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DODGER STADIUM

A welcoming sign to Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Dodger Stadium's Exterior

Walk through the massive parking lot to the park

TEAM ::: LOS ANGELES DODGERS
LOCATION ::: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
MY FIRST GAME ::: JULY 11, 2004
OPPONENT ::: HOUSTON ASTROS

Photos of current Dodgers surround Dodger Stadium

Behind the upper deck entrance is this parking lot

They even landscape the parking lot

RATINGS
 
BALLFIELD ::: A+
SCOREBOARD ::: A
FOOD ::: C
FACILITIES ::: A+
MLB STADIUM RANK ::: 6 OUT OF 40

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles California

MY TAKE ON THE PARK

Waiting for the pitch - Dodger Stadium

Ever since 1989 when I read Bob Wood's book "Dodger Dogs to Fenway Franks" I have wanted to come to Dodger Stadium to see a game. The book rated Dodger Stadium #1 and it described is as a Baseball Palace with delicious hot dogs, a sparkling clean interior, and a huge parking lot.
 
I wanted to experience it all and 16 years later, I did. 20 years later I did again and I can assure you nothing has changed. The place is still spotless, the parking lot is still huge, and the hot dogs are pretty darn good.
 
Off of Sunset Blvd., turn onto Elysian Park and head up the hill. At the top of the hill it hits you, Vin Scully's "It's time for Dodger baseball." It is a feeling that cannot be described.
 
To the gate a friendly Dodger parking attendant takes you $15 and sends you into the most efficient parking system in baseball. 
Los Angeles sure does know how to take care of its cars and unlike the east coast where parking  is at a premium, parking goes on forever at Chavez Revine. They even have a gas station in the back of the lot.

First view of the Stadeium's interior - Los Angele

View from the 3rd base side - Dodger Stadium

The flags are always waving at Dodger Stadium

Welcome to Dodgertown

After leaving the car in this pot hole free lot, head into the stadium with the current Dodger photos around the outside and the new slogan. "The World of Dodgertown, all are Welcome." 
 
To enter the Stadium you can walk to the level you are sitting in and enter there.  Walking through the tunnel out into the seating bowl, the Stadium shines. As an aside, to show how forward thinking they were when they built the place, you can walk around most levels and watch the game from the concourse. A feature ballparks are now incorporating all overm the Dodgers thought of it 50 years ago.

The field is just perfect here with a bit more foul territory than I thought. The multicolored seats, which looked silly at Shea Stadium, work very well in LA. the yellow seats in the lower level and the Dodger Blue in the upper level, it all looks great.

A crecent moon over Dodger Stadium - LA

Dusk at Chavez Ravene

View from the 1st base side - Dodger Stadium

Looking towards Right at Dodger Stadium

If there was a major disappointment it was the Dodger Dog .. I was so excited to try this and well, Farmer John's Dodger Dog tasted kind of like metal. I would suggest the Kosher Dog served at many of the concessions. Carl's Jr. and some other chains can be found inside the park. I have to say though, a white batting helmet filled with popcorn is a pretty cool item to enjoy at the ballpark.

From behind Home Plate at Dodger Stadium

Nightfall at Dodger Stadium

Game action under the lights - Dodger Stadium

Two huge scoreboards in the outfield, left field handles the video , right field the baseball stuff .. Line score, Line ups, & Batter .. All well presented and easy to follow.
 
For a national League park, I always like the Line ups to remain on the board for both sides the entire game. The new board here no longer  does that. Come to think of it, I don't think the new board at Shea does either.
 
At the end of the game, and even in the middle of the 8th Dodger Stadium becomes a kareoke bar. In the 8th it is sing a long to "Don't Stop Believing," I wonder if that will ever catch on. But my favorite is at the end of the game, Randy Newman's "I Love LA."

Game Action at Dodger Stadium

Dodger Stadium is a MUST destination for every baseball fan. Like Wrigley Field, Dodger Stadium only deals with baseball. There isn't a playground in left field or a swimming pool in right, just palm trees to hide the parking lot so we can concentrate on the game.
 
If you'd rather not eat at the game, head over and maybe meet a celebrity at Pink's on La Brea or visit one of the many In and Out Burgers in the LA area.  
 
The park really has to be seen to be enjoyed, to notice the forward thinking in the architecture. Why tear down parks because you can't go to the concession stand and not see the game, the Dodgers tought of that in ther early 60's. 
 
 Finally, stick around for the post game high light reel, hearing Vin Scully's voice boom through the park is enough to make you want to come back tomorrow for more Dodger baseball.

Situated perfectly over Dodger Stadium

Atop the 5th deck - Dodger Stadium

THE LINE UPS

HOUSTON ASTROS MANAGER :::
3 JIMY WILLIAMS

LOS ANGELES DODGERS MANAGER :::
12 JIM TRACY

 HOUSTON ASTROS 

 

7 Craig Biggio lf

 

5 Jeff Bagwell 1b

 

15 Carlos Beltran cf

 

17 Lance Berkman rf

 

12 Jeff Kent 2b

 

14 Morgan Ensberg 3b

 

28 Adam Everett ss

 

46 Raul Chavez c

 

44 Roy Oswalt p / LP

What to eat during the game - Dodger Stadium

LOS ANGELES DODGERS 

 

30 Dave Roberts cf

 

3 Cesar Izturis ss

 

16 Paul Lo Duca c

 

15 Shawn Green 1b

 

28 Jayson Werth rf

 

23 Robin Ventura 3b

 

18 Jose Hernandez lf

 

13 Alex Cora 2b

 

27 Jose Lima p / WP 

Dodger Stadium scoreboard

A Dodger Win

     ASTROS   000   002   002   4   7   0
DODGERS 101   001   04x   7 13 0

TIME ::: 2:27
ATTENDANCE ::: 40,484
WEATHER ::: 78 CLEAR

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LINKS

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The Official web site of the Los Angeles Dodgers

The Official Box Score from my first game at Dodger Stadium

ESPN's view of Dodger Stadium

For great Hot Dogs in LA - Pink's Hollywood

The IN-N-OUT Burger site

The most comfortable bed near Dodger Stadium - The Westin Bonaventure

The 76 Gas site - Sold in the parking lot @ Dodger Stadium

A great breakfast spot about 3 miles from Dodger Stadium - The Original Pantry

Los Angeles weather from WEATHER.com

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