The Los Angeles Dodgers will play at Dodger Stadium for the first time in 2011 Monday, facing the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in an exhibition game that begins at 7:10 p.m.
The game will mark the first opportunity for Echo Parquenos to eat the new "Doyer Dog," a grilled all-beef hot dog served with chili nacho cheese, chopped tomatoes, onions and jalapenos. The name was inspired by the Spanish-language version of the team's name and will be available at the stadium's Camacho's stands.
There are other changes to food and beverage choices at the stadium as well. In a big one, the Dodgertown Deli will replace the Canter's outpost that had been on the Field Level since 2008.
For foodies and other healthy eaters, turkey burgers have been added to the concession menu, and the Healthy Plate Carts now include an arugula salad with toasted walnuts, goat cheese, pomegranate seeds and balsamic vinaigrette dressing and a "Farmer's Market'' Greek salad.
The Dodgers will conclude spring training play Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners at Dodger Stadium again at 7:10 p.m. at Dodger Stadium. They kick off the regular season Thursdays against the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, at 5 p.m., also at Dodger Stadium.
A number of events have been scheduled for opening day, including a fireworks display at about 4:30 p.m. and a military flyover just before game time.
Nearby Echo Park residents should also expect stadium lights to shine on all night Wednesday as the staff prepares for Thursday's festivities.
In addition,the following streets will be closed on Thursday from 1 a.m. to 11 p.m. for staging purposes and game preparations:
- Scott Avenue between Stadium Way and North Boylston Street
- North Boylston between Academy and Stadium Way
- Lilac Terrace between Stadium Way and Lookout to Stadium
Local and emergency access will be maintained at all times. The Dodgers also plan open parking gates earlier than the normal two-hour pre-game window for special event days this season. The parking gates will open Thursday at 1 p.m.
Thursday's game is considered a sell out.
Steve Herbert of City News Service also contributed to this report.