Dodger Stadium. Photo by John Schreiber.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will play their lockout-delayed home opener Thursday evening against the Cincinnati Reds with new and improved amenities to Dodger Stadium and new food and drink choices.

The exterior balcony of the Stadium Club has been transformed to the Stadium Club Boxes for groups to purchase on a game-to-game basis, featuring complimentary food and alcohol for purchase.

New furniture and LED displays will be added to the Stadium Club during the first half of the season.

Both the left and right field Baseline Clubs have been refreshed with newly upholstered furniture, new food service capabilities and new LED displays coming during the first half of the season.

All single-use, accessible restrooms in fan-facing areas throughout Dodger Stadium now include all-gender designations and have been labeled with signage accordingly.

There will be new memorabilia exhibits for fans to view throughout Dodger Stadium, including newly adorned display lockers from 1962, the year the stadium opened.

The exhibit “Breaking Barriers,” on loan from the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City, will be on display in the Centerfield Plaza under the Right Field Pavilion. A second Negro League exhibit on loan from Gary Cypres will be on display near the right field Stadium Club entrance, featuring bronze figures of baseball greats including Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson.

There are new murals on the left and right field sides of the stadium featuring the 60th anniversary logo of Dodger Stadium and Jackie Robinson, commemorating the 75th anniversary of his breaking baseball’s color barrier.

New food and drink offerings include:

— funnel fries served with chocolate or raspberry syrup and powdered sugar available at the Dunkin stand on the Field Level and Trolly Treats on the Loge and Reserve Levels;

— Louisiana hot link, bratwurst, Italian sausage and plant-based bratwurst available at the LA on Deck Circle on the Field Level and Reserve Level;

— spiral potatoes with salt and pepper, garlic, mesquite, tajin, cotija cheese, and chili lime aioli, or a signature barbecue burnt ends potato with barbecue spice, chipotle aioli and picked red onions will both be available at the Twisted Tatoes Stand on the Reserve Level;

— a taqueria platter with chicken taquitos, jalapeño poppers and a cheese quesadilla will be available at the Hornitos Cantina on the Field Level or the LA Taqueria on the Reserve Level. Hornitos Cantina in Right Field will feature specialty Hornitos cocktails;

— Several flavors of Aguas Frescas will be available for purchase — mango (with mango chunks, mango rim dip), horchata (with mazapan rim), strawberry-kiwi (strawberry chunks), pineapple (pineapple chunks, tamarindo rim) — at the Hornitos Cantina on Field Level, Eats and Drinks in the Centerfield and the LA Taqueria on the Reserve Level;

— Nashville-style tenders will be tossed in Nashville seasoning and served with crinkle cut fries. They will be available at the Sweet Chick stand on the Field Level;

— The Korean short rib bowl served at Base Bowls on the Field Level will have steamed rice topped with wok-fired beef and steamed broccoli;

— dessert nachos, a traditional style nacho bowl served with buñuelos, soft-serve ice cream, strawberries, and chocolate sauce, will be available at the Dunkin stand on the Field Level and Sweet Spot on the Loge Level;

— mushroom pepperoni sausage pizza from California Pizza Kitchen will be sold at stands throughout the stadium;

— the MVP barbecue platter available at the Think Blue BBQ in the Centerfield Pavilion will be served with burnt ends, corn bread, pulled pork, coleslaw and smoked picante;

— the Herradura Ultra Bar in Section 11 of the Reserve Level will feature specialty cocktails including the herradura dodgerita;

The Dodgers Deli on the Loge Level has added two grinders and a roast beef dip sandwich to its menu.

The Caprese grinder will be served on French bread with fresh mozzarella, basil, sliced tomatoes, and balsamic glaze. The Cold Cuts grinder will be comprised of a French roll, mortadella, salami, capicola, provolone, sliced tomatoes, shredded lettuce and hot giardiniera.

The roast beef dip sandwich will be served on a French roll and have shaved roast beef, provolone cheese, and grilled onions.

The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Jaime Jarrin, who is beginning his 64th and final season as a Dodger broadcaster. Players representing each decade of Dodger Stadium’s existence will accompany Jarrin, a 2018 Ring of Honor inductee, on the mound.

Members from all six military branches will unfurl a large American flag in center field as 2020 Grammy nominee Lupita Infante sings the national anthem. There will be a flyover from two F-35 fighters as the Joint Color Guard Armed Forces presents the nation’s colors.

The parking lot and stadium gates open at 4:10 p.m, with pregame ceremonies set to start at 6:30 p.m. The Dodger Stadium Express from Union Station will begin operating at 5:40 p.m. The first pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.

Walker Buehler (1-0) will start for the Dodgers. Fellow right-hander Luis Cessa will start for Cincinnati. He has no record in two relief appearances in 2022.

The Dodgers were initially scheduled to play their home — and season opener — March 31 against the Colorado Rockies, but were unable to because of Major League Baseball’s lockout of its players.

To accommodate games originally scheduled for March 31-April 7 the Dodgers will play split doubleheaders against the Arizona Diamondbacks May 17 and Sept. 20 at Dodger Stadium and the regular season has been extended by three days. The May 17 doubleheader will be the first at Dodger Stadium since July 22, 1999.

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