Established in 1883, the Los Angeles Dodgers started out in Brooklyn, New York as the Brooklyn Atlantics. They changed their name 10 times in Brooklyn, but since they moved to Los Angeles in 1958, they have been known as the Los Angeles Dodgers. Based at Dodger Stadium, where they have been since 1962, this team has won several World Series championships and over 20 National League pennants. They have had more than 10 MVPs, several Cy Young Award winners, and more than a dozen Rookie of the Year players.
Dodger Stadium itself is also quite famous as the oldest park in MLB to the west of the Mississippi and seats the most people at 56,000, making it the world’s largest ballpark. The stadium has played host to more than 10 World Series games and has been the host of Summer Olympics baseball and softball games. Being high up in Los Angeles, the stadium overlooks the city and the San Gabriel Mountains, so you get a great view of the game and the surrounding area.
The park has also been host to other sports such as basketball, soccer, cricket, boxing, and hockey. And many musicians have played there as well, including Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, and Madonna. Pope John Paul II even held Mass there in 1987. And with the Jr. Dodgers Club, the park is kid-friendly, too. You can bring the kids to let them run the bases, take the field, and participate in all kinds of other activities.
In the past, Los Angeles Dodgers ticket prices have ranged from under $10 to over $500. A typical general admission seat might run about $8 to $50, while a premium seat in the Dugout Club section can cost you up to $700. Prices will vary depending on the seats, amenities, who the Dodgers are playing, and what time of year it is.
In the middle of Los Angeles, motorists can get to Dodger Stadium from US-101, CA-2, or CA-110. To get to these, you can take I-5 from the north or I-10 from the south. Stop by Pasadena about 10 miles northeast where you can enjoy a museum, sculpture gardens, and art deco buildings. If you have always wanted to see Beverly Hills, it is less than 10 miles to the west. You may even see a few movie stars around town.
The park has 11 general parking lots, 16 preferred parking sections, and two offsite lots. You can call the park or go online to reserve a spot and ask about accommodations for larger RVs. In recent years, they have not been known to allow larger vehicles to park in their lots, so it is best to check with the stadium if you are driving an RV. Some smaller campervans and tow vehicles may be better for parking at Dodgers Stadium.
The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (LAMTA) provides two bus routes in Los Angeles County aptly named Dodger Stadium Express buses. The South Bay bus route will take you to the stadium from the Harbor Gateway Center, Rosecrans, Harbor Freeway, Manchester, and Slauson. The Union Station bus runs from the station to the stadium during all home games and other special occasions.
Los Angeles Dodgers fans are not able to camp onsite at the ballpark, so you will need to look for somewhere else to make camp. Fans are not allowed to tailgate or sleep in the parking lots at the ballpark, either. Check around the area for lots that may have this perk, and you may get lucky. Otherwise, there are plenty of campgrounds nearby to choose from in Southern California.
Being so close to Angeles National Forest is a bonus since there are over a dozen awesome campgrounds nearby to choose from within this forestland. In fact, there are 15 within 30 miles of Dodger Stadium. In addition, Acton Los Angeles North KOA is less than 45 miles to the northeast. They have over 100 RV campsites with utilities, a pool and spa, clubhouse, store, café, showers, and a playground for your kiddos to stay busy.
Dodger Stadium offers ADA shuttles to their guests who need them during Dodger games. ADA shuttles run from the closer parking lots, as well as the outer lots. If you cannot find the ADA shuttle, you can call the Dodger Hotline to have a shuttle sent to you. Wheelchairs and strollers are welcome at the park as well.
Be sure to pack your team’s jersey or t-shirt with your favorite player’s number on it and a baseball hat with the same. Have fun showing your Los Angeles Dodgers team spirit. If you don’t have a t-shirt or hat, you can get those at one of the vendors’ booths or the club store. Temperatures typically stay in the 80s during the day and 60s at night, so pack your Dodgers blue with warmer temperatures in mind.
Purses, bags, and backpacks have been allowed as long as they are 16 inches or smaller. If you have to bring a bag, be assured that you are going to wait in line so security can complete a search. Don’t bring items such as glass, weapons, or alcohol. What you can bring is your ticket, wallet with ID, debit cards, and cash, your phone, and maybe a camera.
California is known for its sunny days, so make sure you have sunscreen with a hefty SPF to protect your skin. Sunglasses and a hat are also great ideas for sun protection. Always have plenty of water, no matter whether you are drinking other beverages or not. Bugs like mosquitoes and flies can be a bother during the game and at the campsite, so pack some bug repellent as well.
Cooking should not be a problem if you stay at Acton Los Angeles North KOA or one of the other nearby campgrounds. The KOA has full hookups available, water, and a fire pit with a grill outside. They even have a camp store in case you need to get some last-minute items. Many of the other campgrounds also have hookups, but if not, they should have a campfire grill. However, it is best to be prepared, so go ahead and bring a camp stove or your own BBQ pit.
Do you want to have a nice sit-down dinner with the family? There are three great choices within a mile of the park, including a southern restaurant, Mexican cuisine, and a New American eatery. If those don’t make you drool, you can venture a few more miles to the City West section of Los Angeles, and you’ll find several French restaurants, Italian food, Spanish eats, and Asian fare. In fact, you can find just about any kind of food you want within five miles of Dodger Stadium.
Dodger Stadium has more than 50 food and drink vendors in and around the park. From the famous Dodger Dogs to the newest foods on a stick, you can find whatever you want and then some. They even have 12 different places to buy a hot dog or bratwurst here. And there are dozens of beverage carts to grab a frosty drink to wash it all down. If it is merchandise you are looking for, there are over two dozen vendors selling souvenirs like t-shirts and hats.
During a Los Angeles Dodgers game, you are going to have to pass through metal detectors and have your bags searched, so be sure to get to the gates early. You don’t want to miss the first pitch. Also, there are uniformed security officers as well as Los Angeles County police officers stationed all around the park if you should need one.
If you like warm and sunny weather, Los Angeles is the place for you year-round. Especially in the summer during the Dodgers games. Highs range from 74 to 83, and lows are typically about 54 to 65. You don’t have to worry about rain or severe storms because that is rare in this part of California, especially during the summer.
Always keep a first-aid kit with you in your RV just in case. However, if you or someone nearby needs medical attention, it is best to contact a staff member at Dodger Stadium. They have a physician as well as several registered nurses available during every Dodgers game. There are also several medical centers within 10 miles of the ballpark if you would rather make the trip yourself.