The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox will make history tomorrow by playing an exhibition game at the venerable Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. About 115,000 baseball fans may witness the first Arena-baseball game. Believe it or not, 20,000 of the ticket-holders for tomorrow's game will be standing during the entire time.
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has bizarre dimensions, as compared today's modern stadiums. The left-field fence is only 201-feet away from homeplate, which may lead to the ultimate slugfest as both teams smash homeruns. But, similar to the Green Monster at Fenway Park in Boston, there is a 60-foot net standing tall.
There were some controversies and arguments concerning the dimensions of the park, as batters easily whacked homeruns. In three seasons, Wally Moon hit 37 of his blasts at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and only 12 in other venues. The 77-year-old hopes to take a few swings tomorrow, as he attends a ceremony honoring former-Dodgers before the historical game.
The historical landmark housed the Dodgers during the first four years of their Los Angeles expansion. The building was also the home of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic games. But, tomorrow, the arena will reach another milestone.
The Coliseum holds the largest attendance record in Major League Baseball, achieved during the 1959 World Series when 93,103 baseball fans rushed to a the game. Almost fifty years later, over 100,000 Dodgers' fans will once again rush into the historical arena to watch their beloved Dodgers. It will be history!