Location/Culture Reports

Location Report – California to Italy

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles California

Dodger Stadium was built in 1962. A stadium was needed in California after that dark day in the 1950s when it was decided that the Dodgers would leave Brooklyn and move to Los Angeles. The stadium can hold 56,000 people and has parking for 16,000 autos on 21 terraced lots (no wonder people had trouble getting out of the stadium). Besides Dodger games, the stadium has also hosted the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 1980 and the Olympics Games baseball competition in 1984. Non-baseball events that have happened at the Stadium includes concerts by the Beatles, Elton John, Simon and Garfunkel, U2, David Bowie, the Bee Gees, the Dave Matthews Band and Encore – The Three Tenors which reunited Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and Zubin Mehta.

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

The Cortina d’Ampezzo is an Italian ski resort located in the Dolomite Mountains. The bulk of the tourists here are Italians. The 1956 Winter Olympics were held at Cortina D’Ampezzo and were the first to be televised. These Olympics were most notable for the first appearance by any team from USSR who then went on to win more medals than any other nation. Other important events included Pavel Kolchin (USSR) becoming the first non-Scandinavian to earn a medal in cross-country skiing and Anton Sailer (Austria) winning all three men’s races in Alpine skiing – the first clean sweep in Olympic history. The United States began to emerge as a powerhouse in figure skating with Tenley Albright and Hayes Alan Jenkins winning gold medals.

The Dolomite Mountains

Not to be confused with the movie Dolemite, the Dolomites contain 3,000 foot high sheer rock walls, limestone plateaus, lush valleys and meadows, and Lake Misurina which is known as the "pearl of the Dolomites."