Journalist and author Molly Knight is a lifelong Dodgers fan, long before she actually got to cover the team as a reporter. Her book, The Best Team Money Can Buy: The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Wild Struggle To Build A Baseball Powerhouse chronicles the team’s turbulent past few seasons and the many personalities that comprise one of baseball’s richest, most talented teams. It is out now from sister company Simon & Schuster and available wherever books are sold.
A family outing to a Dodger’s game should be fun, not stressful. Here are some insider tips to consider to maximize the fun for the entire family.
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Pay for parking in advance! It costs $10 in advance or $20 at the gate. The best part? You can buy your advance parking pass while you are waiting in the traffic line. Just download it to your phone and have the attendants scan it. Secondly, and just as important: take the Scott Avenue entrance into the stadium. It’s always been there, but it was locked for decades for some reason. Now it is open and no one really knows about it because there’s never any line. The stadium has also started letting Uber cars in via the Elysian Park entrance.
Eat, Eat, Eat
Dodger Stadium might not yet have all the exotic food options of other stadiums, but the new management has added some fantastic options:
- Tommy Lasorda’s trattoria behind the right field pavilion. Go for the meatball cone with the gelato for dessert.
- The street corn! I was born and raised in Los Angeles and I never had street corn before—for this I blame my parents. Imagine corn with butter and taco seasoning. The street corn nachos are also excellent. These can be found at La Taqueria on the field and reserve levels.
- Mom and Dad, you deserve better than Miller Lite. Go to the loge level and ask them to point you in the direction of good beer, which includes local craft favorites like Golden Road, El Segundo, Dudes, and Eagle Rock Brewing. You’re welcome.
Check out the view of downtown from the parking lot at the top of the park (Lot P). It is the best view in the city. You can even do this on an off day when the team isn’t playing by driving into the park and saying you want to go to the stadium gift shop on the top deck. My advice? Go there at noon and bring a sack lunch. Park, go into the gift shop and buy a little trinket, then grab a seat in the top deck and enjoy your Dodger Stadium picnic.
Behold Two Legends-In-The-Making
The Dodgers have two future Hall of Famers in their rotation in Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. You need to see them pitch in their prime. Dodgers.com lists the pitching matchups in advance so pick a game with one of these guys on the hill.
Wave To Vin
If you get there early enough, wave up to longtime Dodgers play-by-play man Vin Scully. He sits on the club level behind home plate, and is a national treasure. On top of that he is a very fine human being who will probably wave back.
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