The Dodgers are taking a page out of Dave Coulier’s book in trying to emulate a full house at Dodger Stadium this season.
There won’t be fans at games, at least at the start of and likely the entirety of the 2020 campaign, but the Dodgers will sell the opportunity for fans to have a cutout of themselves in seats around the ballpark.
Beginning at 10 a.m. PT Wednesday, fans can purchase these cutouts, made of weatherproof Coroplast, in some of the most television-visible sections of Dodger Stadium. Cutouts in the dugout club or the new pavilion “home run” seats just beyond the outfield wall go for $299, while cutouts on the field and loge levels will sell for $149.
The cost is for the entire regular season. Proceeds from the sale of these cutouts at Dodger Stadium will go to the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation.
There are several guidelines to follow in submitting a photo for these cutouts at Dodger Stadium, including no commercial advertisements or social media handles (there goes the plan to have a True Blue LA cutout), and no cheering for another team or even derogatory language toward another team (thinking of the September 12-13 series here, as an example).
The Dodgers and 10 other pro sports teams in the greater Los Angeles area united to form “THE ALLIANCE: Los Angeles” to, as a spokesperson put it, “create positive change in underserved communities, with an emphasis on Black communities. All 11 teams are united in their dedication to this effort and recognize driving change is a long-term commitment. Through sports and social programming, we aim to work in communities to affect structural changes on levels that have a lasting impact.”
Sports has the power to break down barriers and create opportunities. We are 11 pro teams, committed to championing this truth together. Join us in leveling the playing field across communities of color by working together: https://t.co/4ccQczz88z #TheAllianceLA | #PlayEquity pic.twitter.com/jWBXJXmE8y— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 14, 2020
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