So yeah, what do people think of this idea that's been proposed:
Anschutz, who NFL people think just wants another professional team to help build the traffic and convention business downtown, could buy the Dodgers and basically flip the stadiums. He could use the convention center space for a state-of-the-art baseball stadium, tear down Dodger Stadium and build a football paradise in Chavez Ravine. Of course, the cost would be problematic, but the idea for someone like Anschutz isn’t farfetched because it would build the value of the downtown area.
It would seem to solve a lot of the problems with the proposed Farmers Field.
1. The traffic impact would be lessened, given that a baseball stadium would likely only seat about 50,000 compared to 70,000+ for a football stadium. For the folks who live around Elysian Park this could actually be an improvement.
2. Fans might be more inclined to take public transit since there is no need for tailgating. Plus there is plenty of space to tailgate at Dodger Stadium.
3. 80 baseball games per year to support downtown businesses compared with only 10 or so football games.
Are baseball stadiums much larger than football stadiums? I know baseball fields are larger than football fields, but baseball stadiums have smaller capacities. I'm wondering if a baseball stadium could fit in the West Hall space.
They could even have AEG buy the Dodgers and move them to South Park while Majestic builds a new football stadium in Chavez Ravine.
To be honest I can't think of many negatives.