If you’re visiting Los Angeles from out of town, you better block at least a few days off your calendar, because the city has countless sites to see! Whether you’re interested in checking out the beach, seeing the Hollywood Walk of Fame, catching a show at the Hollywood Bowl, or visiting Dodger Stadium, you’re guaranteed to have a great time in the “City of Angels.” And if you’re traveling to the ballpark with a group, you may want to consider a 12-15 passenger van rental to see the city with total freedom.
Why Visit Dodger Stadium?
Dodger Stadium is hands down one of the best landmarks the city has to offer. Even if you don’t consider yourself much of a baseball fan, this historic ballpark is sure to pique your interest. It’s the third-oldest continually used stadium in Major League Baseball and it’s located in the scenic hillside of Chavez Ravine, allowing you to enjoy stunning views all the way from downtown LA to the south and the San Gabriel Mountains to the north.
As soon as you step into Dodger Stadium, you’re surrounded by some of the greatest moments in history. It was the site of baseball legend Sandy Koufax’s perfect game in 1965, the location of the 1984 Olympic Games baseball competition, and host to a mass conducted by Pope John Paul II. In total, the stadium has seen more than 147 fans walk through its turnstiles since its 1962 opening. In fact, it reached the monumental 3.85-million mark back in 2007, setting an all-time franchise record.
Whether you’re coming to the game to cheer on the home team or the visiting opponent, you’re sure to enjoy a fun-filled time at the ballpark. If you’re taking in a daytime game, be sure to pack your sunscreen, as the bright Los Angeles sunshine can get pretty intense. You don’t want to go home with a painful sunburn!
5 Savvy Ways to Get to Dodger Stadium
Now that you’ve decided to go to Dodger Stadium, it’s time to figure out how to get there. Choose from a wide variety of options, including everything from public transit to a 12-15 passenger van rental. The top five ways to make your way to the ballpark include:
Take Uber/Lyft: Eliminate the stress from your drive to Dodger Stadium by using a ridesharing service like Uber or Lyft. Sit back and enjoy navigating through the sunny stress of Los Angeles, while someone else does the work! If you’re traveling alone or with no more than three other people, this can be a great option. You won’t have to worry about finding parking or making the long trek into the stadium from your parking spot, and you can partake in all of the adult beverages that you please. Dodger Stadium encourages fans to travel to the game using one of these services. Cars are allowed to enter the stadium at Sunset Gate A and the designated drop-off and pickup spot is Lot 12.
Catch a Ride on the Dodger Stadium Express: Hop on the Metro at downtown’s Union Station or South Bay for a free ride to Dodger stadium (as long as you have a ticket for the game). If you’re not staying within walking distance of Union Station and you don’t have a car, you can take one of the Metro or municipal bus lines, the Metro Rail’s Red, Purple and Gold lines, the Metrolink or the Amtrak to get there. Plus, the Harbor Gateway Transit Center in the South Bay connects with many Metro bus lines, the Metro Silver Line and Torrance Transit. It’s always best to allow yourself plenty of time to get to the game, as the Dodger Stadium Express becomes increasingly crowded as game time nears.
Carpool with Other Fans: If you’re heading to the game with a group, gather everyone together and carpool to save time and money. General parking is $10 in advance and $20 at the gate. Don’t want to walk very far to your car? Pool your funds and spring for preferred parking. It costs $35 in advance and $50 at the gate. However, if you happen to arrive in a Lexus vehicle, you can get your spot for the discounted rate of $20, as the manufacturer is a team sponsor.
Ride a Bike: Are you staying pretty close to Dodger Stadium? If so, hop on your bike and pedal your way into the stadium. Not only is this a great workout, but you’ll also be able to bypass traffic on the way in and out of the stadium. Bike racks are conveniently located at all levels and turnstiles, so you won’t have to park too far from your entrance. If you choose this route, be sure to follow proper safety precautions, such as dressing in bright colors, to make sure you’re very visible to drivers.
Rent a Conversion Van: If you’re attending the game with a large group of friends, consider a 12-15 passenger van rental. State Van Rental is conveniently located near LAX, so you can pick up your vehicle on your way from the airport. The company has an extensive, well-maintained fleet including Nissan Premium 12 Passenger Vans, Chevy Suburban 8 Passenger SUVs, and the ever-popular 15 passenger vans. Gather your entire group together for the ride to Dodger Stadium and split the parking fee — which would be only a dollar or two per person with a large group. You’ll find a conversion van very handy for the entire duration of your trip!
What to Do After a Dodgers Game
Dodgers games are so much fun that you’re probably not going to feel like heading right back to your hotel room after the game comes to a close. Instead, head out and enjoy the city with your fellow fans. If you’re traveling with a group, enjoy reminiscing together about your exciting day at the ballpark. If you’re traveling solo, strike up a conversation with a fellow fan.
Two of the city’s most popular Dodger bars are conveniently located in Echo Park, which is about a mile from the stadium. The Short Shop and Mohawk Bend — both located in Echo Park — are always open late, and they also have TVs so you can catch up on the other games you missed while checking out the Dodgers. Plus, if you’re in the mood to dance, part of The Short Stop turns into a late night dance club.
If you didn’t get your fix of Dodger Dogs during the game, there are plenty of local eateries to choose from in Echo Park. Some of the most popular choices are The Park Restaurant, El Compadre, Sunset Beer Company, Dinette and Two Boots. You can also opt to head to downtown Los Angeles, which is approximately four miles away. Choose from a variety of restaurants at L.A. Live — kind of like a mini Times Square of the west — or check out other local hotspots, such as the bar at the top of the Standard Hotel, B.S. Taqueria, and Redbird.
Get Your Group Around LA with Ease
LA is notorious for its mind-boggling traffic jams that can cause you to spend an hour driving no more than a couple of miles. Whether you’re heading to Dodger Stadium or any other destination around the city, be aware that traffic can make it take seemingly forever to travel relatively short distances.
Always use apps like Google Maps or Waze before heading anywhere — even if you don’t need directions — as this is a great way to find an alternate route if traffic is heavy. There are few things more frustrating than sitting in gridlocked traffic on the 405, when you could’ve taken a back road that would get you there in less than half the time. If at all possible, avoid driving during both the morning and evening rush hours. This might mean you need to leave a little early to get where you’re going, but it will be well worth the effort.
In general, any Angeleno can tell you that it’s always wise to allow yourself longer than you think you’ll need to get pretty much anywhere in the city, as spontaneous traffic jams can occur anytime and anywhere. In a city where traffic is always an issue, people expect to run into at least one backup along their route, so those who want to make it on time — or even remotely when they’re supposed to arrive — know that leaving early is a must.
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