The new HD screens are gorgeous, of course, if a little busy at times. (Some fonts on the scoreboard are near-impossible to read.) Everything about the outfield view has a nice symmetry to it now. (I took some video that I'll post tomorrow morning.) The new sound system is much clearer, though you don't get the full effect in the Reserve seats.
The restrooms are bright and comfortable. The kids play areas are a welcome addition, even if there's not quite enough there yet to keep most kids entertained. (My kid will likely be bored in about two minutes.) It's really nice to have full team stores on the Reserve level, but their placement makes them a bit hard to find.
New food options were plentiful and lines moved briskly. I really, REALLY like the eating areas behind the seats. I see myself using those a lot. I only noticed one new beer option (see below).
I didn't like EVERYTHING, of course. The new "host" segments between innings are awkward and feel out of place at Dodger Stadium. I get what they're going for, but maybe it needs to be implemented some other way. One of the segments even pushed the limits of political correctness, and I wonder how long before it's axed. Plus, all this stuff meant WAY less Nancy Bea. And that's just criminal. Oh, and traffic leaving the stadium was awful, even out of the normally easy to escape Academy Gate.
I ran into Stan Kasten walking the Reserve level early in the game. I told him I loved what they did with the place. I don't think I was blowing smoke, either. On the whole, I think the improvements are wonderful and appropriate. I'm sure most of the tiny gripes I have will be addressed over time.
On to the crappy iPhone pics!
The view from my seat, with Kid K's home run on the new screens.
Another GREAT addition: Vin's pre-game intro is played for the live crowd.
Tiny Clayton gets his Roberto Clemente Award.
My Frito Pie Dog on the one of the new eating areas behind the seats. I fear for the people sitting below. They're destined to get food and/or beer dumped on them at some point.
The only new beer I spotted. Nice to see a local craft, but they're charging $10 for a small and not offering a large. What's up with THAT?
Tiny Ryu's first Major League at-bat.
One of the new play areas, going unused at the moment.
I like the new signage, but miss the player photos. Are they on other levels?
Big bobbles, no trobbles.
The Blues Brothers' "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" is the new bottom of the ninth rally song. OK, then.
My souvenir from Ryu's debut. Now a sad reminder of getting shut down by Bumgarner.