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Dodger Stadium

Los Angeles, CA

Home of the Los Angeles Dodgers

4.3

3.5

Dodger Stadium (map it)
1000 Elysian Park Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012


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Year Opened: 1962

Capacity: 56,000

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Opened for service in 1962, Dodger Stadium is the third oldest yard in MLB behind only Boston’s Fenway Park and Chicago’s Wrigley Field. Dodger Stadium has outlasted 12 other yards built after it’s opening, many that have since been torn down. Now in its sixth decade of operation, Dodger Stadium has aged quite beautifully. Featuring the most active turnstiles in all of sports with attendance figures of over three million year in and year out, the Dodgers have earned recognition from Guinness for highest cumulative attendance.

4.3

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    4

Though the Dodger Dog will always be the top dog to Dodger fans in terms of their ballpark food preference, the choices have vastly improved over the years. The expansion of the outfield plazas have brought in two significant additions to Dodger Stadium's culinary options. There is Tommy's Trattoria behind the right field pavilion, where you can get a good sized slice of cheese for $6.50 or pepperoni ($7.50).

The other addition is the Think Bar B Que stand behind the left field pavilion, which serves up its signature pulled pork sandwich plate ($12) or beef brisket sandwich ($11). For only $2 more both sandwiches can be upsized to combo plates, which come with coleslaw and potato salad. You definitely will not go away disappointed or hungry.

Fountain beverages serving Coca-Cola products will range from $6 to $8. A couple of outfield bars in the outfield plaza, as well as one in the left field loge section have been added for those who want a break from the stands. Premium and draft beers, as well as mixed drinks, range from $11-14.

If you're craving Mexican comfort food, La Taqueria up in the third base reserved level side serves up a generous helping of Carne Asada Nachos that come in a Dodger Helmet for $16, enough to serve two. Carne Asada Fries ($9) and Carne Asada Street Style Tacos ($8) are also available.

Across the way from La Taqueria is the Elysian Park Grill, serving up the Elysian Park Double Cheeseburger with fries ($12) as well as the Elysian Park Cheeseburger with fries ($10). For those wanting a healthier option, the Elysian Park Grill serves up Turkey Burgers as well ($8).

Of course I can't forget the signature Dodger Dog, right ? Those 12 inch franks that hang outside of each end of the bun go for ($5.50), though a Super Dog is only a buck more ($6.50) and is much beefier. The Extreme Loaded Dog, located behind the home plate on the reserve level as well as down the left field side on the loge level, serves up various options, from the Big Kid Dog, Frito Pie Dog, and Doyer Dog ($9) to L.A's Extreme Bacon Wrapped dog ($10.50). The Loaded Dog stand also serves up homestand specials based on certain opponents. One of my favorites is The Philly Dog, a Super Dodger Dog topped off with thinly sliced ribeye, cheese whiz and sautéed onions.

Atmosphere    5

Dodger Stadium, in its 54th season in 2015, is hardly ever referred to as a classic ballpark unlike its two predecessors, Wrigley Field and Fenway Park. It is neither classic nor retro, putting it in a category of its own. Dodger games, given the team's status in L.A., can have that Hollywood vibe as celebrities often make their way to Dodger Stadium. Though Dodger games tend to attract an occasional stargazer, the celebrities who do show up along with the 40,000-50,000 plus fans have a deep interest in the on-field action.

Dodger Blue runs very deep here and the fans are not shy when it comes to showing their passion. Dodger fans are an enthusiastic bunch and crowds here are a somewhat if not an entirely different breed than those down the road at the Staples Center during Lakers games.

Neighborhood    4

Dodger Stadium's location atop the Elysian Park hills gives fans lovely views of various points of our city, from the San Gabriel Mountains beyond the outfield, to the downtown skyline, all the way to the sun setting west toward the ocean. If recreation is your thing, there are several nice walking trails outside of Dodger Stadium where you can get lost and forget that you are actually in a major city.

