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Dodger Stadium Owners Hoping to Turn it Into a Part-Time Concert Venue

Dodger Stadium has hosted its fair share of big-name concerts, but a new plan would have the place showing live music pretty regularly, with the goal of eventually hosting a handful of live acts every year while the recently renovated stadium is not in use by the Dodgers. The LA Times reports that Guggenheim Baseball Management, which owns the Dodgers, has teamed up with the stuffy-sounding Oak View Group, a partnership between "music industry veteran" Irving Azoff and Tim Leiweke, the former long-time president of AEG (which owns LA Live).

The plan is to lock down two or three concerts a year for the venue, then up the number "if they can work around the scheduling needs of the baseball team and its home games." The biggest obstacle is finding windows for bands to play. Since the Dodgers play about 81 home games a year, during the season (between April and October) there are only slim windows for a shown, and most modern productions take a while to set up and take down.

Nevertheless, the goal is to line up a regular roster of shows for the open-air stadium. Dodgers owners are hoping a consistent lineup of concerts could provide a solid way for them to make money while the Dodgers are off playing away games and the stadium's seats are empty. It's estimated that the stadium could accommodate about 50,000 concertgoers. (Oak View Group wouldn't be promoting the concerts, so there would be an opportunity for them to work with many different concert promoters, theoretically bringing a wider array of shows to the stadium.)
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