As mentioned in the Kings @ Staples post, we were near Dodger Stadium in the morning. We were there because we went on a stadium tour. And by we, I mean me. Joel still wasn't feeling well, so he slept in the car in the parking lot while I did the tour. I had gone to a game alone before, so I wasn't really too worried about it, but I'll definitely be going on another tour when Joel can join me. The Dodgers give tours year round, and what you get to see is dependent on whether you're in season or out of season. Obviously you're not going to be able to get down on the field during a regular public tour in season. That's why I prefer out of season tours, but any time is a good time to explore the history of a ball field! Tickets were $20 per person, and the tour lasted about 90 minutes.
Dodger Stadium is the 3rd oldest stadium in MLB, and it has the size to match. Much like Fenway, there is limited seating relative to other, newer stadiums, and you're nice and cozy with the people around you, which I love! New stadiums are great, but there is really nothing like being in a place where so many legendary moments have happened. My two favorite parts of the tour were going into Vin Scully's press box and getting to drink from the visiting teams' dugout drinking fountain like many of the best players in the world have before. There were homages to Dodger greats, all the way from Jackie Robinson to Clayton Kershaw. One thing that I thought was the coolest part of the stadium was the coloring of the seats- different levels are different colors to simulate a sunset. It's something I never had noticed before watching games on TV. I am a big stadium tour person- each stadium has so much history and cool quirks and Dodger Stadium had no shortage of either. I can't wait to go back for an actual game!
Just a couple of sports fans touring the world, one stadium at a time.