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Dodger Stadium Renovations Force 2013 AMA Supercross Round to Move to Anaheim
Promoter Feld Motorsports announced the originally-scheduled Jan. 19 AMA Supercross race in Los Angeles will now be held in Anaheim as Dodger Stadium undergoes renovations to prepare for the 2013 Major League Baseball season.
Dodger Stadium was included in the original 17-round 2013 AMA Supercross schedule but its spot will instead be occupied by Angel Stadium in Anaheim which will once again host three rounds in the series. Anaheim hosted three AMA Supercross rounds for years before 2011 when Los Angeles was added.
The L.A. Dodgers, who own the stadium, have a new ownership group (including NBA basketball great Earvin “Magic” Johnson) which made renovating the 50-year-old facility one of its priorities. This forced the movement of several events previously scheduled for Dodger Stadium including Supercross and the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam monster truck event in February.
“Our expectation is to be underway with enhancements to Dodger Stadium in preparation for the 2013 baseball season during the time these events are scheduled,” says Bob Wolfe, Executive Vice President of the Dodgers. “In order to avoid any possible impact on the January 19 Monster Energy Supercross race and the February 16 Monster Jam event, we, along with Feld Motor Sports, came to the decision that it would be best to have the event moved to another location on January 19.”
Those who already purchased tickets to the Dodger Stadium AMA Supercross round can get a refund at the point of purchase. Tickets for the Jan. 19 round at Angel Stadium will go on sale Dec. 7 at 10 am PST.
“We are working diligently to make the change from Dodger Stadium to Angel Stadium for the Jan 19 Monster Energy Supercross race seamless for the teams, sponsors, and most importantly the fans,” said Ken Hudgens, Chief Operating Office, Feld Motor Sports. “The collective effort between the Monster Energy Supercross staff, Dodger Stadium staff, and Angel Stadium staff to make this venue change has been very positive.”
|Revised 2013 AMA Supercross Schedule|
|January 5||Angel Stadium||Anaheim, Calif.|
|January 12||Chase Field||Phoenix, Ariz.|
|January 19||Angel Stadium||Anaheim, Calif.|
|January 26||O.Co Coliseum||Oakland, Calif.|
|February 2||Angel Stadium||Anaheim, Calif.|
|February 9||Qualcomm Stadium||San Diego, Calif.|
|February 16||Cowboys Stadium||Arlington, Texas|
|February 23||Georgia Dome||Atlanta, Ga.|
|March 2||Edward Jones Dome||St. Louis, Mo.|
|March 9||Daytona International Speedway||Daytona Beach, Fla.|
|March 16||Lucas Oil Stadium||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|March 23||Rogers Centre||Toronto, Canada|
|April 6||Reliant Stadium||Houston, Texas|
|April 13||Metrodome||Minneapolis, Minn.|
|April 20||CenturyLink Field||Seattle, Wash.|
|April 27||Rice-Eccles Stadium||Salt Lake City, Utah|
|May 4||Sam Boyd Stadium||Las Vegas, Nev.|
[Source: AMA Supercross, photo by Hoppenworld.com]