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Update on the upgrades to Dodger Stadium

Los Angeles Dodgers Introduce Mookie Betts and David Price Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

In an alternate timeline, the Freeway Series would have been played Monday and Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, the first public view of upgrades to Dodger Stadium in preparation of hosting the All-Star Game this season.

Those two exhibition games were originally planned to be played with the outfield sections closed, with final touches to the construction in the outfield plaza completed over a few more days to get ready for opening day on Thursday.

Obviously the baseball side of those plans vanished, but the construction has been ongoing for the last three weeks. But for the most part the construction progress went as planned.

“All the field-facing stuff, like the seating, the drink rails, and the bar, is ready to go, would have been ready to go on Thursday,” Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said Monday in a Q&A on the team’s YouTube channel. “We still have stuff in the plaza that is being filled in right now.”

Under the statewide “stay at home” order issued by California governor Gavin Newsom on March 19, among the essential and critical infrastructure jobs classified by the state, and thus allowed to leave home for work, include “construction workers who support the construction, operation, inspection, and maintenance of construction sites and construction projects.”

Construction remains ongoing at Dodger Stadium, albeit with more precautions.

“It has slowed down, and some crews are smaller,” Kasten said. “We are, and everyone, is fully compliant with all the regulations of the county, the city, and state, as well as the [Centers for Disease Control] and [World Health Organization].”