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Posted: Tuesday September 12, 2006 10:29AM; Updated: Tuesday September 12, 2006 12:25PM
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Los Angeles Dodgers
Dodger Stadium
Los Angeles, Calif. :: Opened: 1962 :: Capacity: 56,000
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Average Ticket Price: $20.09
Average Cost of Concessions and Souvenirs: $95.00
How expensive is stadium parking?
• FREE: 1%
• $5-$10: 48%
• $10-$15: 43%
• $15-$20: 5%
• More than $20: 1%

Is public transportation a viable option?
• Never: 65%
• Worth it if you have a lot of time and patience: 24%
• A good option to avoid rush hour: 5%
• Pretty easy if you know the system well: 4%
• The only way to go: 1%

How would you rate traffic getting to and from the game?
To the game:
• A slow-moving parking lot: 21%
• Slow, but usually steady: 40%
• Moves well outside of rush hour: 24%
• Aside from the occasional bottleneck, it's good: 11%
• A smooth ride at all times: 2%

From the game:
• A slow-moving parking lot: 52%
• Slow, but usually steady: 24%
• Moves well outside of rush hour: 9%
• Aside from the occasional bottleneck, it's good: 8%
• A smooth ride at all times: 1%

How would you rate the number of restrooms for men and women?
• Bring a map: 2%
• It depends on your section: 15%
• Never more than a short walk away: 20%
• A satisfactory amount: 24%
• Plenty: 15%

How long is the wait to use a bathroom?
• Always available: 42%
• 1-5 minutes: 50%
• 5-10 minutes: 4%
• More than 10 minutes: 1%

How would you rate the variety of food/beer concession options?
• Limp hot dogs, bland peanuts, even blander beer: 3%
• Nothing fancy, but the staple foods are tasty: 19%
• A little variety of food and drinks available at specific locations: 28%
• A nice variety but locations are spread out: 28%
• You name it, they have it around almost every corner: 19%

How much will a meal at the ballpark cost you?
• $5-$10: 11%
• $10-$20: 61%
• $20-$30: 20%
• $30-$40: 3%
• More than $40: 2%

How would you rate the entertainment options aside from the game?
• Nonexistent: 15%
• So many games/promotions and scoreboard highlights that the game is lost in the background: 5%
• Typical mascot antics/scoreboard quizzes and fun music: 19%
• Some unique promotions/antics, but it sometimes distracts from the game: 12%
• A nice balance that draws your attention when the game is stopped but doesn't distract from the action on the field: 45%
Despite resting in the shadow of the country's second-largest city, Dodger Stadium exudes a "pastoral feeling." "With the hills and setting sun in the outfield, you would have no idea you were in L.A. with all its terrible traffic and countless strip malls." From the palm trees in the background to the fans in the seats, this is just a "beautiful place to be." We're not qualified to comment on how the Dodger Dog fits into the stadium aesthetic, but "make sure you get a grilled dog." But you'll have to earn your food here. "Food service moves at a glacial pace" and can last "three innings in the reserve sections." True to the stereotype, "fans arrive late," but "they love the team." That often seems lost, however, when "beach balls in the stands often get a bigger response than the team." For a more intense experience, "sit in the Pavilion (i.e. bleachers), which is a rowdy group, and that's without alcohol being served there." Take your time appreciating your visit here, partly because the scene is unique but really because "traffic getting out of the stadium is absolutely horrendous."
"Dodger Stadium could not be further away from something to do," the price fans pay for a place that sits in a ravine in a park. Plenty of options exist within a short drive, "which is 'around the park' as we understand it in L.A." Phillippe's famous French Dip sandwich and the Original Pantry's funky diner food aren't far by car if you head toward downtown L.A. About a 10-minute drive in another direction, though, is Old Town Pasadena, "your best bet for a good beer and food after the game."
2006 record: 76-67 (all statistics through Sept. 10)
Players worth the price of admission: Nomar Garciappara (.309 Avg., 17 HRs, 80 RBIs), Brad Penny (15-8, 4,21 ERA, 126 Ks), Derek Lowe (14-8, 3.64 ERA, 105 Ks)
For one of the game's oldest parks, Dodger Stadium has aged quite gracefully. It may not be overflowing with gourmet food stands and it may not have the limestone fašade, but it has the palm trees and gorgeous sunsets and laid-back atmosphere that persuade so many to relocate to California in the first place. While that means getting to the park is a chore, it seems a relatively small price to pay for quintessential California baseball. Just think: Shea Stadium is the same age as the Dodgers' home and it's a lot easier to get to; anyone want to go there instead?