major leagues," according to TrueBlueLA. Rather than excavating into Chavez, the Dodgers "ripped out most of the field level seats and dug into the ground." The baseline seats will be reduced by about a third, but the ones that are left will be wider, pitched at a higher angle, and have better sight lines.

Here's what the team'll be getting in its new clubhouse: "a much larger locker room, larger rooms for training and physical therapy, a quiet room, and a separate interview room," plus a kitchen with its own chef and nutritionist and bigger batting cages and workout area. The visiting team will no longer have to share batting cages and a conditioning area with the Dodgers thanks to new facilities on the visitors' side--Manager Don Mattingly says he's "excited" that "The other team won't walk through our clubhouse ... We don't need the other club walking through our clubhouse. It's really weird."

Meanwhile, the other work--including a play area, expanded concession, and better WiFi coverage--might not be finished until after the season begins, according to the OC Register.

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