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Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 28 March 2008 11:00

Dodgers GameTomorrow night, the Boston Red Sox will visit the Los Angeles Dodgers in an exhibition game at the LA Coliseum as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Dodgers’ arrival in Los Angeles. The game is a benefit for ThinkCure, the Dodgers’ official charity.

The Dodgers have announced that to date they have sold 115,300 tickets to tomorrow night’s game and are expected to set baseball's world record for attendance, surpassing the estimated 114,000 for an exhibition between the Australian national team and an American services team during the Olympic Games in Melbourne , Australia on Dec. 1, 1956.  The record for a Major League game was set by the Dodgers on May 7, 1959 when 93,103 fans came to the Coliseum for an exhibition game in honor of Roy Campanella. The game was highlighted by a moment in which Pee Wee Reese pushed Campanella out to the field in a wheelchair as fans lit matches in tribute.

During pregame ceremonies tomorrow, Hall of Fame Broadcaster Vin Scully will be honored by the Coliseum Commission for his six decades of service to the organization and 50th anniversary in Los Angeles. Scully will receive a commemorative bronze plaque at the peristyle entrance to the Coliseum, where he called games from 1958-61. Scully’s 59 years of service behind the microphone are a Major League record.

Throughout the game, ThinkCure will host a telethon in which fans can call 866.554-CURE and pledge donations to fund cancer research. Former Dodger players, many of whom played at the Coliseum in the 1950s and ‘60s, will be thanking the fans who call to make a donation.

The Dodgers started planning the event in August 2007. For more than a month, a team of 100 workers has been executing the plan to make tomorrow’s game possible.

Other Details for the Game:

  • Start Time: 7:10 p.m. PT
  • Starting Pitcher for the Red Sox: RHP Tim Wakefield (1-0, 2.00)
  • Starting Pitcher for the Dodgers: RHP Esteban Loaiza (1-1, 4.20)
  • Short Porch: Given the Coliseum was never designed as a ballpark, the field dimensions will be unique. The left field fence may redefine “short porch” at approx. 200ft.

Below is the seating diagram for the game:

 Seating Diagram

Source: Los Angeles Dodgers


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