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Milw
07-04-2013, 12:14 AM
I'm planning a trip to Dodger Stadium in a few weeks. Anyone offer a suggestion on best place to sit, in terms of best value and being able to get the whole Chavez Ravine experience?

LITTLE NELL
07-04-2013, 06:29 AM
Went to a game there a few years ago, there is not a bad seat in the place except maybe in the 4th deck which might be a bit too high and steep. All depends on how much you want to pay. The setting of the park is beautiful as its set in Chavez Ravine. The main sections of the grandstand are built into part of the mountain of the ravine and when you are in the parking lot right behind home plate you are actually on level with the 4th deck. The parking lot has levels and decline on either way from home plate so if you are sitting in the 3rd level you would park in the corresponding level. same with level 2 and level 1 which is on ground level. There is also parking on ground level behind the outfield stands.

This photo shows the levels of the parking lots. We parked in the level 3 parking lot between home plate and 3rd base as our seats were in the first row of the 3rd deck just to the left of home plate.
One other thing, Dodger Stadium opened its doors 51 years ago and has been so well maintained that it looks like it was built last year.
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-apV3ps8z_NQ/T803bihj17I/AAAAAAAAKGM/r_5FCan_Bec/s1600/dodgerstadium.jpg (http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&docid=YD-4-eSBN1YKEM&tbnid=JHNfHS4S35qL5M:&ved=0CAgQjRwwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fblog.parkme.com%2F2013%2F04%2F05% 2Fdodger-stadium-parking%2F&ei=NVzVUebtN6Hr0gHj_oHgBQ&psig=AFQjCNGHzrAtrw2mIQ5N6uoFHrIzLN-c2w&ust=1373023669953945)

WLL1855
07-04-2013, 07:37 AM
According to my friend who lives out there, if you want the true Dodger experience you should arrive at the game about the third inning and leave by the end of the seventh.

SI1020
07-04-2013, 08:41 AM
According to my friend who lives out there, if you want the true Dodger experience you should arrive at the game about the third inning and leave by the end of the seventh. I found that to be more myth than anything. Traffic in LA is legendary but most people seem to arrive on time and stay for the whole game. That was my experience anyway.

LITTLE NELL
07-04-2013, 08:57 AM
I found that to be more myth than anything. Traffic in LA in legendary but most people seem to arrive on time and stay for the whole game. That was my experience anyway.

When I was there people did come late but it was an 11 inning game and most stayed to the end. (Andre Ethier had a walk off HR)

Railsplitter
07-05-2013, 09:08 PM
According to my friend who lives out there, if you want the true Dodger experience you should arrive at the game about the third inning and leave by the end of the seventh.

I found that to be more myth than anything. Traffic in LA is legendary but most people seem to arrive on time and stay for the whole game. That was my experience anyway.

The brake lights seen coming on during the flight of Kirk Gibson's 1988 World Series homer don't help Dodgers fans' image, though.

eriqjaffe
07-08-2013, 02:56 PM
One time I went to a July 4 game at Dodger Stadium, the place was sold out (or nearly so) and had post-game fireworks. Very few people left early, and it took us close to 3 hours to get out of the parking lot. I can certainly understand the temptation to leave Chavez Ravine early.

AZChiSoxFan
07-24-2013, 12:22 PM
hmmm....I can't attach a link and get it to work. Go to the Dodgers website, then click on "Dodger Stadium". From there, scroll down a bit and click on a link labeled "Parking and Directions". Finally, go to a section labeled "Directions & Maps." This will show you a map of the different gates and ways to enter the stadium. I've been there numerous times and have found that the best (quickest) way to enter is to use the Downtown gate. Avoid the Golden State gate at all costs, unless you're a fan of taking 2-3 hours to get out of the parking lot.

I agree with Little Nell. There's not a bad seat in the place. Heck, I've even sat in the top deck before and that's not all that bad. Dodger Stadium is one of my favorites. Love that place.

eriqjaffe
07-24-2013, 02:51 PM
I've been there numerous times and have found that the best (quickest) way to enter is to use the Downtown gate. Avoid the Golden State gate at all costs, unless you're a fan of taking 2-3 hours to get out of the parking lot.This.

I've had good luck with the Academy Gate, as well.

Standing Ovation
07-25-2013, 09:04 AM
On a culinary note, the Dodger Dog is the most overrated item I've ever eaten. I even tried a 2nd one (stupid me), thinking I had a bad first one. Same thing. Garbage.