Dodgers bullpen

A view from above the visiting team's bullpen at Dodger Stadium. (Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times)

The Dodgers are introducing lookout spots above the bullpens next season, enabling fans to consume a Dodger dog or a drink while watching Clayton Kershaw or Kenley Jansen warm up.

The lookouts are the focal point of a modest Dodger Stadium expansion beyond the foul poles in left and right fields. The Dodgers would like those spaces to develop into gathering areas for fans, with concession stands to be added there and the merchandise tents to be replaced by permanent team stores.

Since Dodger Stadium opened in 1962, fans seated in the pavilions have been restricted to that area. The new gathering areas will be accessible to fans seated in the pavilions as well as to those entering from the field level.

The bullpen lookouts and adjacent plazas are the most notable Dodger Stadium addition this winter, one year after the Dodgers spent $100 million on a significant renovation. The Dodgers are expected to announce and detail this winter's upgrades in coming weeks.

One upgrade, sure to delight opposing players: a new visiting clubhouse, to replace the cramped facility in use for more than half a century. The Dodgers replaced the home clubhouse last winter.