Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles Dodgers
True To The Blue
Dodger Stadium is the third oldest yard in the bigs behind only Fenway Park and Wrigley Field. Now in it’s 56th season, Dodger Stadium has aged quite gracefully.
Year in and year out Dodger Stadium features the highest attendance figures in all of baseball. With the excitement surrounding this year’s team (2017) as the Dodgers head to the World Series for the first time since 1988, Dodger Stadium continues to draw record setting crowds, exceeding the 3 million mark in attendance for an unprecedented 29 times.
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The Dodgers are always adding to the ballpark menu and even experimenting with the menu throughout each homestand. While the varied menu item may change throughout the season, the Dodger Dog will always be top dog. Have a Dodger Dog for the experience of having one at Dodger Stadium. If going with a buddy or two, take in a game from the All You Can Eat Right Field Pavillion and gouge on as many Dodger Dogs your stomach can handle up to the 7th inning.
I actually recommend the Super Dog over the Dodger Dog. For only a buck more you get a much beefier dog. Among the newest additions to the Dodger Stadium menu is the Dodger Stadium Burger, an angus beef burger topped with beer-battered jalapenos, caramelized onions, a Budweiser infused bbq sauce and of course a Dodger Dog. The Kings Hawaiian Grill, located behind the left field pavilion, features Smoked Big Island Lava Wings, as well as a BBQ Pork or Beef Platter that comes a potato mac salad and a ramen salad. Communal picnic tables are located next to the Kings Hawaiian stand and provide fans 4 choices of BBQ sauce, including a kona-coffee sauce.
The outfield plaza features 2 bars that sell Budweiser products both on tap and bottled, as well as a variety of mixed drinks. Other adult beverages, including products from Golden Road Brewery and Kettle One Vodka are available through several stands throughout the yard.
When one enters the hallowed grounds of Chavez Ravine, as the area around Dodger Stadium was once known, they are entering the third oldest stadium in the majors, behind only Fenway Park and Wrigley Field. In spite of the fact that Dodger Stadium is now in its 56th season, with it’s 1960s style colored seating pallet, it is hardly ever referred to as a classic ballpark nor does it pretend to be.
Even with the occasional Hollywood vibe and celebrity stargazer, fans, including the celebrities themselves, are here for the game. Dodger blue and white are the colors you see decked among the fans, and they are not afraid to show their passion. They are here to cheer loudly for their hometown team and should not be confused with the crowds down the road at the Staples Center during Laker games.
There are several nice walking trails along with pregame picnic areas on the grounds of Elysian Park outside Dodger Stadium, providing some of the natural scenery beyond Dodger Stadium.
Aside from Elysian Park’s picnic areas and the scenery it provides the yard, the surrounding area does not offer much pre or post game entertainment or dining options. However, The Shortstop, a local dive bar not far from the stadium, is a favorite among Dodger fans. Chinatown and Downtown L.A. are also a short drive from the yard and offer several pre and postgame dining options.
With another exciting team this season, fans continue to flock to Dodger Stadium in droves. Year in and year out, Dodger Stadium features the most active turnstiles in all professional sports. Dodger Blue runs deep throughout many an Angeleno’s heart and all throughout Southern California as they are a loud and passionate bunch. Crowds of over 40,000 plus are a regular occurrence.
Though the Dodgers, like their purple and gold counterparts at the Staples Center, attract many a Hollywood crowd. Even with such a glitzy following, Dodger Stadium attracts quite possible the most diverse crowd in baseball.
There are various roads that lead to Dodger Stadium and can be accessed by the 5, 110 or 101. However, because of its proximity to downtown Los Angeles and the fact that most of the natives rely on their vehicles to get around this sprawling city, even with improved stadium transit options, you will want to allow yourself more than ample time to drive to the stadium if you want to be at your seat by the first pitch. L.A. traffic is no joke and can really test one’s nerves, especially if you’re not familiar with the local scene.
Another transportation option is the Dodger Stadium shuttle, which runs from Union Station in downtown every 15 minutes beginning 90 minutes to 2 hours before game time. Union Station can also easily be reached by light rail via the MTA through the Red, Purple and Gold lines.
If you should choose to drive to the game, there are five entrances that lead to the vast parking lot, which can accommodate up to 16,000 vehicles. Because each entrance will lead you to a specified location and you will also be exiting the same entrance you came through, you may want to do some research on your seat location so you can park as close to your seats as possible. Otherwise, you may have a hard time trying to locate your vehicle after the game. Parking, if paid in advance online, is $10. Otherwise, if paying at the gate, it will cost you $20.
Pedestrian egress has improved greatly over the years. Once restricted only to their seating level, fans on the loge level on down to the lower concourse are now able to wonder around and experience different vantage points, while fans seated in the outfield pavilions not only have a much wider pedestrian concourse, but they too also have greater pedestrian mobility throughout the stadium.
Throughout each level of the stadium for those who want to stroll the yard throughout the game are several drink tables that offer great views of the field so you won’t miss any action.
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Throughout the 2017 season, even with the huge success on the field, because of the 56,000 seating capacity, for most games tickets we’re available at or below face value through various resale sites. Tickets bought through the organization start at $21. With the largest seating capacity in the bigs, tickets for most games are always available even on those frequent nights when over 40,000 are present. With tickets always being plentiful, it is still highly possible to take in a game and not do serious damage to your pocket.
The extras here at Dodger Stadium range from the view of the downtown skyline behind home plate on the top deck, to the views of the sun setting west toward the ocean behind the third base reserve level stands, to the distant views of the San Gabriel Mountains beyond the outfield. These are all in the upper level seats!
Two baseball themed playgrounds for the little ones are located on the reserve level behind the 1st and 3rd base stands. Life sized bobble heads and other exhibits are spread throughout the stadium, including one of former manager Tommy Lasorda, located behind the right field pavilion next to his trattoria.
While Dodger Stadium may not flaunt their storied history to such great lengths, a plaza of retired numbers is on display outside the top deck entrance. Among the more popular and most photographed numbers in the plaza is Jackie Robinson’s 42.
If paying homage to the number 42 isn’t enough, a statue dedicated to the man who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier was put in place this season behind the left field reserve level entrance. With the Jackie Robinson statue easily marking the most popular fan gathering and photo spot, do allow yourself some extra time either prior or after a game if you want to snap a shot or few, or even to let his presence soak in.
Should your mobile device be running low on battery life, kiosks providing portable chargers for all types are available in the left field pavilion as well as the field, loge and reserve levels.
It was one magical season for The Boys In Blue. With the home 9 reaching the World Series for the first time since 1988, frequent trips to Chavez Ravine have been one memorable experience after another for many a Dodger Blue fan. With the Dodgers coming within one victory of their first world title in 29 years, fans are sure to return in droves come 2018.
In large part to its multi-pastel colored seating bowl that now other stadium could pull off, Dodger Stadium looks today much like it did on Opening Day, April 10, 1962.
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Latest Crowd Reviews
I had a great time when I visited Dodger Stadium. For a building that has been around for a half century, it looks great, with lots of modern touches throughout.
Dodger Stadium still maintains its signature appearance that may be one of the most recognizable in all of Major League Baseball. With a team once again in the thick of the pennant race, you can expect an enthusiastic blue clad crowd of over 40,000 on a frequent basis. Dodger Stadium has done an outstanding job of keeping up with the current day ballpark experience while hardly compromising the interior aesthetics. With its 1960s themed pastel colored seats in each level, Dodger Stadium looks similar to the day it opened on April 10, 1962.