The stadium was not flooded although aerial video showed the parking lot submerged in water.
California faced its first tropical storm in 84 years earlier this week. Tropical Storm Hilary flooded roads and toppled trees, prompting the state government to assess the damage.
A virus videotapes posted by Los Angeles Dodgers Aerial Photography, a group that promotes Dodger Stadium helicopter flights on social media, had everybody wonder whether the images showing the flooded parking lot around the stadium are true.
Are the viral images of Dodger Stadium after Tropical Storm Hilary real?
Yes, the viral images of Dodger Stadium after Tropical Storm Hilary are real.
WHAT WE FIND
The aerial footage of Dodger Stadium after Tropical Storm Hilary is real, but Dodger Stadium was not flooded.
As photos sharing posts started going viral, the official X account of the Los Angeles Dodgers Written, “Is Dodger Stadium trending? We understand. This morning looks beautiful.” These include images showing the inside and outside of Dodger Stadium undamaged by the flooding.
VERIFY contacted Joe Jareck, the Dodgers Senior Director of Public Relations, who confirmed that there was no flooding at Dodger Stadium and that the photos posted to their social media site were legitimate.
The stadium is also unlikely to be flooded due to its location. Mark Holtzman, who has flown over the stadium several times as president of West Coast Aerial Photography, told the Associated Press that the parking lot was uneven so water could not stand. He added that the viral images looked like a wet parking lot.
So what caused the area around the football field to appear underwater? Maybe it was just an illusion due to the angle of the stadium from the air. Hany Farid, a digital forensics expert at the University of California, Berkeley, noted to The Associated Press that from a remote aerial perspective, it’s hard to tell the difference between a wet surface and a surface that’s a few deeps. inches of water.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.