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Dodger Stadium

Los Angeles, CA

Home of the Los Angeles Dodgers

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1000 Elysian Park Avenue
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Year Opened: 1962

Capacity: 56,000

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The New Blue

In recent years, the Dodger Stadium experience had declined. The 50th anniversary of the stadium seemed to be heading more towards a funeral rather than a celebration. Attendance was dropping, fans felt unsafe, and the product on the field was not indicative of the storied franchise.

Well, $2 billion will change a lot of things. The new ownership group, which includes former Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson, resulted in fans no longer feeling blue. Attendance is up, security is enhanced, and the front office is making acquisitions to keep the team competitive.

Constructed from 1959 through 1962, it is one of the few stadiums that was privately financed during construction. Its cost of $23 million seems like a relative bargain considering the cost of modern venues today.

The Dodgers have not always called Dodger Stadium home. After moving from Brooklyn and awaiting construction to complete, the team played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (1958-1961), which could seat over 80,000 fans.

The stadium is located in Chavez Ravine, which makes it one of the more unique in baseball. So many stadiums are built in a flat downtown area or on a waterfront, but this stadium was built into a hillside. It offers amazing views of the surrounding area, including the 3,400 trees across the 15 acres.

To continue with the positive direction that new ownership appears to be taking with the franchise, $100 million in renovations have recently been completed (2013). The enhancements include a wider concourse, expanded/remodeled restrooms, more concessions, a children’s play area, improved mobile phone service, and new high definition scoreboards.

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

Despite the recent renovations, the concessions at Dodger Stadium leave a lot to be desired. Anxious for a change to the Dodger Dog? Not quite. The signature item at Dodger Stadium remains the same, still at a price of $5.00. While this remains one of the single most mentioned food items in all of sports, many fans will struggle with the appeal. The Dodger Dog appears to be nothing more than your everyday inexpensive hot dog on your everyday/inexpensive white bun. What's worse is that they are kept in a warming vat, so the purchasing fan has no idea how fresh their hot dog really is. With so many great variety of encased meat these days, it is beyond me why anyone would recommend this to any other fan.

If you are going to purchase a 'dog, at least go for the all-beef Super Dodger Dog ($6.50). There is also a stand called "Loaded Dogs" that has a variety of options for $7.75. These include the Doyer Dog (chili, nacho cheese, pico de gallo, jalapenos), Kim Chi dog (served with vegetable Kim Chi), the Heater (buffalo wing sauce and blue cheese coleslaw), Frito Pie Dog (chili, cheese, and Fritos), and the Big Kid Dog (mac and cheese topped with fritos).

One of the more familiar stands is LA Taqueria. Here, fans can get the popular Camacho's nachos ($10), street style tacos ($7.50), fish tacos ($7.75), or the bacon-wrapped picante dog.

The Elysian Park stand offers the Dodger "Blue Heaven" Burger (1/3 lb burger with crumbled blue cheese, caramelized onions, tomato, a pasilla chile, & chipotle aioli on French bread for $8.75. Other options here include cheeseburger ($7.75), super Dodger dog ($6.50), and grilled cheese sandwich ($5.50).

Some other common ballpark items include nachos ($6.25), peanuts ($5.75), soft pretzel ($4.25), and churro ($4), Louisana sausage ($7), fries ($5.25), garlic fries ($7.25), helmet fries ($7.50), nacho cheese fries ($7), pizza ($9), meatball sandwich ($9).

Dodger Stadium does include an extensive dessert menu as well. They offer items such as cotton candy ($5.50), red vines ($4.50) ice cream malts ($4.50), and ice cream served in mini souvenir Dodger helmets ($5).

Coke products are available for $5.50 (large), $6.25 (extra large), or $7.25 for a souvenir cup. Bottled water is also available (small for $4 and large for $6). Lastly, coffee or hot chocolate are available for $3.25.

There is also an option to purchase tickets for the all-you-can-eat pavilion for $27-$50. This fee allows you to get a seat in the outfield and sample as much of the food as you'd like.

Draft beer prices seem to run at $6.25 (regular) and $10.25 (large) for your common domestic beers such as Bud, Coors, and Miller. Premium beer $13.25 or Mike's Hard Lemonade ($5.75) are other alternatives found throughout the stadium.

Many of the everyday cocktails, wine, and margaritas are all available for around $10.00.

