Angel Stadium of Anaheim – Los Angeles Angels

by | Jul 23, 2018 | Andrei Ojeda, MLB | 0 comments

Fanfare Score

Total Score
3.71

Crowd Score

Total Score
3.76

 

 

 

Calling All Angels

Prior to calling Anaheim home in 1966, in 1961 the Los Angeles Angels would play one season in Wrigley Field in South Los Angeles. From 1962-65 the Angels would play second fiddle to the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, referring to their home as Chavez Ravine. In 1966, the Angels would have a place to call their own, heading down I-5 South to Anaheim, establishing themselves as the California Angels.

Angel Stadium is currently the 4th oldest active park in the majors. In that span, The Big A, as it is affectionately referred to, has gone through two major facelifts, including a seating capacity expansion of over 65,000 seats to accommodate the NFL’s L.A. Rams. The expansion would not only enclose the once intimate ballpark, but force the relocation of the famed Big A scoreboard from its original left field location to its current location in the parking lot next to the 57 freeway; used today as an information board for passing motorists.

With the Rams leaving Anaheim Stadium after the 1994 season, Anaheim Stadium, as it was known then, would return to being a primary baseball facility in time for the 1998 season. Several touches were added, including its signature rock display beyond the outfield fence.

Food & Beverage 4

Angel Stadium provides a wide variety of food choices. The Angels official website provides a concessions map, as well as menus for all of the various concession locations found throughout the park as well as concession stand listings on the walls behind home plate. One of the more popular options is The Smoke Ring BBQ, which is located in the food court just inside Gate 1.  If you can, do come early because there’s a huge line before the game. Items served here are Jumbo Hot Dog, Smoked Cajun Sausage, the Legends Dog, a Jumbo Hot Dog topped with pulled brisket and bbq sauce and sure to please you meat lovers. The Smoked BBQ Brisket Sandwich is a hefty sandwich with a generous portion of meat piled high and your choice of two sides: cole slaw, corn bread or baked beans.

Behind the third base concourse is La Rotisserie, serving up rotisserie chicken.  The Half Bird, a herb rotisserie bird, comes with your choice of chips, whole grain or seasonal salad. Other items to check out are the Pulled Rotisserie Chicken Sandwich or the Rotisserie Prochetta Sandwich.

Throughout each home stand the Angels will have various food items at The Change Up, located behind Section 226. Menu items will vary throughout the season based on a particular player or manager Mike Scioscia’s cuisine of choice.  Among the menu items inspired by the players, for Albert Pujols, a Latin American Cuisine offers up Dee Dee’s Home Run Beef Carne Guisada, braised short ribs, red beans and rice with potato salad and crispy yuca. On the homestand the skipper chooses the menu, Mike Scioscia stays true to his Italian roots by offering up a Summer Tomato Bruschetta on grilled garlic toast and fresh mozzarella.

Atmosphere 4

It all starts as you make your way in. If this is your first time visiting Angel Stadium, arrive early and enter through the home plate entrance. The home plate entrance is the stadium’s grand entryway. A replica infield is outlined in bricks from various Angels donors. You are also greeted by two enormous Angels hats, providing a popular gathering spot for fans to meet up.

Once you enter, you will notice a glass encased display in front of the team store paying tribute to the 2002 World Series Champions, complete with the World Series trophy. Along the field and terrace level concourse behind home plate you will see more tributes commemorating great moments, as well as an Angel Hall of Fame.

If you arrive early enough and have a chance, take a stroll out behind the California Spectacular, the signature rock display beyond the outfield. One of the more popular photo spots for you IG and Snapchatters is the rock formed in the shape of an “A” with the stadium providing the back drop. Out there, you will also enjoy both a tranquil water display and all the teams post season flags waving proudly.

From the 7th inning on, should the home nine need a rally, the famous (or infamous) Rally Monkey makes his appearance on the jumbotron in right field. Should the home team come out victorious; the halo atop the Big A in the parking lot will light up. The halo lights up for both home and road victories, giving fans driving on the 57 freeway something to look up for a brief moment.

Neighborhood 3

The area surrounding Angel Stadium continues to develop. There are your standard fast food restaurants out on Katella, as well as your casual dining at JT Schmids, Hooters and The Catch. Throughout the season The Catch features Tailgates on the patios, offering $5 beer and cocktail specials. Prior to all Sunday games a Morning Game Day menu is featured along with Bottomless Mimosas.

Angel Stadium is only a five to ten minute drive from the House of Mouse. Along Harbor Blvd north of Katella are several lodging and dining options. A 24 hour IHOP and a Denny’s are also located across the street from the Mouse’s house if you’re just looking for some simple late night munchies.

If you do find yourself staying in Anaheim, Downtown Disney, located between Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks, offers a variety of dining and entertainment options. No admission to either theme park is required. Depending on the season, particularly the summer nights, visitors can view the nightly fireworks from Disneyland along DTD’s plaza.

Also not far from the stadium are a few entertainment and dining options at the Anaheim Gardenwalk though nothing out of the ordinary such as The Cheesecake Factory and The House of Blues Restaurant & Bar.

Fans 4

Staying with the typical Southern California feel, Angel fans are very welcoming and laid back. Outside of the Rally Monkey, there are moments during a game where you expect the fans to rally behind their team, and the Anaheim faithful can certainly fill those moments with noise.

