Stadium Opened: 1962
Dimensions: LF- 330 ft. CF- 395 ft. RF- 330 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass
Former Names of Ballpark: None
Parking: Large parking lots surround the stadium- $15. If you buy parking in advance online, it is $10. Tailgating is NOT permitted in the parking lots. Before you go into the stadium, take a walk around the outside of the stadium. There are a lot of team shops, murals, etc. to look at. Also, depending on which level you have tickets for, you will need to enter at a specific gate.
Stadium Club Entrance
Concessions: The appearance of concession stands on field level is remarkably better than on the other levels. The concession stands have a classy look to them on the field level concourse. A Dodger Dog was $5 in 2008 and a bottle of water was $5.75. Other food items include: Carls Jr., California Pizza Kitchen, Ruby's Diner, Wetzel's Pretzels, Chinese food, Philly cheese steak, etc.
Concession Stand on Field Level
Atmosphere: Dodger Stadium has an atmosphere similar to Yankee Stadium. The fans are dedicated and are into the game from the 1st pitch to the final out. I thought it was a nice place to watch a game, but of course the beautiful weather may have had something to do with that.
No Freedom: Beware that the Dodgers require fans to remaing on the level in which their seats are located. This is the reason, I don't have pictures from the upper deck or from any other level in the park. For the game I went to, I had field level seats and that is where I had to remain. The only explanation for this strict security could be that since we are close to Hollywood, they are trying to protect celebrities who might be sitting on field level. I can understand not wanting upper deck ticket holders to be roaming around field level, but I think the reverse is fine. I just wanted to take pictures from the upper deck but was not permitted to go up there.
Other Seating Tid-Bits: In 2005, all the seats were replaced. On the field level, fans can view the field from the concession stands. Box seats along the first and third base lines have more leg room and a table. They have seating for four fans. Right Field All-You-Can-Eat Pavillion. The Upper Deck is VERY high! Seems higher than many upper decks.
The Many Levels of Dodger Stadium
Field Level Seats
Scoreboards/Video Boards: There is a video board in left field and a scoreboard in right field. The right field scoreboard has a unique shape to it. According to the Dodgers' website, these boards were upgraded in 2014. I have not been back to Dodger Stadium since 2008 to get photos of them.
Left Field Video Board
Right Field Scoreboard
Modern yet classic: Despite the fact that Dodger Stadium is one of the older MLB parks, it has been updated enough that it feels modern, but classic all at the same time. Simple "Bells & Whistles" have been added to the park without the Dodgers going overboard. The Ribbon board on the facade of the Loge level is a nice touch. The wavy roof atop the bleachers has strobe lights (added in 1999) that flash when the Dodgers take the field, hit a homerun, or win a game.
Review is based on my visits on 8/12/08.
Overall Rating: 8.5
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