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Blue Monday

Some observations about the parking/traffic situation at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day:

John Stodder:

The traffic was apocalyptically bad.


[T]he newly-reconstructed parking setup at Dodger Stadium [...] was as well thought out as giving Stevie Wonder a plasma HDTV for Christmas.


[T]he line for every parking lot entrance I tried was backed up for miles. It took an hour and a half to go that last mile to park and sit in our seats.

Kevin Roderick:

[T]he worst back-up I've ever seen on Sunset Boulevard

Sons of Steve Garvey:

[I]t was a disaster leaving.


[A]n hour after a game, the lot was still packed.

L.A. Taco:

The parking was also a huge nightmare, people I was with who parked inside the stadium took 90 minutes just to get to the Freeway.

Dodger Season Ticket Holder 1220252:

[W]hat I can't (and won't) tolerate is a man who made his fortune in the parking lot business charging me an exorbitant fee to sit in gridlock. In a parking lot. FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF.

Jon Weisman:

Perhaps the most discouraging indication is that the new parking attendants seem to have been hired and schooled in the same manner as the food and beverage concessionaires: without any premium on expertise or efficiency, and indeed, with no small disdain by some of them for the people they are hired to serve.


Not only is there a 50% increase for parking making it a ridiculous $15.00 now, but they are making Dodger fans miserable trying to enforce the "new" system. Needless to say, it is a total CLUSTER****! Trying to get into the Stadium, I spent nearly two hours in lanes that did not move miles outside the Stadium. However, trying to get out was so much worse.

(Excerpt edited slightly; also, make sure to click on the link for the "Hostage Crisis at Dodger Stadium" videos.)

The Dodgers' Josh Rawitch:

I noticed that the comment section in yesterday's post only included two comments on parking: one positive and one negative. I guess that's about the same as an early peek of the morning media, as the L.A. Times seemed to have found a lot of fans who were frustrated, while the Daily News seemed to have spoken with those who thought it was better than in years past. And among my friends who came to the came, some said it was easier than ever while others battled heavy traffic on the streets before getting into the parking lot. I think that's to be expected on Opening Day, when parking is at its absolute worst, particularly as the crowd lets out onto freeways that are backed up already from regular afternoon traffic. But, thank you to everyone for their patience and hopefully everyone will wait to see how the new parking plan works under normal circumstances. I can tell you this much - every Dodger employee parked offsite and was shuttled in to try and make more spots for the fans, so any parking issues were certainly not from a lack of effort. We are committed to fixing a problem that has lasted nearly 50 years and as always, we welcome everyone's feedback.

Rob McMillin:

Josh Rawitch, you are part of the problem.


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Ken Shultz

When the Dodgers come to San Diego, my folks sell their Padres tickets. The few Dodgers fans that come down for the game are enough to...

Anyway, I've been to a game at Dodgers stadium. I've seen the drunks. I've sat down beside them. ...and as I read the whining above, it struck me that I'd sit in traffic for an hour and a half rather than suffer another nine innings of Dodgers stadium.

Jason S.

Drunks at a ballgame? Goooooo Giants! Ho ho ho. Oh boy.

Ken Shultz

Should I have said "belligerent drunks" instead? Was that really necessary?

I doubt it. I bet you'd have said, "Belligerent drunks at a ballgame?"

...and yeah, growing up half way between Baltimore and Washington, we didn't go to many Orioles games, just for that reason. In San Diego, it's not much of an issue--unless the Dodgers are playing. Curious that.

I haven't been to an Angels home game. Maybe somebody who's been there can chime in--how many belligerent drunks is a person likely to run into at Angels stadium?

Jason S.

What about just "belligerent"? Who am I kidding? Belligerent = drunky. Belligerent drunky. CAP LOCK CITY! I agree, though, they're giving us professional drunks a bad name, I'll tell you what.

The bleacher sections at McCovey Cove Park are rowdy. Sometimes there are fights. I got lucky , though, when I went to the Friday game against the Dodgers -- the lady at the ticket booth gave me a Club Level section 219 row C seat 2 ticket for free! I could't believe it. I GOT BELLIGERENT! No. I was happy, though. It was nice. Noah Lowry has a wicked change-up. But the Dodgers have a pretty good roster (ex-Giants) and we lost.

But the great thing is that you can park in El Cerrito, take BART to Embarcadero, get on the N Judah Muni and it take it right to the ballpark. Pretty nice. Almost makes me feel sorry for Dodger fans. Hoho almost.
Oh yeah. Giants, baby!

bg mendell

Triple A baseball at Major League baseball prices. Anaheim, San Diego,
Houston, Seattle, Denver, Milwaukee, NY Mets, Florida, Milwaukee, Phoenix,
Dallas, Washington, Rancho Cucamonga.....stretch the product: just add steroids.
Where is Willie, Mickey and the Duke. What I see today is a game that
Warren Spahn and Don Newcombe would not recognize.
But, just charge it on a credit card.....America, ain't it great?



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