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Dodger Stadium 50th Anniversary Will Include Nostalgia, Memorabilia

Things were more than a bit tumultuous at Chavez Ravine in 2011, but there’s nothing like a trip down memory lane to put a few smiles back on the faces of fans. The Dodger Stadium 50th Anniversary party will be a year-long event that includes tributes to the great L.A. teams and players of the past, some special giveaways, an autograph event and a special  website.

1962 Dodgers YearbookThe team promises interactive elements including a newly designed website, fan vote for the greatest moments in Dodger Stadium history, a 50th Anniversary FanFest with a big autograph session, the Dodger Stadium Greats Bobblehead Series and limited edition commemorative merchandise.

The Dodgers have launched www.dodgers.com/50th which includes information on Dodger Stadium’s 50th anniversary. The new background of dodgers.com features an image of Dodger Stadium in 1962 on the left contrasted with a present-day photo at the right of each webpage. Stadium colors and Dodger Blue are used throughout.  Starting in March, fans will be able to vote on their favorite moments in Dodger Stadium History. The  results will be revealed starting in June with the top moment announced on October 3. The winning moments will be featured in-game and online throughout the 2012 season.

Fans can join the Dodgers on Saturday, May 19 for Dodger Stadium’s 50th Anniversary FanFest, set to take place from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. prior to the 7:10 p.m. game against the St. Louis Cardinals. FanFest will feature autograph sessions with current and former Dodger players, question and answer sessions with Dodger players and coaches and family-friendly games and activities.

The Dodgers will roll out a vast array of Dodger Stadium 50th Anniversary collectible items.

Unveiled this past offseason, the unprecedented Dodger Stadium Greats Bobblehead Series pays tribute to some of the most unforgettable Dodgers in Dodger Stadium history. The complete collection features Don Drysdale with Maury Wills on April 28 (vs. WAS), Orel Hershiser on May 15 (vs. ARI), the historic Dodger infield of Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell and Ron Cey on May 29 (vs. MIL), Mike Scioscia on June 12 (vs. LAA), Eric Karros on June 28 (vs. NYM), Hall of Fame Manager Tommy Lasorda with Hall of Fame Manager Walter Alston on July 14 (vs. SD), Kirk Gibson on July 31 (vs. ARI), Sandy Koufax on August 7 (vs. COL), Fernando Valenzuela on Aug. 21 (vs. SF) and Hall of Famer Vin Scully on August 30 (vs. ARI).

All season ticket holders and fans attending games at Dodger Stadium this year can look forward to a commemorative ticket design. The Dodgers’ new season tickets incorporate 24 of the greatest moments and players in the stadium’s history. Opening Day Tickets are designed to replicate the look of Dodger Stadium’s first Opening Day tickets on April 10, 1962. Single game tickets feature an image of the stadium along with the celebration’s official logo.

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