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Welcome to Chavez Ravine10/03/2004 7:00 PM ET
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Let's get one thing straight about Dodger Stadium.
The fans don't leave early anymore. Not with closer Eric Gagne in the bullpen.
Everything else at Chavez Ravine is pretty much unchanged from the last time the Dodgers hosted a postseason game in 1996. There have been a few minor changes to generate additional revenue, such as suites and dugout club seats that have trimmed back the foul territory.
And the amps have been cranked up to generate more noise.
Nonetheless, what has been considered a pitcher's park since it opened in 1962 has only gained in such stature with the construction of hitter-friendly stadiums in the league such as Coors Field.
If it isn't necessarily hitter friendly, with its classic, symmetrical configuration, Dodger Stadium remains fan friendly (more than 3.5 million this year), picturesque and white-glove immaculate. It's also popular among players, who voted the playing field the best in the Major Leagues in a Sports Illustrated survey taken last year.
The Dodgers have played in the postseason nine times without a rainout.
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