Atmosphere    5

New to the stadium after the renovations are the sculptures around the park that commemorate the many great players and accomplishments in Dodger history. Walking among these sculptures can quickly remind fans that they are in hallowed halls.

Dodger Stadium is now the third oldest MLB venue and holds the highest capacity, making it one of the iconic venues in all of sports.

Once inside, fans will hear the the PA system announced "It's time for Dodger baseball," just before the players run onto the field.

Throughout the game, there are subtle promotions and entertainment, such as the good old-fashioned blooper reel.

You'll spot a celebrity here and there, but it seems that many of the fans are more concerned about the game here than they might be at other Los Angeles events. The stadium certainly gets extremely loud anytime that the Dodgers get a runner or base or are primed to make a key out. When a Dodger's player hits a homerun, the outfield pavilion strobe lights will flicker and the fans will erupt in cheers.

Neighborhood    5

The stadium is atop a hill and unfortunately sits somewhat alone. It is surrounded by some beautiful scenery in the form of Elysian Park and the San Gabriel Mountains. If hiking is one of your hobbies, you may find that to be a fun pre or post game activity.

Chinatown, Griffith Park (Hollywood sign), the Mulholland Fountain are all just minutes away and prove to be a good stop whether a tourist or a local.

The stadium is just minutes from downtown, allowing fans access to L.A. Live, Hollywood Boulevard, and the Sunset Strip.

Fans    4

Regardless of the game I attend, the fans are easily among the loudest I've witnessed anywhere. They were passionately cheering for their team during every play.

Despite having 68 luxury suites and several celebrities at the game, the Dodger fans still make this experience about baseball. All fans seem to be there to cheer on their team rather than to be seen.

Unfortunately, sometimes this support gets a bit too deep-seated and emotions run high. While I do enjoy their enthusiasm, it has given the stadium a reputation as one of the more unsafe in baseball. Security has definitely been elevated over the past two seasons, but even with the additional presence, I do urge visiting fans to proceed with caution.

Access    4

The stadium is located in Chavez Ravine, and surrounded by the rather large Elysian Park. The stadium can be easily accessed from the 5, the 110, or the 101. Of course, being just a few minutes north of downtown Los Angeles, you'll be sure to encounter hordes of traffic at all hours of the day.

If and when you do conquer the traffic to make it to "the Ravine," you'll encounter some vast parking lots (16,000 spots) that will cost you $10.00. The spots are extremely tight and the pavement looks as if it has not been resurfaced in quite some time. Tailgating is not allowed and alcohol is strictly prohibited in the parking lots.

The walk to the stadium from your parking spot could take up to 15 minutes as guards often have to stop fans at crosswalks for oncoming traffic.

Be aware of your gate number as you are approaching the stadium as you must enter the gate specific to your section. You could be sent to the opposite side of the stadium if you are not paying attention.

This wouldn't be such a big deal if the terrain was flat, but keep in mind that this is on a ravine, and you'll encounter many challenging hills and staircases on some rather steep inclines along the way.

The renovated restrooms are a welcome addition. Each of them now seems to have a unique painting at the entrance and there is significantly more capacity than in the past. Beyond just capacity, the comfort is there as well. The restroom improvement may have been the most important of the renovations to the fan experience.

Unfortunately, this is one of the few remaining stadiums that you cannot "walk." Many fans fulfilling their stadium journeys love to walk the concourses and see the field from multiple vantage points. Stadiums often have different food options in different areas and certain memorable aspects in the stadium that aren't always near your purchased seat. This is easily my biggest frustration with the stadium. Those in the upper concourse cannot access the lower levels and those in the outfield pavilion areas seem stricken from the scenic views of the upper levels. I do understand that this could be to prevent fans from gawking at any celebrities that may be attending any given game, but from preventing fans that are in attendance for baseball purposes from getting more intimate with the stadium is just plain unfair.

Lastly, I believe that the biggest miss as far as access is the lack of a Metro stop. Sure, they do offer the "Dodger Stadium Express," which is a bus you can catch at Union station. With a ticket, your fare is free. Optimally, a metro train stop would be near the stadium so that fans can easily and quickly get in and out.

Finally, the renovations have added another nice addition to the access. Across four levels of the stadium, the last few rows of seats were removed. In the place of the seats are drink rails, allowing fans to stop for a moment and enjoy the scenery or a play on the field.