Southern California is populated with transplants from all over. On any given night, a fair number of visiting team fans can make their presence felt. The presence of visiting fans does not diminish the presence and passion of the Angels fans, especially when the home nine is in need of a rally and The Rally Monkey makes it presence.

Access 4

Angel Stadium is located almost at the intersection of the 57 and 5 freeways, which makes it a bit easier to get to than you might expect for a Southern California venue. Though traffic is not typically as bad around Angel Stadium, it is still a good idea to plan ahead and arrive as early as possible. Traffic in Southern California, especially the 5 North from Los Angeles can be brutal.

On weeknights, Metrolink trains offer fans rides from points as far north as Los Angeles and as far south as Oceanside, dropping fans off on a platform connecting to the stadium parking lot. Round trip tickets are a value at $7. Throughout July and August kids 18 and under ride free with each adult.

Amtrak also operates service to Angel Stadium from points as far north as Los Angeles and far south as San Diego, also dropping passengers off on the same platform used by Metrolink.

Aside from the grand entrance behind home plate, there are two other entrances, located behind the left and right field concourse. All these entrances lead directly onto the field concourse as well as the ramps and escalators leading to the upper level seats.

Return on Investment 4

Tickets for most games can be bought throughout several third party sites at far below face value. Box office prices start at an affordable $8. As is the practice with most teams, the price of admission can change at any time based on a number factors, i.e., day of week, opponent, promotional giveaways just to name a few.

Extras 3

Fans entering through the park’s grand entrance behind home plate can view a mural honoring the 2002 World Champion team as well as other Angels greats and other great moments. Outside of the grand entrance are two oversized hats as well as a regulation sized infield laid out in bricks. The oversized hats are a popular meeting place for fans prior to and after the games.

The team store is also located behind the home plate field level stands. As fans pass through the team store entrance, they can view the team’s 2002 World Series Championship trophy along with other team memorabilia inside a glass display.

The California Spectacular rock display, added in 1998 upon completion of the yards second major overhaul, though somewhat dated when compared to other ballparks bells and whistles, gives a nice touch setting off fireworks after each Angels home run.

The most notable addition to Angel Stadium are the two new video boards, including the 9,500 square foot board in right field, making it the third-largest display in the majors behind the Indians and Mariners.

Final Thoughts

Angel Stadium in now in its 53rd season of operation. In certain areas of the yard, its age shows. In spite of past attempts for a new location throughout Orange County, owner Arte Moreno has announced the Angels will remain in their current yard until at least 2029.

The Angels have been a huge part of the Anaheim sports scene since 1966. Some of baseball’s greats, such as Nolan Ryan, Rod Carew and Reggie Jackson have called Angel Stadium home. Though Angel Stadium may not have the classic feel of Fenway Park or Wrigley Field, the Big A has its great share of baseball history, hosting ten post-seasons while raising nine division champion flags and one World Champion flag from their memorable post-season run of 2002.

It has been 20 years since Angel Stadium went back to being a primary baseball facility. The enhancements of 1998 may seem dated when compared to other newer yards. The additions of the two new video boards could be the first step among other possible future enhancements to further improve the fan experience and maybe keep the Angels at The Big A beyond 2029.

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Food and Drink Recommendations

The Catch

2100 E Katella Ave

Anaheim, CA 92806

(714) 935-0101

http://www.catchanaheim.com/


JT Schmid’s Restaurant & Brewery

2610 E Katella Ave

Anaheim, CA 92806

(714) 634-9200

http://www.jtschmidsrestaurants.com/


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Entertainment Recommendations

Disneyland

1313 S Disneyland Dr

Anaheim, CA 92802

(714) 781-4000

http://disneyland.disney.go.com


City National Grove of Anaheim

2200 E. Katella Ave

Anaheim, CA 92806

(714) 712-2700

http://www.citynationalgroveofanaheim.com/


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Lodging Recommendations

 

Ayres Hotel Anaheim

2550 E. Katella Ave

Anaheim, CA 92806

(800) 595-5692

http://www.ayreshotels.com/anaheim


 

Holiday Inn Anaheim-Resort Area

1915 S Manchester Ave

Anaheim, CA 92802

 (714) 748-7777

https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/anaheim/laxsm/hoteldetail


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Crowd Reviews

Latest Crowd Reviews

Date: 2018-09-24 10:22:40
By: Marc Viquez

Total Score
3.71

The 1997 renovations were nice, but this is still a ballpark cut from the 1960s DNA. The waterfalls and rock garden in the outfield adds a nice touch to the festivities.

Date: 2018-07-23 15:04:04
By: Legacy Review

Total Score
3.71

If you arrive early enough and have a chance, take a stroll out behind the California Spectacular, the signature rock display beyond the outfield.

Date: 2017-10-31 15:04:33
By: Legacy Review

Total Score
3.86

Angel Stadium is the 4th oldest venue in the majors. In spite of several renovations throughout the years, its age is somewhat apparent in several spots throughout the yard. However, Angel Stadium still provides a more than memorable baseball experience.

Stadium Info

Angel Stadium of Anaheim
2000 Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, CA 92806

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim website
Angel Stadium of Anaheim website

Year Opened: 1966
Capacity: 45,050

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