Coliseum shouldn't host real game
February, 29, 2008
Do you have Coliseum fever yet? I do, and with luck I'll be in Los Angeles for the March 29 game between the Dodgers and the Red Sox. And according to this blog, "the Dodgers are also considering playing a regular season game at the Coliseum sometime in the future." I don't think that will happen. Why? Because the dimensions are nowhere near acceptable for a game that counts in the standings. Not with these dimensions:
I don't know how that's going to play out, exactly, and one exhibition game certainly won't tell us everything. But in 1958 the Coliseum was a strange enough place to play, and there's no way that raising the y-axis 20 feet makes up for shortening the x-axis by 50 feet. My guess is that the typical game there, with this new configuration, would make pre-humidor Coors Field look like Petco Park. Which is fine for an exhibition, but you don't want to turn a meaningful contest into a joke. At least not without a really good reason.
"Our goal is to have the field look just like it did when people came here in 1958, and they'll be able to say, 'That's how it was,'" said Dodgers vice president of stadium operations Lon Rosenberg. "The biggest challenge that we have is that the Coliseum has lost 88 feet in diameter since we last played here because they took out the warning track, so we have to make some slight adjustments. We have 200 feet down the left-field line instead of 250, so we have adjusted the screen from 42 feet to 62 feet."