Return on Investment    4

The Dodgers have implemented a tiered pricing cadence, assigning each game a rating of one through four stars. It appears that they have 27 different seating sections, creating well over 100 different single game ticket prices throughout the season. The top deck ranges from $8 on a one star game to $30 for a four star game. The most expensive seats range from $285 to $350.

The best value is definitely the top deck, where fans have the cheapest tickets and some of the best views of the surrounding areas, including the San Gabriel Mountains. Fans should also try to check out the club level as that is where all of the historical memorabilia is housed.

The pavilions in the outfield also offer some great values. Tickets here are usually around $13-$35 but can be part of an all-you-can-eat promotion for $27-$50.

Parking, ticket, and food prices do seem reasonable by MLB standards. Any fan can take in the experience for under $40.

Unfortunately, it will likely take a few visits before you can see the entire park from all of the vantage points due to the lack of access.

Extras    4

The Extras section is where Dodger Stadium has really made some strides with the recent renovations.

The most important extra remains the view of the Los Angeles skyline from behind home plate. Before or after the game, fans can walk to the highest point in the parking lot and get an unobstructed view of downtown.

Next up and new after the renovations are the retired number sculptures outside of the upper level. Fans can walk among the large numbers, colored red on the front side and blue on the rear. Atop the numbers, fans will also find information regarding the player's time with the Dodgers in much smaller text.

One level down from the number sculptures; fans will find sculptures of large baseballs. On one side fans will simply see a name, number and year inducted into the Hall of Fame. On the other, fans will see a signature, printed name, and Cy Young winning year.

On the more fun side, the stadium now has large bobbleheads both inside and outside. Taller and wider than most humans, these present great photo opportunities for all fans. Best of all, they operate just like a true bobblehead if you pull down on their cap!

The Dodgers "LA" logo has become one of the most iconic in all of sports, often recognizable worldwide. Outside of the stadium on both the first and third base side, there are now large blue LA sculptures. The Dodgers seem to staff the area surrounding these with photographers, allowing fans to get a memory of the experience.

On the upper level of both the right and left field sides, there is now a small playground area. Designed as a small baseball field with large gadgets protruding from the ground to climb on, this is likely the most important extra for the children.

There would also be several points to be awarded for The "Dodgers History" hallway. If fans get a chance to see the club level, they will find Dodger players on Sports Illustrated covers, enlarged former Dodger marketing pieces, a beautiful Dodgers Foundation exhibit, and many other mementos of the Dodger's past.

Final Thoughts

In the past, I've been rather critical of Dodger Stadium and perhaps still am to a degree today. Re-visiting this stadium this 2013 season was a lot of fun because they certainly have made large strides in regards to the experience. Rarely do I re-write a review and have substantial changes as I did this round.

Speaking of changes, I do not believe "Extra" points should be awarded for a friendly staff as it's the job of every organization, but I do have to mention the courteous staff I encountered at the game. In the parking lot, outside of the stadium, in the stairwell, and throughout the game, I received a cheery greeting from members of the staff. It did not seem forced, but rather genuine and anyone can certainly appreciate that.

While the aesthetics were not drastically different, the experience had an entirely different feel this year. In years past, I had dreaded my annual visit to the Dodger game, but this year was a very pleasing experience. If you haven't been out to the new Dodger Stadium, be sure to check it out.

Follow Drew's travels through Southern California via username @big10drew on Twitter & Instagram.

Great experience overall! What a great stadium even considering it was built in 1962! Grab a Dodger

Great experience overall! What a great stadium even considering it was built in 1962! Grab a Dodger Dog, see the stars in the stands and enjoy some of the best baseball in SoCal! Always great weather too!

by LIVEfrom718 | Jun 25, 2010 05:56 AM

Definitely have mixed feelings on this place the stadium is beautiful and the background view is bre

Definitely have mixed feelings on this place the stadium is beautiful and the background view is breathtaking. But on the otherhand Dodger Dogs way way way overated. Also I still have a personal vendetta against security there kicked me out of the game for "supposedly" throwing stuff at a Braves fan are you serious. May someday give it another chance but dont know quite yet.

by pderrick | Jul 24, 2010 10:28 AM

Compared to some of the other reviews on this site - I found this one to be more of an advertisement

Compared to some of the other reviews on this site - I found this one to be more of an advertisement for local eateries than for the ballpark. Does not give me a feel of the stadium or what a gameday experience would be for a fan.

by bullock0404 | Jul 31, 2010 01:12 PM

Good point. We\'ll be out with a more robust review of Dodger Stadium before the end of the season.

