The home of the Los Angeles Dodgers. A baseball stadium located in downtown Los Angeles.

Unlike modern ballparks (like Safeco Park in Seattle), there are plenty of atrocious seats in Dodger Stadium. The cheap seats way up at the end of the base lines are so high, you can get altitude sickness.

Although parking is plentiful, all the traffic must negotiate a few narrow exits and entrances. That's why most LA fans leave during the 7th inning. I missed the end of Ramon Martinez's historic 18 strikeout game because of this.

Site of the greatest moment in baseball history that I've ever witnessed (although it was on television) - Kirk Gibson's homerun off of Oakland A's reliever Dennis Eckersley.

The men's restrooms are horrible. It's bad enough when there are no dividers between the stalls. But here, you pee into a long trough.

Dodger Stadium (Home of the Dodger Dog and also known as Chavez Ravine.) was completed in 1962 for the Los Angeles Dodgers and opened to the public on April 10th of that year with Cinncinati vs. Los Angeles. It is located in Chavez Ravine a former part of Elysian Park that was home to poor Mexicans and Whites. It was traded for an equal amount of land which was absorbed into the modern day Elysian Park.

The stadium is one of only 3 in the National League to be built only for baseball (The other 2 being Coors Field and Wrigley Field.). Dodger Stadium was also the home of the California Angels from April 17th, 1962 to September 22nd, 1965 when their stadium, the "Big A" in Anaheim was completed.

Although it does have sufficent parking, sometimes people park on streets nearby in order to avoid the badly designed exits and entrances.


Statistics/Trivia

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  • Seating Capacity: 56,000
  • Parking Capacity: 16,000 cars
  • Left Field: 330 ft.
  • Center Field: 395 ft.
  • Right Field: 330 ft.
  • Grass: Santa Ana Bermuda
  • Architect: Captain Emil Praeger

  • Cleanest ballpark in the league.
  • Designed to be expandable with up to 85,000 seats


Dodger Stadium

1000 Elysian Park Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033


Sources

http://www.losangelesalmanac.com/topics/Sports/sp09.htm
http://www.ballparks.com/baseball/national/dodger.htm

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