It’s not as old as Fenway Park or Wrigley Field, but there’s something magical about Dodger Stadium and its place in Major League Baseball. Maybe it’s its place near downtown Los Angeles with the trees and mountains in the background behind center field. There’s been some pretty good baseball played in Dodgers Stadium over the years and now the fun times are back at Chavez Ravine. These days the Dodgers are competition for the World Series title every year and carry the highest payroll in baseball by a wide margin.
Dodger Stadium is ready for your arrival.
Tickets & Seating Areas
Whether it’ the Los Angeles mentality or the fact that Dodger Stadium is the largest ballpark in the country, you’ll have no problem finding tickets. On the primary ticketing side, you can buy tickets through the Dodgers either online, via phone, or at the Dodger Stadium box office. There’s also plenty of inventory and options for the secondary market. Obviously you have the well-known Stubhub or a ticket aggregator (think Kayak for sports tickets) like SeatGeek and TiqIQ. You’ll likely find cheaper pricing there for off-peak days and opponents than what you could buy on the primary market.
The Dodgers actually have very reasonably priced tickets compared to the rest of the league if you consider their market. They’re right around the league average, so it’s an affordable experience to enjoy. The Dodgers variably price their tickets, which means there are four different prices for each ticket depending on who the opponent is. The cheapest ticket in the stadium varies from $11-30 over the course of the season.
The best seats in the place are on the Loge level. They’re lower than most other second levels and you still have a good view of the ball game. They’re reasonably priced, starting at $25 for seats somewhere down each foul line against the worst opponents. The Dodgers also offer all-you-can-eat seats in their right field pavilion. They’re as cheap as $32 for the worst opponents and go up to $50 for the good ones. They’re not worth it, however, because the only food options are Dodger dogs (we’ll get to those later), nachos, popcorn, and peanuts.
You can also enjoy all the Coke products and water you can drink. In reality it’s not the greatest value proposition because how many of those dogs and nacho trays do you actually want to enjoy? You’re better off getting better seats and enjoying food elsewhere at the park or even outside the stadium.
Since this is Los Angeles, you’ll most likely drive to the game. There are three gates you can enter from, so it doesn’t matter too much what part of town you’re coming from. Be prepared to deal with traffic if it’s a night game because of all the traffic in the area. Give yourself over an hour to make it to the game regardless of where you’re coming from. Obviously you’ll want to park as close to the exit as possible so you can get out in reasonable time, but sometimes the parking lot as a mind of its own.
There’s also the Dodger Stadium Express bus service which is free to ticketholders. The service starts at two different locations: Union Station and Harbor Gateway Transit Center. It’ll cost you $1.75 from Union Station and $2.25 from Harbor Gateway if you’re buying tickets at the game and don’t have them on you. Those traveling on train can get to Union Station via the Gold Line Metro and then get on the Dodger Stadium Express. As another public transportation option, you can take the #2 or #4 bus lines, which drops you off at Sunset ¼ mile walk away from Gate A.
Move on to page two for more information about attending a Dodgers game.
Pregame & Postgame Fun
Dodger Stadium is a little tough for enjoying yourself before or after a game because of a couple things. For starters you’re not allowed to tailgate in the parking lot. It’s also not exactly walking distance from any bars and restaurants because there’s just the stadium and the parking lot and nothing else around. You have a few options in the general area if you’re up for doing something before parking in the lot. Phillipe’s, debated as the home of the original French Dip, is just south of the ballpark.
(Cole’s, the other debated originator of the French Dip isn’t too far away either.) A little further south you’ll find Pizzanista!, home of some satisfying thin-crust pies, but you’re going for the Sicilian variety. Al & Bea’s Mexican food, home of one of LA’s best burrito’s is south of the stadium just over the river. Guisados is a closer Mexican option with a variety of tacos.
Those needing a drink can head to the Short Stop to drink with other Dodgers’ fans or choose between Sunset Beer or Mohawk Bend for fancy beer. Those looking for nice city views should go downtown to Perch, which is under a 10-minute drive from the ballpark.
At the Game
The food at Dodger Stadium has been revamped in recent seasons, but it's nothing to write home about. The locals crow about their beloved Dodger dogs with some specifying the need for the grilled option over the boiled option. They're standard for what you'd expect from a ballpark hot dog, but they're not in the same league as a Fenway Frank. There are plenty of ways to get your Dodger dog as well. You can get it fried, wrapped in bacon, or covered in a Frito pie among other things. Think Blue BBQ in the left field pavilion offers brisket and pulled pork sandwiches, sausages, and Mexican street corn known as Elote.
The brisket is better than the pulled pork and both hot sausages and the Elote has a lot of fans. The lines start early on, so grab your food before they start or when they disappear in the middle innings.
Tommy Trattoria in the right field pavilion offers all the Italian food you'd expect legendary Tommy Lasorda eats at home. Meatballs are a plenty on the menu in the variety of the popular sub, a cone, and fries. I'll save eating penne for a true Italian restaurant. The pizza at least isn't bad for something you see at a ballpark. LA Taqueria offers Mexican food, but you're better off sampling it outside the ballpark because you are in Los Angeles after all. A better offering is the sandwiches at Dodgertown Deli on the field level.
It's hard saying no to a hot beef deep even if you're not at Cole's downtown. The pastrami sandwiches aren't a bad option either.
For dessert you'll want to return to Tommy's Trattoria for the cannoli. It's a worthwhile way to end your day of eating. There's also the cool-a-coo, which is an ice cream sandwich on oatmeal cookies that is dipped in chocolate. In the beer game, Campy's Corner over by Field section #4 has a few nice craft beer options. You’ll also be able to find the fancy stuff by Loge #165/166 and in the Top Deck at section #4. There are options from local favorites Golden Road and Eagle Rock Brewery. Just make sure you catch some peanuts from fan favorite Roger the peanut man.
Where to Stay
You shouldn’t have too hard of a time finding a room if you’re coming in from out of town. Hotel rooms in Los Angeles can be expensive, however, so don't expect to catch a break on pricing. There are plenty of hotels downtown, which is a quick drive to the ballpark. You might prefer to stay by the beach, but make sure to factor in the commute time to the game with your decision making. Wherever you stay, you can use Kayak or Hipmunkagain to help with your hotels. Alternatively you can look into renting an apartment via AirBNB, VRBO, or HomeAway.
LA is somewhat of a transient place and there are plenty of places around time, so you might be able to find a good deal.