Good point. We'll be out with a more robust review of Dodger Stadium before the end of the season.

by paul | Aug 03, 2010 08:50 AM

Since the Dodgers are a famed ballclub I think a visit to Dodger Stadium is a must for every basebal

Since the Dodgers are a famed ballclub I think a visit to Dodger Stadium is a must for every baseball fan. But... the Dodgers show hardly anything on the field that reminds the fans to their Brooklyn past, except for the sign attached to the restaurant in the right field stands that commemorates the 1955 WS title (it shows the B that was on the Brooklyn cap) and the frozen drinks stand that uses the nickname of legendary catcher Roy Campanella. In the clubhouse however there are various pictures and even a big display that shows items from their Brooklyn days (the home plate of Ebbets Field and the WS bat (instead of the trophy that the WS winner gets nowadays) and an original jersey of Gil Hodges). As a Brooklyn Dodgers fan, I was glad to see that they showed something of their Brooklyn past in the clubhouse. But it would be nice if this would be shown a bit more around the playing field as well.

Because it was one of the first modern MLB ballparks, it may be considered a nice piece of architecture. But to be honest I think that the stadium itself is nothing special. I have read that LA fans take some pride in the fact that it is the third oldest ballpark in MLB. But that is not strange when they have torn down cathedrals like Yankee Stadium, Tiger Stadium and Comiskey Park.

Regarding the food. Everybody seems to love Dodgerdogs. I don't understand the hype. I didn't like them at all. I guess it is a matter of taste.

Anyhow, as a baseball crazed person I had to do the tour. And that is something that I can recommend. I enjoyed every minute of it. A must do for baseball fans.

by yankeebiscuitfan | Sep 16, 2010 10:45 AM

Dodger stadium was never known as \"Chavez Ravine Stadium.\" When the Angels played there, they cal

Dodger stadium was never known as "Chavez Ravine Stadium." When the Angels played there, they called it "Chavez Ravine" (without the word "Stadium"). But the park actually had two names during that period, because the Dodgers continued to call it "Dodger Stadium."

by dmanray | Nov 11, 2010 03:51 PM

Dodger Stadium has many layers

This just scratches the surface drew. Maybe we can meet up for a game someday to reveal some of the layers. Helps to have made a few visits in the o'Malley years and even in the fox & mcCourt era - jury still out in the Guggenheim era. Mix in a few day games, a SF series, an inter league game w NYY, BOS, ANA or similar and a Ho-hum marlins series.

by xtytan | Aug 02, 2012 12:20 AM

Dodger Stadium

You are SPOT ON with the Dodger Dog comments. I don't get it at all. I still think the Dodger Dog is THE most OVERRATED signature food in SPORTS! I love the colors of the stadium, don't like the DARK concourse and you can't see the game from the concourse. Sure more excitement at a Dodger game then a Dbacks game that's for sure. You were dead on about Dbacks fans sitting back and taking things in. Another term for that is DULL. I love my Dbacks but after going to all but ONE other park, it is one DULL experience at Chase Field.

Just found your site so I wll read up on more of your reviews. Great Job.

by Dbacker | Aug 03, 2012 02:14 PM

Visit Again

I strongly recommend you do another review for Dodger Stadium this season. With renovations and a competitive team the rating for this ballpark will be much higher.

by jerd | Feb 21, 2013 07:01 PM

Back in 2013

Our hope is to re-review every MLB park in 2013, so we should be back to give it a new assessment. I hope you'll write a crowd review as well and share your experiences...Thanks

by paul | Feb 21, 2013 08:23 PM

Back at Dodgers Stadium for 2013!