If you're looking for some pre or postgame entertainment or dining options, the surrounding area will not really offer much. The Shortstop, a local dive bar is a favorite among Dodger fans. Also nearby in downtown is L.A. Live, across the street from the Staples Center, offering some late night options.

If you feel the need to work off all those Dodger Dogs you may have consumed, Lucky Strike, with its 18 state-of-the-art lanes, is open late. However, they do have a strict dress code after 8pm, which also prevents you entering while wearing any team jerseys.

Old Town Pasadena, a 15 to 20 minute drive north of Dodger Stadium barring traffic, is also another favorite pre/post game destination for Dodger fans offering a vast variety of entertainment and dining options. If you plan to head north to old-town after an evening game via public transit, your best bet would be to do this on a Friday or Saturday, when the Metro Gold Lineruns until 2AM. The Gold Line can be accessed at Union Station via the Dodger Stadium shuttle.

Fans    4

Year in and year out, the Dodgers boast the most active turnstiles in all major sports, drawing over three million fans 28 times, averaging over 40,000 plus fans per game. Change in ownership, some recent stadium enhancements as well as a team that is once again in the thick of the pennant race have more than helped bring the blue and white clad fans to The Ravine. Though the family atmosphere has returned to Dodger Stadium, Dodgers fans are still a loud and passionate bunch, thus the passion can run very high especially when rival teams such as the Giants or Angels are in town.

Access    4

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 as public transit continues to improve, 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. Another transportation option is the Dodger Stadium shuttle, which runs from Union Station in downtown, as well as the South Bay, for those coming from south of downtown. Shuttles from both locations run every 15 minutes beginning 90 minutes to two hours before game time. Union Station can also easily be reached by light rail via the MTA through both the Red and Purple 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. However, 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. Even with the improved public transit options in Los Angeles, if it is your first time here and you want to catch a little of everything, you will probably want to rent a car, as well as carry a lot of patience, given the city's sprawling size and notorious traffic.

Once inside the hallowed halls of Chavez Ravine, fans, particularly those in the pavilions, field and loge levels, now have the opportunity to walk around the concourse throughout the stadium. Limited fan access is one of the biggest complaints from all baseball fans and much emphasis was put into that following the 2014 season. Fans in these sections now can stroll throughout the yard and not only see the different vantage points, but also take in all the added extras that we're put in during recent renovations.

In the outfield plaza are some added food options, exhibits for all ages reflecting the team's history, a bullpen lookout located above the pitcher's mound to see Dodger pitchers as they warm up, or heckle the visiting pitchers (in a good-natured way). Of course I won't forget to mention how much wider the outfield plaza is. Those are just a few of the major improvements Dodger Stadium has to offer. Also, should you decide to stroll the yard, there are various areas that offer drink tables, some with stools. Now if only they can find a way for people up in the reserve and top deck to access the lower levels as well.

Return on Investment    4

Though the Dodgers draw crowds of over 40,000 on a regular basis, tickets are still available for any given game thanks to Dodger Stadium's capacity of 56,000, the largest in Major League Baseball. Ticket prices range from $18 to $150 depending on where you choose to sit. However, tickets for most games can be bought for below face value on resale sites. The recent renovations have made Dodger Stadium more pedestrian friendly, allowing fans easier access to experience the stadium throughout various locations. However, you may still want to purchase tickets in either the pavilions, field or loge levels as fans in the reserve and top deck are still restricted from moving down to the lower levels.

Extras    5

The extras 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! Even those in the "nosebleeds" get provided with a unique experience.

There are also two baseball themed playgrounds for those little ones who may get a little restless. Life sized bobble heads and other exhibits throughout the stadium, including retired numbers outside the top deck entrance, are proudly displayed for the fans' entertainment. The recent improvements and additions have put Dodger Stadium on par with the modern day ballpark experience.

