Dodger Stadium (otherwise known as Chavez Ravine) has been home to the Dodgers since 1962, making it the third-oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball. Even so, it's one of the nicest ballparks in the country. While there, make sure to try a local favorite—the Doyer Dog, loaded with chili, nacho cheese, tomatoes, onions and jalapeños.
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1000 Elysian Park Ave
|Price:||Tickets $4-$130. Parking $15.|
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I might be in the minority here, but Dodger Stadium just doesn't do it for me. I feel like Angels Stadium is more welcoming, more family-friendly, and there's always a great seat in the house, whereas you can find yourself in a crappy seating situation at Dodger Stadium. And it's not just that the stadium is gritty—I love Fenway, which is as gritty as it gets—it just doesn't have as much character as I'd like it to.
Dodger Stadium only gets better with age; the third-oldest ballpark has so much charm and mid-century flair without too much of the hokey nonsense that's taken over most other MLB parks. The view of the mountains from the upper deck is beautiful, the Dodger Dogs are delicious and the addition of pre-paid parking passes have somewhat smoothed the entrance process. That said, getting into and out of Chavez Ravine is still so much more of a headache than it needs to be—even when you take Metro (past the stadium to Union Station and then to a bus... oy).
A lot of people say Dodgers Stadium needs an upgrade, but I think its age is what makes it so awesome. There's no real flair here, which keeps it all about the baseball. I don't go to a game for high-end food or a fancy waterfall in the outfield, I just want to go and watch a game and eat a hotdog, and that's exactly what you get here.