Great update and those are basically my exact sentiments as well. I refused to go to any games for '12 due to my distaste of Frank McCourt. The 'new' stadium definitely put a smile on my face coming back this year.

by Kidd | Jun 20, 2013 12:44 AM

Worst ballpark in MLB

I've been going to Dodger Stadium since 1979 (My first game, Dodgers-Astros, JR Richards made the start, Joe Ferguson dove into the right field stands..) I know there is a lot of love and nostalgia for Dodger Stadium, but it's simply the worst park in all of baseball. It's old, and it feels old. The concourses are dark and drab, and in the lower levels, only one exit on either side of the stadium means a cattle drive of people trying to get out after the game.The simple fact that you cannot change levels, (You can go UP from your ticketed level, not down) means that the "average" fan is locked into the top couple of decks. No going down to watch BP up close unless you have a high-priced field level ticket, if the food stand you want is below you, too bad. (And with only 1 elevator, and only a few tight winding staircases between the Top Deck and Lodge levels, you miss entire innings just trying to get there) The pavilions, which as an opposing fan you take your life in your own hands to sit in, are completely isolated from the rest of the stadium and each other, and offer nothing other than the basic Dodger Dog menu when it comes to food. Want some of those Camacho's nachos? Better hit the restaurant on the way home, because you'll get Dodger Dogs and like it in the outfield.

Dodger fans are notorious for showing up late and leaving early, and while some may think are really into the game, the fact that there are still more beach balls falling onto the field and more attempts at "the wave" than there are runs on most nights, tells me it's really not about the action on the field as some would make it out to be. The organ is again, a classic nostalgic piece, but like so much with the facility seems dated.

I think small things like simply changing all the seats to dark blue, would do great things to help spruce up the stadium's look.

And, the elephant in the room, the security issues at the stadium. I've been to over half the ballparks in MLB, and I've never seen that many police officers anywhere, even Yankee Stadium. While some of the fighting and other issues have diminished since the Brian Stowe incident, the simple fact that you're surrounded by a deployment of police that would rival numbers of an entire small city's department, to me, makes me more uneasy than it makes me feel safe. I was at the NLDS and the NLCS, and while LAPD won't release exact numbers, it was well over 500 officers in and around the stadium.

I'm not a Dodger fan, but it's my local park, and I actually work in tv news, so I spend a lot of time there. I have a nice relationship with Stan Kasten, who's a great guy and I think going to lead the Dodgers in the right direction, but even he's told me, "There's only so much we can do with the stadium" I think they had their chance to move downtown, there was a great piece of property right across from the Marriot/LA Live that would have made for a great downtown ballpark, but the supposed 'history' of Dodger Stadium kept anything like that from happening.

by Ken | Oct 21, 2013 03:11 PM

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Crowd Reviews

Blue Heaven on Earth

Total Score: 2.86

  • Food & Beverage: 2
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 1
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 5

Nearing its 50th birthday now, Dodger Stadium remains one of the most iconic venues in all of baseball. A simple glance towards the outfield and you'll see some of the most memorable images of all of the MLB including the palm trees by the foul poles, the Dodgers twist of the Hollywood sign, Dodger dogs, and the wavy roof on the outfield pavilion.

Constructed from 1959 through 1962, it is one of the few stadiums that was privately financed during construction. Its cost of $23 million seems like a relative bargain considering the cost of modern venues today.

The Dodgers have not always called Dodger Stadium home. After moving from Brooklyn and awaiting construction to complete, the team played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (1958-1961), which could seat over 80,000 fans.

The stadium is located in Chavez Ravine, which makes it extremely unique. So many stadiums are built in a flat downtown area or on a waterfront, but this stadium was built into a hillside. It offers amazing views of the surrounding area, including the 3,400 trees across 15 acres.

Though it's approaching 50 years of age, the stadium has somehow never changed its capacity of 56,000, currently the largest in all of baseball.

Dodger Stadium

Total Score: 3.86

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

First opened in 1962, Dodger Stadium is the shining jewel just north of Downtown Los Angeles. Amazingly, Dodger Stadium is the third oldest major league stadium, trailing only Boston's Fenway Park and Chicago's Wrigley Field.

Current owners, the McCourt family, have made numerous upgrades and refurbishments to the stadium in the five years since purchasing the team. Club seating behind the plate has been remodeled to allow for more capacity. The dugouts have been remodeled and moved closer to home plate, with more club seating behind the dugouts as well as down the foul lines. Private clubs are open to fans with these premium seats. More remodeling is scheduled for the next few off-seasons.

Oldie but Goodie

Total Score: 3.00

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 0

I wasn't sure what to expect going to Dodger Stadium. As one of baseball's oldest parks, I was expecting a strong feeling of nostalgia and old-time charm, a la Fenway Park or the old Yankee Stadium. Instead I found what felt like an oversized minor league park lacking in both. The physical park was very plain and sort of in the middle of nowhere and the crowd was extremely passive.

