Dodger Stadium Los Angeles Reviews
Historic ballpark is a letdown Sep 28, 2012
Located on the edge of downtown, Dodger Stadium is the third oldest stadium in Major League Baseball, opening in 1962. That was 4 years after the team moved into Los Angeles from Brooklyn.
There is a bus called the Dodger Express that takes fans from Union Station to the stadium. The reviews of this bus have been mixed, as some say that it gets stuck in traffic for more than an hour, and they get off and have to walk to the stadium. But when I rode it, it took only 30 minutes. The fare is included with your game ticket.
There is really not much in terms of attractions. Outside of the stadium, there are some posters on the wall, which showcases moments in Dodger history. And inside, there are pictures of Dodgers on the columns, like Sandy Koufax, Tommy Lorsada, and even Vin Scully. But no statues or anything else like that. I guess the main attraction is the ballgame itself. Also, you can see the mountains in the distance, which is nice to see.
The big problem with this place, is the accessibility between sections. For example, if your ticket is for the Reserve section at the upper level, then you have to go through the entrance to that section. That means going up a flight of stairs to get to that entrance. There is no switching between sections. So if you want a closer look at field and take pictures, forget it! The ushers will not allow you to.
Another problem is how people are not allowed to watch from directly behind the seats under the overhang, which is a problem on a very hot day, and very unbearable to sit in the sun to watch the game. Security will tell you to stand behind a white line, which makes it hard to see the field. That is just lame!
Also, it is advised not to wear gear of other teams, since there are people at the game, who only there to stir up trouble. Some call it the “gangster element”. Those fans will be cursed at or having things thrown at. It could even get violent, as in the case of Bryan Stow. Some say, it rivals that of Raiders football fans.
I did try a Dodger dog, and did not think it was anything special. It was just a foot long hot dog. And “I Love LA”by Randy Newman, plays after each Dodger victory, with the lyrics on the scoreboard.
Overall, watching the game at this ballpark was not bad. But the restrictions just made this place memorable, but not in a good way.
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LA Dodgers May 05, 2008
Even if you aren't into baseball (I'm not), going to a baseball game at Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine is one of the most fun things a person can do in Los Angeles.
The best thing about baseball is that you don't need to watch every aspect of the game to have a good time. There aren't complicated rules to follow so its easy to know when to cheer and when to boo. It's also easy to become an instant fan because you feel like you are part of a happy community - which isn't always the case in LA.
Even though baseball is played in the summer, be sure to bring a light jacket for night games - the temperature does take a dip. Also, check out the Dodger web site for cheap tickets. You'd be surprised what kind of deals you can find for seats behind home plate.
Parking and food are where you will spend your money but its all part of the experience.