Dodger Stadium Upgrades
The owners of the Dodgers are pulling out all of the stops to bring the Dodgers back to the elite team they used to be not only with the players on the team, but the upgrades they continue to make to Dodger Stadium.
For the 2014 season, the outfield area really has some cool updates and the one that really stands out to me is the Tommy LaSorda Italian Trattoria. It's going to be located in the right field area. Tommy says it's going to have great food if they're going to put his name on it. It's a place where Tommy and other former players will be able to hang out and talk with fans.
This is all included in two new outfield plaza areas that are extremely wide for plenty of room for fans to move around and new pro shops have been added to both right and left field plazas.
When you enter the left field area a new sign has been added with the words you'll recognize hearing every time you tune into a Dodgers game on TV. "It's Time For Dodger Baseball", the signature saying of the Dodgers Hall of Fame iconic broadcaster Vin Scully. Also located in left field is a new BBQ restaurant called Think Blue BBQ. So no matter what part of the outfield you might get seats, you're going to be close to great food choices.
For more than fifty years the Dodgers corporate sponsors have been 76 gasoline and Farmer John's. To commemorate this partnership there will be a life-size statue of the Farmer John's Dodger Dog and the orange 76 ball.
Staircases have been added to the ends of the grandstands on the loge and club levels, so for the first time fans will be able to walk between the grandstand and the outfield. It's all about the fan experience and the owners are doing a lot to make fans want to come out to see a game and bring the kids along. Along these new walkways you'll find face-painters, tables where you can have faux tattoos put on (maybe one that says I bleed Dodger Blue!), music, autographs from former players, live TV pregame broadcasts and much more throughout the season.
New lounge areas with drink rails overlooking the bullpen areas have been added, so you can watch the pitchers warm-up before and during the game.
When you look at all of the upgrades to the stadium and the fact that the ownership is not afraid to spend money to get the talent, in fact the Dodgers have overtaken the Yankees with a payroll that tops $234 million in 2014, you've got to be proud to be a Dodger fan!
Directions To Dodger Stadium
FROM THE 101 FREEWAY (NORTHBOUND)
Take the Grand Avenue Exit and turn right. Turn right on Temple Street, then turn right on Figueroa Street. Turn Left onto Sunset Boulevard, then turn right on Elysian Park Avenue. Enter the SUNSET GATE.
FROM THE 101 FREEWAY
Take the Alvarado Street exit and turn left on Alvarado
Turn right on Sunset Boulevard. Turn left
onto Elysian Park Avenue. Enter the SUNSET GATE
FROM THE 5 FREEWAY
Take the Stadium Way Exit and turn left on Riverside Drive. Turn left on Stadium Way, the turn left on Academy Drive.Enter the GOLDEN STATE GATE.
FROM THE 110 FREEWAY
NORTHBOUND or SOUTHBOUND
Take the Dodger Stadium Exit and continue straight and enter the DOWNTOWN GATE.
FROM THE 10 FREEWAY
Take the 10 Freeway Westbound and merge on the 5 Freeway North. Take the Stadium Way Exit and turn left on Riverside Drive. Turn Left on Stadium Way, then left onto Academy Drive. Enter the GOLDEN STATE GATE.
FROM THE 10 FREEWAY
Take the 10 Freeway Eastbound (toward Los Angeles) and merge on the 110 Freeway North (toward Pasadena). Take the Dodger Stadium Exit and continue straight. Enter the DOWNTOWN GATE.
Dodger Stadium Express
You can ride the Dodger Stadium Express bus from Union Station to the stadium. If you have a ticket the fare is FREE. If you don't have a ticket the fare is $1.50. The buses leave every 10 minutes from the east portal of Union Station starting 90 minutes before the game and to up to 45 minutes after the game is over.
Dodger Stadium is one of the older ballparks in major league baseball that opened in 1962, but it still feels very new. Just like Wrigley Field, if you get tickets in the outfield you can't walk around to the other parts of the stadium.
