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As Dodger Stadium attendance fell, so did neighborhood gridlock

November 2, 2011 |  1:58 pm

Traffic was at a standstill before the Dodgers' home opener in 2007. Credit: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

In the aftermath of the Bryan Stow beating at the parking lot of Dodger Stadium and the Frank McCourt woes in recent months, attendance plummeted on game days -- making life a little easier for neighbors of the ball park.

Nicholas Amoroso, a 26-year-old wardrobe stylist who lives next to the stadium, said traffic has been much lighter this season.

He recalls the near-gridlock from last year and said it caused a lot of headaches.

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"Traffic was so bad," he said. "It's been much better recently."

With the recent troubles plaguing the team, officials have tried to woo neighbors back.

Nearby residents, Amoroso said, get free tickets. Before, he could get maybe two or three tickets. Now, he can easily get almost a dozen.

For the record, 3:15 p.m. Nov. 2: A previous version of this post incorrectly spelled Bryan Stow's last name as Stowe.

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Photo: Traffic was at a standstill before the Dodgers' home opener in 2007.

Credit: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times

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