In 1958 a lot of hearts were broken in Brooklyn, New York. That’s because that was the year the Dodgers were taken from Brooklyn to the heart of Los Angeles. The Dodgers would open Dodger Stadium in 1962 and a whole new following of westerners would take to the blue. Dodgertown would now be a west coast thing.
Driving up to Chavez Ravine and Dodger Stadium, you can begin to see the signs all around. You are nearing the blue.
The “All are welcome,” part of that sign cracked me up after Saturday’s game, but I will cover that in the Fans and Food section next blog.
Driving into Dodger Stadium you immediately recognize the parking here is all stadium parking and encompasses the whole place. Some cities you can park in areas around the stadium, but Dodger Stadium has it locked down to the stadium. If you are driving a regular car you paid $15 for parking but for some odd reason trucks and busses paid $35. My guess is there is limited parking for larger vehicles.
The walk to the stadium is not very far and the palm trees all around definitely give you that L.A. feeling, This is no way Brooklyn.
If you didn’t have tickets already, then you can purchase them outside of the stadium at a long row of green tickets boothes. I don’t understanding the reasoning of having them away from the stadium, but it seems to work.
The Dodgers pricing is not unreasonable if you don’t care where you sit. But if you wanted lower level seats you will pay dearly for them.Infield box off either first or third will cost you $110 day of game. Buy them in advance for $95.
This poor vagabond sat in the left field pavilion for $13 and the lower reserve third base for $23.
The stadium has a large number of seats so there is seemingly no worry of a sell-out unless it’s playoff time. The architecture is dated and the concourses are on the smaller side, but they are functional.
There are stadiums that restrict your movement to the tickets you purchased. This is one of them and in my opinion the biggest drawback of the stadium. I understand organizations want to make it fair for everyone and don’t want someone buying a $10 ticket and moving into a $100 seat. I get that, but not even allowing people into the lower level to check out batting practice at field level somewhat bothered me.
Three different ushers made it clear that unless I had a ticket for field level I would not be allowed down there, not even for batting practice. Bogus.
This presented another problem too. I like to roam a ballpark and see all that it has to see, even if I am not sitting in that section. Maybe if my eyes can see it, I’ll want to buy those tickets? And what if there is not really much food selection in my section? I am not able to go to another level to get some better food if there is some. I am limited to what I got and that’s it. Bummer.
I like the fact Dodger Stadium is a large stadium, but I am bummed I cannot fully explore all facets of it or even majority of it without having a ticket.
The last point I’ll touch on is the ability to enjoy the game, no matter what team you root for. Dodger Stadium is the only stadium, I have come across to this point in my life, that goes out of its way to let you the fan know you have options if people are bothering you. Twice, in the first and second innings fans are given the “rules” of the ballpark and are asked to call, email, text or talk to an usher if someone is “hindering the enjoyment” of the game.
Between every inning the number to call is placed on the smaller boards for fans to call if they are being hindered. My guess is this is or was a problem the organization is very much hoping to do away with. Kudos to the “rat a fan” hotline as I coined it. If someone is being an idiot, you should have the right to make your displeasure known.
In conclusion, this is definitely a baseball stadium and the fans love their Dodgers. The knock on L.A. fans has always been the 3/7 rule. They show up in the third and leave in the seventh. Yes, there was plenty of that, but they have their hardcore base and they like to make it loud when they can. Outside of some bad apples with big mouths and idiot like attitudes, the majority of the Dodger fan base cared for their team and made for an enjoyable day at the ballpark. Ten being the best, I would give Chavez Ravine Dodger Stadium a 7.9 and would recommend checking out at least one game here in your lifetime.
With 56,000 seats, there is a good chance you’ll get a ticket for the game.
It’s California, so you know the temperature is going to be sunny and probably hot unless it’s a night game. Bring plenty of sunblock…Really, plenty.
If you are visiting L.A. it’s very centrally located, so you won’t have to log too much drive time. If you know anything about L.A. being on the highway is something you want to avoid unless you like spending your life on the hot highway.
Pricing is not so outrageous that you can’t see a game.
The fans get loud so you will feel like you are at a sporting event.
This also has to be the beach ball capital of baseball. I have never seen such a steady stream of beach balls bouncing around in the stands.
The price of admission does not include roaming privileges into other areas of the ballpark. Major bummer if you ask me.
Batting practice access is very limited and not fan friendly.
Depending on the seats, you could be selling your soul to catch a game below the upper decks or pavilions.
You may not see it as a con, but sitting in the LF pavilion could catch you a front row seat to LAPD removing multiple fans throughout the game!
It could also be a con if you are not a fan of beach balls at ballparks…
NO walking beer vendors. If you want one, you gotta get up and find one.
Photo credit- Tom Walsh all