If you had to guess what the three most Instagrammed spots in the world were, what would you guess?
You would probably toss out some national monuments, or maybe some of the natural wonders of the world. What you maybe would be surprised to hear is that none other than Dodger Stadium ranks as #2 on the most Instagrammed places on Earth.
The popular baseball stadium is visited by hundreds of thousands of people every year, but many visitors are unaware of the sports complex's rich history. Dodger Stadium is the third oldest baseball stadium in the country, ranking only behind Yankee and Shea stadiums. And in its 56 years of existence, Dodger Stadium has wracked up a number of intriguing stories.
Read on, and we'll cover the seven most interesting facts about Dodger stadium history.
1. It's Construction Was Controversial
Dodger Stadium has sat at it's home in the Chavez Ravine for many years now, but its initial construction was not met with open arms.
Residents of the Chavez Ravine were actually quite opposed to the stadium's construction upon the announcement that the Dodgers would be leaving Brooklyn and moving west. The construction of Dodger Stadium would require many residents of the ravine to relocate, and though they were compensated for the move, there were many unhappy holdouts.
The situation got so bad that sheriffs with armed guards and bulldozers were forced to go in and gently push the remaining holdouts from their homes.
The actual ravine was then filled with dirt to create solid ground for construction, and Dodger Stadium was built.
2. Tomorrowland Was A Primary Design Influence
In designing Dodger Stadium, chief architect Emil Praeger drew inspiration from an unlikely source.
The owner of the Dodgers at the time, Walter O'Malley, was a huge fan of his friend Walt Disney's theme park, especially the section of the park known as Tomorrowland. Tomorrowland featured futuristic touches that O'Malley insisted be incorporated into the design for Dodger Stadium.
As a result, Dodger Stadium is one of the largest and most popular examples of midcentury modernism anywhere in the country.
O'Malley even wanted to have a monorail system, but he was eventually forced to scrap those plans.
3. The Stadium Has It's Own Zip Code
Anyone who's been to Dodger Stadium knows that it is massive.
But in recent years, it was so big that the city of Los Angeles agreed to award Dodger Stadium its own zip code. The zip code in question is 90090, and it pertains to the land that Dodgers Stadium sits on and the immediate surrounding area.
The city also has officially designated this zip code area as Dodgertown, USA, showing that even those in the higher branches of government can afford to get giddy about their local sports teams.
4. The Pope Has Held Mass There
Back in 1987, Pope John Paul II was the current head of the Catholic Church. When he came to Los Angeles that year, there wasn't a church anywhere in the city that was big enough to hold the masses of Catholic followers that wanted to see him.
So instead of at a church, the mass was held in Dodger Stadium for a crowd of over 63,000 attendees. Even today, that's the largest crowd ever to fill the stadium's many seats, easily surpassing the 56,000 who came to the Dodgers-Yankees world series six years previous.
5. It Has A History On Screen
Seeing as Dodger Stadium is located just around the corner from Hollywood, you might be able to surmise that it has had its share of moments on the silver screen.
Paul Walker practiced his drag racing in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium back in the original Fast and the Furious, and a wealth of films with big stars, ranging from Matchstick Men to Moneyball have filmed scenes in its famous stands and field.
And though you wouldn't recognize it, two major scenes of 2009's Star Trek reboot were filmed in the parking lot of Dodgers Stadium, only to be turned into the outer reaches of space by green screens and computer technology. It also has a long list of credits on television programs, appearing most recently on the hit sitcom Modern Family.
6. Rainouts Are Rare at Dodgers Stadium
They say it never rains in Southern California, and Dodger Stadium's pristine record would serve as great evidence.
There have only been 17 rainouts at Dodger Stadium since 1962, with an unparalleled streak on interrupted games from 1962 to 1976.
That being said, even though a game wasn't rained out, there was one major rainstorm in 1965 that actually managed to flood the stadium. Water overtook everything from the field up to the first few rows of seats. When it does rain, it pours.
7. The First Ever High Five Happened Here
The history of the celebratory hand gesture the "high five" of course is hard to trace. But recorded history points to one moment as at least the earliest high fives on record, and it happened right on the field of Dodgers Stadium.
The moment? October 2nd, 1977, and the Dodgers are battling it out with the Houston Astros. Dusty Baker is at bat and hits an amazing home run, and as he rounds the bases his teammate Glen Burke runs up from the dugouts.
As Dusty runs towards him, Glen sticks out his palm. Dusty does the same, and-- SLAP. The high five as we know it is born. When you're at your next Dodgers' game and reach for that celebratory high five, you'll know you're participating in a history that started right where you stand.
Dodger Stadium History
The above are just a few of the many amazing stories that Dodger Stadium holds in its storied history. There's much more Dodger Stadium history to explore if these caught your ear, from its time capsule on the top floor to the secret garden hidden behind parking lot 6.
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