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Free entry to Dodger Stadium today for broadcast of season opener

April 5, 2012 | 12:45 pm

Dodger Stadium

In a possible sign of a changing culture, the Dodgers are inviting fans to come to Dodger Stadium to watch the team's season opener at San Diego for free.

Team officials say more than 15,000 fans have RSVP'd for Thursday’s event. The team will offer free parking, a discount on team merchandise and an autograph session from former Dodger infielder Ron Cey as well as concessions. The game broadcast will be shown on the DodgerVision video screen in the stadium outfield.

A news release from the team said Gate A at Elysian Park Avenue and Stadium Way will open an hour before first pitch at 4:05 p.m.

The move is intended to help bring fans back to Dodger Stadium after the team recorded its lowest attendance in 11 years last season. The team had been embroiled in a sell-off by former owner Frank McCourt, but fans largely rejoiced last week when Major League Baseball announced that a group led by Magic Johnson had purchased the team for $2 billion.

The former Laker star-turned-businessman subsequently told The Times, “You'll see the team invest money.” Fans will likely expect the new owners to do so after the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed superstar slugger Albert Pujos and pitcher C.J. Wilson last fall.

The Dodgers' first home game is Tuesday afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates.   

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-- Matt Stevens

Twitter.com/mattstevenslat

Photo: Dodger Stadium. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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