If you're not familiar with the ballpark, it's not the easiest place to figure out where you need to go to get in. When we went there were multiple sets of stairs to climb to get to the level we needed to be on. The photo above was the first set of stairs that lead to the reserved level seats. There were long lines of fans waiting to get in the gates that we didn't realize we had to walk further to get to another set of stairs that took us up to Top Deck.
It's a great ballpark to watch a game from and the views we had from the Top Deck were great. One thing I like about sitting in those seats, the vendors don't get in your way to watch the game as much as they do on the reserved and lower levels.
Dodger Stadium has gone through a number of upgrades recently, actually $100 million in upgrades after the 2012 season. Part of those upgrades were in adding displays of the past Dodger greats. Probably the best known former Dodger was #42 Jackie Robinson. Movies have been made about his life and his jersey number has been retired by MLB so that no other player will ever be able to wear that number again. The only exception to that rule was Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees who was already wearing that number when it was retired by major league baseball.
Other displays include Walter Alston (24), Tommy LaSorda (2), Don Drysdale (53), Sandy Koufax (32)
Other upgrades include a new wi-fi system, HD outfield video boards, more concession stands and bathroom upgrades and kids play areas.
Unless you take a stadium tour you might not notice other upgrades that include a new Dodger clubhouse, weight room and batting cages for the visiting team.
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Soft-sided coolers that are no bigger than 16x16x8 can be brought in the stadium. You can't bring in hard-sided coolers though. Beginning in 2013 there aren't any drinks allowed, but water. In the past soft drinks have been allowed in, but starting with the 2013 season that's not the case.
They do allow food to be brought in the stadium, but it can't be in bottles, cans, coolers or in a thermos.
Gates to the stadium on the Field, Loge and Left Pavilion open two hours before the game. All of the other entrances open an hour and a half before the game.
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Around the Stadium
Four entrances you're allowed to enter thirty minutes before regular gates open so you can watch batting practice. You can come in either of these gates:
- Left Field
- Left Pavilion
- Left Loge
- Club Level
Kids can get to see the players up-close and walk along the warning track of the outfield starting two-hours before the game. When the visiting team finishes batting practice, this up-close look ends.
Go to aisle 27 to head down to the warning track!
The Top Deck Pro Shop is behind home plate on the top level of Dodger Stadium.
No games scheduled
When no games are scheduled: Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Game day hours
Day Game-Open at 11:10
a.m. through half hour after the game
Night Game-Open at 10am to 3pm and the again at 5:40pm
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Farmer John's Dodger Dogs
Flat Stanley whose a world traveler couldn't resist a Dodger Dog. It's one of those foods you just HAVE TO try when you go to Dodger Stadium. In fact, one probably won't be enough. Just sayin'.
Cheering on the home team
Flat Stanley is a HUGE Dogers fan! Its been awhile since he's had a lot to cheer about, but with the new ownership and changes being made at Dodger Stadium, brighter days might be just around the corner for Flat Stanley and the Dodgers.
Farmer John Dodger Dogs
Farmer John Dodger Dog's are a fan favorite and can be found on every level of the stadium in many locations.
Farmer John Dodger Dogs - Section 8, 9, 10, 22, 23, 40, 41, 45, 46, 47, 48
Farmer John Dodger Dogs - Section 108, 109, 131, 136, 137, 139, 140, 158, 159, 166, 167
Farmer John Dodger Dogs - Section 235
Farmer John Dodger Dogs - Section 6, 7, 8, 12, 23, 24, 34, 37, 38, 39, 40, 44, 47, 51
Farmer John Dodger Dogs - Section 5, 6
Left Field Pavilion
Farmer John Dodger Dogs - Section 307, 309
Rained out games are an extremely rare occurrance at Dodger Stadium and hold a major league record for consecutive games without a rain out. In fact, 1967 and 1976 there was only one game each of those years that a game was rained out. Since then, there were three games in a row that were rained out (April 19-21).
Brand New 1080p HD Screens Open The 2013 Season
Tours are given Monday through Friday on non-game days at two times, 10:00am and 11:30am. Private tours can be arranged for groups of 20 or more. Please contact (323) 224-1507 for more information about group or private tours.
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