You may have heard the Dodger Dogs are incredible and that Kershaw is the next Koufax, but unless you’re an Angeleno, you may not know some of the best-kept secrets of Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium.
Before your visit even begins, you’ve got to know how to score the best seats in the house. Since Dodger Stadium is one of the largest in the majors, it’s not usually difficult to come by last-minute tickets, but if you really want to impress your date, avoid the nosebleeds and go VIP. If you want to make the game unforgettable, you can pay in advance to be on the Jumbotron as you get down on one knee. Watch your date’s face light up as you pop the question to the excited roar of 50,000 baseball fans.
Tailgating is not allowed at Dodger Stadium, but you’ll still want to arrive early enough to check out the stadium’s secret Japanese garden, a spot so unknown that even most locals are unaware it’s there. Take a quick jaunt to the hills behind Parking Lot 6. The mysterious garden—commissioned as a gift in 1965—is now gated off, but look closely and you might spot the stone lantern that is rumored to still light up during night games.
Don’t forget to pack a radio along with your sunscreen, as any die hard L.A. Dodgers fan will attest, a game is not quite the same without long-time announcer Vin Scully’s magnetic, comforting voice calling the play-by-play. Kick back in your front-row seat and watch a ball soar into the outfield as Scully calls a home run. As he announces the close of the third inning, your rumbling belly will no longer be able to resist the siren call of the Dodger Dog, wafting its mouthwatering scent around the stadium. Make your way to one of the concession stands directly behind home plate to experience the grilled version of the famous dog, rather than the steamed one that is sold at all the other stadium concessions. Order an ice-cold brew to wash down your dog; skip the ballpark-standard beer in favor of a pint of Angel’s City, from a local craft brewery.
After the game, hit up The Short Stop, the only unofficially official L.A. Dodgers bar in the city. Celebrate a blue victory drinking a round with the dive-bar locals, and don’t forget to snap some pics in the rare black-and-white photo booth for the perfect souvenir to an unforgettable day with the boys in blue.