Even if you're not going to a game, you can visit Dodger Stadium, the permanent home of the Los Angeles Dodgers Major League baseball team. Opened April 10, 1962, Dodger Stadium is located in an area north of Downtown Los Angeles known as Chavez Ravine, it is the third-oldest Major League stadium in the US after Fenway Park and Wrigley Field.
There are three different Dodger Stadium Tours available. You can take an abbreviated 45-minute Pre-Game Tour on selects game days, which includes early access to Field Level seats to enjoy Dodgers batting practice. It requires both a game ticket and a tour ticket. There's an 80- to 90-minute Standard Tour offered most days at 10:00 and 11:30 am and 1 pm, except when there's an early home game. There's also a special Clubhouse Tour on weekends which includes everything on the regular tour, plus additional areas including the Bullpen and Clubhouse. Advance tickets are available online or you can buy tickets on site (cash only).
For baseball games at Dodger Stadium, the Metro offers two free Express Shuttles, one that runs direct from Union Station and one with four stops from the South Bay.
Seats on the north side of the stadium have an impressive view of Downtown LA skyscrapers. Around the stadium is Elysian Park, which is also home to the neighboring Los Angeles Police Academy.
Although maintaining the original mid-century bone structure, the stadium has undergone major renovations to bring everything from the turf to the scoreboard and concessions up to the latest technology. It's high-tech grass won it the title of "best-quality playing field" as voted by Major League ballplayers.
The Farmer John Dodger Dog is a revered part of any home Dodger game. In addition to some prime food franchises that have been added to the stadium in recent years, Dodger Stadium continues to sell over a million Dodger Dogs per season.
In addition to the Dodgers' home games, the stadium has hosted All-Star Games, Olympic Games and World Series. It is also sometimes used for concerts. KISS, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Bee Gees, Elton John, Simon and Garfunkel, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Genesis, Eric Clapton, U2, the Dave Matthews Band, and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have all played here, as well as The Three Tenors: Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.
In 1987, when Pope John Paul II visited Los Angeles, he celebrated mass at Dodger Stadium.
In 2011, Supercross motorcycle racing and monster truck events were added to the ballpark calendar. Various parts of Dodger Stadium from the field itself to the luxury suites, the Stadium club and the Dugout Club can be rented for private events.
The scoreboard message can also be yours for a price. It's on my list of Best Places to Propose in Los Angeles. The marquee asks the age-old question "Will you marry me?" on behalf of a dozen hopeful suitors each year.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers are part of the National League West Division of Major League Baseball. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958 becoming the first West Coast Major League baseball team (along with the Giants, who moved simultaneously to San Francisco). They played their first four seasons at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before Dodger Stadium was built.
The team was still the Brooklyn Dodgers when they broke the color barrier by hiring Jackie Robinson in 1947, the first African American to play in the Major League. During Robinson's 10 years with the Dodgers, they won 6 National League pennants and their first World Series in 1955.
The Dodgers won their second World Series title in the second year in Los Angeles in 1959. Since moving to LA, the Dodgers have won five World Series and nine National League Championships and 11 West Division titles.
Los Angeles has a wonderful climate for baseball, with rarely a game ever rained out. In fact the Dodgers didn't have a game rained out at Dodger Stadium until their sixth season there in 1967. That may also contribute to the loyalty of Dodgers fans who have broken records for attendance with over 3 million in attendance every season and the greatest total franchise attendance (since 1901) of any US professional sport. In 2007, they broke the franchise record for highest season attendance with 3.85 million tickets sold. As of 2012, the Dodger Stadium has welcomed over 143 million fans.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Dodgers in Los Angeles in 2008, the team played an exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox at their old home, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. They set the world record for greatest attendance at a baseball game with 115, 300 fans in the stadium.
Dodger season opens in April.
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