Dodgers Open Shortened Season
July 23, 2020
The Dodgers opened the 2020 season Thursday evening, the stands filled with cardboard cutouts of fans.
The game against the San Francisco Giants was nationally televised on ESPN. They plan to continue with games against the Giants on Friday (6:40 p.m. televised on SportsNet LA), Saturday (1:10 p.m. on FOX) and Sunday (7:08 p.m. on ESPN).
Pregame is streamed on Dodgers social media. The team planned live player introductions and special ceremonies, which include gospel singer Keith Williams Jr. performing the national anthem.
Pregame coverage also begins at 5:30 p.m. on AM 570 LA Sports with a 90-minute pregame show leading into its game coverage. Today's game can also be heard live on KTNQ 1020 AM (Spanish) and Radio Korea 1540 AM (Korean).
"Based on the health circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic along with governmental directives prohibiting large gatherings, Dodger Stadium will be unable to host fans at the start of the season," said the team in a press release. "Fans looking to have a presence at Dodger Stadium can still purchase a Fan Cutout, with net proceeds benefitting the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation."
The Dodgers have sold 5,000 cutouts and raised over $850,000 for the Dodgers Foundation so far. "Fans can continue to purchase cutouts – for themselves or their dogs – at Dodgers.com/FanCutouts. "
"Dodger Stadium remains closed to the public, but fans are still able to order team gear for curbside pickup. Fans can browse merchandise on Instagram (@DodgersTopOfThePark) or on DodgersShop.com, and call 323-224-2621 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order. Upon arrival at the designated pick up zone, a team store employee will load purchased gear into vehicles for a full contactless delivery.
The Dodgers' 60-game season includes 10 games against each divisional opponent and Interleague matchups against the American League West's Angels, Astros, Athletics, Rangers and Mariners. The full schedule can be found at Dodgers.com/schedule.