"Granted, Elysian Park is a..." Los Angeles Off The Beaten Path Tip by la_beba

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Granted, Elysian Park is a beautiful emerald island amidst an often dingy, smoggy city and makes a fine setting for Dodger baseball, but I really prefer stadiums that are more a part of the downtown ambiance of a city. This allows fans to shop for souvenirs, find something to eat at more reasonable prices than you?ll find at the concession stand, or relax a bit at a sports bar.
But Los Angeles is a city of wheels?car wheels. And it?s difficult to rely on public transportation in the city, and virtually impossible to walk most places. Thus, Dodger Stadium access is limited primarily to the 16,000 cars that jam the parking lots surrounding the park before every game. Engineers have constructed good entry and exit paths onto the surrounding freeways and major streets, but it?s still a lot of traffic to get through after the game. Of course, this is just more of the general concrete ambiance of Los Angeles.
It's always said how beautiful Dodger Stadium (formerly called Chavez Ravine) is and I have visited the ballpark on a few occasions..... and even though I do not ?Think Blue? like the huge sign on the hill overlooking the stadium, I will admit that the field itself and the setting (especially from the upper deck behind home plate) is very beautiful.
It's a beautiful facility and a great place to visit.... the ambiance is pleasant enough, but it doesn?t match the real baseball atmosphere that you can find in traditional baseball cities like Chicago or St. Louis, nor does it match the intensity at San Francisco?s Pac Bell Stadium. Of course this is personal since I don?t like the Dodgers.
Also, beware of the gestapo seat attendants (the ones that guard the vacant seats of the season ticket holders)!!!! ay mama mia! no te metas con esos!!!!! LOL
It's a stadium that has reasonably priced Dodger dogs, but with the beach balls and fans and those Dodgers, you might find it a silly place! hehehe Yet, a must if you're in L.A.

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  • Written Aug 26, 2002
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