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Let's tour Dodger Stadium - tour starts at 11:30am

Hello Everyone,

Dodger Stadium, without a doubt, is one of the most famous & celebrated structures in the city of Los Angeles. No matter who the owner is at the time! Opening in 1962 and now the 3rd oldest stadium in MLB, few American sports venues have a more rich history and has still retained much of it's original splendor. And weird parking configuration! Home to the Dodgers, former home to The Angels, it has hosted the The Beatles, The 3 tenors, The Pope, and many more. It's the site of what's been voted the single most memorable sports event in Los Angeles – Kirk Gibson's 1988 World Series home run. In other words, it's time for the LA History Meetup group to tour this world famous baseball stadium and LA icon! Admit it – you've driven by it a thousand times, maybe even taken in a few games, but you've never really explored it in a way to really appreciate it. Now is your chance!

Or come just because the parking is free and you can take a cool photo of yourself sitting in the Dodger dugout.

We will join the regularly scheduled public tour that starts at 11:30am. on Saturday, February 11th. The tour meets inside the stadium at the upper level top deck by the stadium store. No charge for parking. And your free to bring your camera and take photos. You can purchase tickets online but there is a $1.50 surcharge. The Dodger tour rep said you can pay on the day of the tour – no surchage. No problem. However, they will only accept cash!

Tour Prices:

  • Adults: $15

  • Children (14 and under): $10

  • Seniors (55+): $10

  • Military Personnel: $10

  • Children age 3 and under do not require tickets

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Since this meetup is at Dodger Stadium, I thought members might be interested about some of the significant local history around the immediate surrounding area of Dodger Stadium. The links below details some of this history.

 Before Dodger Stadium was built, Chavez Ravine was a thriving, working-class neighborhood (only a few short years after this community was completely gone, downtown's original Bunker Hill would also disappear):
http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/chavezravine/cr.html

The first Jewish cemetery in LA was located just below Dodger stadium. The plaque commemorating this site is on Lookout Dr – just behind the LA Fire Dept complex:
http://www.travelinlocal.com/the-fascintating-history-of-the-first-jewish-cemetery-in-los-angeles/

The original Calvary cemetery was located where Cathedral High school is now (thus the mascot – The Cathedral Phantoms):
http://archdiocese.la/prayer/cemeteries/info/history.html

Below the hills of Elysian Park, there once existed LA's own version of Little Italy:
http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_focus/history/italian-americans-legacy-in-early-los-angeles-includes-taking-a-sip-of-winemaking-history.html


In 1902, Barlow Respiratory Hospital on Stadium Way was the city's first tuberculosis sanatorium:
http://www.barlowhospital.org/main.php?pri=1&sec=8&ter=1



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  • Cindy

    I was one of the ones grumping about the field being covered in dirt for the upcoming motocross (??) event. But ya know what--it didn't matter that we didn't see grass because everything else was just fabulous: Vin Scully press box, luxury boxes, Dugout Club, Dodgers dugout and bullpen, old photos, uniforms, World Series trophies and more!! Did I forget anything? Thanks, Rudy, for setting this up. We had a great time!

    February 12, 2012

  • Laurie

    Rudy picked a winner! The tour was fun, informative and, as an old Brooklyn Dodger fanatic, actually thrilling. The weather was perfect, the guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We went to the bullpen to make up for the dirt on the field. The dirt was really was no big deal. We went to the dugout and saw lots of places not ordinarily available, including the press boxes! It was a great day and a memorable experience.

    February 12, 2012

  • Rudy

    Stadium tour was great! The dirt on the field really made no difference to the tour experience. Really enjoyed getting together with a few others for lunch at the historic (est. 1929) Eastside Market Deli, and then driving to the very little known historic maker at the foot of Dodger stadium commemorating LA's first (1855 - 1902) Jewish Cemetery and then driving by the grounds of the historic Barlow Hospital - est 1902 as LA's first tuberculosis sanatorium. Thanks to all for coming out – it was a fun afternoon filled with lot's of LA history!

    February 11, 2012

  • Rudy

    Just to clarify - you can take photos just about anywhere, at anytime during the tour. Overall, my cousins and I thought the tour was fun and really interesting when we did it a few years ago.

    February 6, 2012

  • Rudy

    .......Most of the tour, as I recall, is in the interior of the stadium. When the playing field is clear, the Dodgers are extremely strict when the tour is on the field level. You're only allowed on the dirt track just in front of the dugout and absolutely not one toe on the grass. Ever. Several ushers make sure you don't stray. But aesthetically it does make for a better picture with a clean playing field in the background.
    Weather should be great! See you there!

    February 6, 2012

  • Rudy

    Hello Everyone,

    Just to remind those that will be doing the Dodger Stadium tour on Saturday, we'll meet at the top level, by the stadium shop. And just to confirm, the field will be all covered in dirt for the motor cross event that evening. I took the tour about 4 years ago...after 3 tries in 7 months. Trying to get down to the field/dugout level during the actual tour can be a challenge. Trust me. The Dodger tour dept. assured me that the dugout and the bullpen will be available for the tour

    February 6, 2012

  • Julie

    Hmm, not getting to see the field. I don't know. I'm on the fence. Behind the scenes in the stadium is probably still pretty interesting.

    1 · February 4, 2012

  • mel-v

    anyone going when the field opens, in MARCH?

    February 4, 2012

  • Ernestina S.

    Oh, bummer about the field.

    1 · February 4, 2012

  • Jazmin

    I'm in favor of changing the date.

    1 · January 26, 2012

  • Cindy

    If the field is indeed not available, then perhaps we should select a different date. What do others think?

    January 26, 2012

  • Linelle

    Thanks for the info, Rudy. I see that the field won't be visible due to a motorcross event. I will try going some other time.

    January 26, 2012

  • Rudy

    The link below is to the Dodger Stadium tour website. The tour can accommodate up to 50 people and I was told by the Dodger rep they hardly ever come close to selling out, that's why I didn't set a limit on attendance.
    http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/la/ballpark/stadium_tours/index.jsp

    1 · January 10, 2012

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