Should you happen to arrive early and find yourself strolling around the outfield plaza behind the left field Dodger bullpen, a different Dodger alumnus is out there for photo opportunities and autographs each game. If you're fortunate, you may even get in a short conversation, as I did here with Billy Ashley.

Final Thoughts

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. With the recent improvements and additions, 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 the similar to the day it opened on April 10, 1962.

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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.

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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.

The New Blue

Total Score: 4.14

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

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.

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!

A Whole New Blue

Total Score: 4.29

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

Just three years ago, fans were staying away in large numbers. With then owner Frank McCourt not willing to spend on quality players all the way to the beating of San Francisco Giants fan Brian Stow in the parking lot, even the most loyal of the Dodger Blue fans stayed away. The constant sight of numerous LAPD officers throughout the stadium and in the parking lot did not exactly enhance the game-day experience. Fans no longer felt safe coming to the games, and for the first time since 1992 in a non-strike season, the Dodgers failed to reach the three million mark in attendance.

Then in 2012, the once proud franchise found itself a new ownership group under the leadership of Guggenheim Baseball Management, which includes former Laker star Magic Johnson. With the ownership change, over $150 million was spent on recent renovations to Dodger Stadium, including wider concourses, additional food options, children’s play areas, remodeled restrooms, historical team displays, Wi-Fi throughout the stadium, a must in every major sports venue today if you ask me, and new high definition video boards.

With all that has been done to improve the fan experience, including the willingness by current ownership to spend on high-priced talent, the Dodger fans have responded by coming back in the large numbers that the Dodgers have all but set the standard for, being the first ever organization to draw over three million fans in a season. To date, the Dodgers have crossed the three million attendance mark an unprecedented 26 times.

Surprisingly Underrated

Total Score: 4.43

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

With the new ballparks having that "retro" modern feel with the brick exteriors and the unique quriky dimensions with unique features, Dodger Stadium has now stood out as being very unique. While most ballpark fans I have talked to think this stadium is overrated, I think the ballpark and the atmosphere is top notch and is a must for any baseball fan. While it might not look anything wowing on TV, it is a great place to be at in person.

FOOD & BEVERAGE: They have a lot of options, but most of it on lower level. The other levels are pretty much normal with the standard fare, but of course the famous hot dog in all of baseball is the Dodger Dog. I've heard it is overrated but I think it tasted just fine. Getting it grilled is the best way.

ATMOSPHERE: You get baseball at this park. You don't have the extracurricular stuff such as playgrounds, rallies outside on plazas, etc. like other parks. You are there to watch the game and cheer on the Dodgers. You are in a multi-decked park so it might have a tad bit of a cookie-cutter feel pending on where you are, but you know you are at a Dodgers game with all the history all over the place.

NEIGHBORHOOD: You have Elysian Park, by there, which is a nice lovely park. But in regards to anything else like bars and restaurants, it will be a nice drive.

FANS: I am not a Dodgers fan, but the fans I saw that were there somewhat debunked the myth that Dodger fans get there late and leave early. Most were there well before game time and not many left early. They were into the game and they were very friendly. And obviously the tradition of hitting beach balls is here in LA, as I saw numerous colorful spheres being hit all over the place from the bleachers to even behind home plate.

ACCESS: You can't really miss this place. You get in through a few areas, pending on where you park. If you go through the Elysian Park way, be careful as leaving the park is a hectic exit. But overall, not bad.

ROI: It depends on what your tastes are. If you are one of simple tastes, Dodger Stadium foods like the Dodger Dog ($5) are not too bad for a MLB Park. Even the souvenirs are reasonable. But if you want a ticket, use a secondary website such as Stubhub. Most of the prices for tickets on those sites are over half the face value.

EXTRAS: I haven't been to Boston yet but the only other ballpark where the history is everywhere has been old Yankee Stadium. The place is filled with history and tradition for the Dodgers and of course, you can't forget Vin Scully. This ballpark screams LA in all its glory. And for some reason I like the distinctive structure of the bleachers in the outfield.

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