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Time for Dodger Baseball: Monday is Opening Day in Los Angeles

The sold-out game at 1:10 p.m. Monday marks the start of a post-Vin Scully era.

The Los Angeles Dodgers' home opener pits the team against the San Diego Padres Monday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.

The sold-out game at 1:10 p.m. Monday marks the start of a post-Vin Scully era in earnest. The legendary broadcaster retired last season after 67 years as the Dodgers' play-by-play man, dating back to the team's origins in Brooklyn. He called his final game on Oct. 2, 2016, and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from then-President Barack Obama in November.

The Dodgers' lead TV broadcaster is now Joe Davis, who also calls football and baseball for Fox.

Other changes at Dodger Stadium include reconfiguring the ring road behind center field in an effort to improve traffic and the creation of a new premium parking lot between the former 76 station and the center field transit road.

The pedestrian loading area for the Dodger Stadium Express bus has been reconfigured to provide a dedicated area with uniform pedestrian lighting.

Parking prices are unchanged from last season, $10 in advance and $20 at the gate. Lanes have been added for fans purchasing parking passes in advance.

The Dodgers have announced the game is sold out, but like for nearly all events, a limited amount of tickets are available online.

Los Angeles Police Department officials today warned buyers to beware of fraudulent ticket scalpers.

LAPD officials also issued a notice reminding people that the parks within Elysian Park will be closed to the public from 10 p.m. today through 5 p.m. Monday. Additionally, there will be a temporary parking restriction Monday near the stadium: between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. parking will be limited on Palm Row (Stadium Way) between Scott Road and Academy Road.

"Everyone in attendance on opening day deserves a safe and fun-filled day of baseball, so please respect the neighborhood and stay safe,'' an LAPD spokesperson said.

For tickets, a season schedule and other details, visit Dodgers.MLB.com.

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