Redeeming quality - Dodger dogs are the best hot dogs in baseball. Maybe I just wasn't expecting much, but the folks at Dodger Stadium serve up a huge, juicy and flavorful frank that would outduel even the mighty Fenway Frank head-to-head.

Overall, I didn't have a bad Dodger Stadium experience - its easy to get to, there's plenty of parking, and its a relaxing place to catch a game. Bring your sunblock though. The bleacher seats bake in full SoCal afternoon sun.

Old Stadium, Great Experience!

Total Score: 4.14

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

I'm a Mets fan and last year we got Citi Field, which I love but Shea was a dump as was just as old as Dodger Stadium. So I'm thinking that it's going to be like Shea and I was amazed how great it was! Nothing like Shea at all and now they're doing renovations to improve an already great stadium. Can't wait to see the renovations when I'm there next!

Oh, and there's lots of stars in the stands if you sit close enough!

I love Dodger Stadium

Total Score: 2.29

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 0
  • Fans: 2
  • Access: 1
  • RoI: 2
  • Extras: 5

It's a blind love. The fans here among the worst (with Phillie fans being a little worse) and the parking is a nightmare going in and coming out. I've been here at 20 times, and I'll keep going because of my love for it. If you are a baseball enthuiast, you must go here. If you wish to visit a game as a tourist, I would say that you would probably have a better time in the OC.

A time in LA

Total Score: 2.57

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 2
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 2
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 2

The stadium is gigantic, and when the crowd got into it, it was quite loud. Of course after the home pitcher gave up two hits in a row, even though the team was winning, the crowd turned on the pitcher. It would have been exciting to see the stadium without people boycotting it because of the owners divorce affecting the team.

Progress In Blue Heaven

Total Score: 2.57

  • Food & Beverage: 2
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 1
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 3

In recent years, the Dodger Stadium experience had declined. The 50th anniversary of the stadium seemed to heading more towards a funeral rather than a celebration. Attendance was dropping, fans felt unsafe, and the product on the field was not indicative of the storied franchise.

Well, $2 billion will change a lot of things. The new ownership group, which includes former Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson, resulted in fans no longer feeling blue. Attendance is up, security is enhanced, and the front office is making acquisitions to keep the team competitive. Now in its 50th year, Dodger Stadium remains one of the most iconic venues in all of baseball.

Constructed from 1959 through 1962, it is one of the few stadiums that was privately financed during construction. Its cost of $23 million seems like a relative bargain considering the cost of modern venues today.

The Dodgers have not always called Dodger Stadium home. After moving from Brooklyn and awaiting construction to complete, the team played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (1958-1961), which could seat over 80,000 fans.

The stadium is located in Chavez Ravine, which makes it one of the more unique in baseball. So many stadiums are built in a flat downtown area or on a waterfront, but this stadium was built into a hillside. It offers amazing views of the surrounding area, including the 3,400 trees across the 15 acres.

Though it is now 50 years of age, the stadium has somehow never changed its capacity of 56,000, currently the largest in all of baseball.

Dodgers Stadium 2013

Total Score: 4.14

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

Just the right touches and a tasty renovation of a classic ballpark.

Worth a Visit

Total Score: 3.86

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

In my opinion Dodger Stadium is always worth a visit when I happen to be in LA. While the fortunes of the Dodgers have been a little up and down recently I always enjoy the experience. Some think the Dodger Dog is overrated but I’m a fan – each to their own. The fans are passionate although I find access not great. Looking forward to returning sometime soon.

Cool!

Total Score: 3.29

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 2
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 4

Its a cool stadium. Dodger dogs are good. Pretty good team

Great Place for a Ballgame

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

Had the chance to take in a game at Dodger Stadium on Sept. 11 while touring around California. Great views from all the areas we wandered around to, the crowd noise was excellent, and doing a little celebrity watching as a bonus was fun too. The parking around the facility is great in terms of capacity, but getting in and out of the parking areas was very unpleasant, so I have to take marks off for that. Overall, though, I really enjoyed the experience and would go back again without hesitation.

Dodger love!

Total Score: 4.00

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 1
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 5

I am biased since it was my first time to Dodger Stadium and I have been a fan for a long time! The worst thing was getting into and out of the stadium, it was terrible, make sure you give yourself a lot of time before and after the game... Other than that it was worth seeing a game at this classic venue!

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