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!
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):
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:
The original Calvary cemetery was located where Cathedral High school is now (thus the mascot – The Cathedral Phantoms):
Below the hills of Elysian Park, there once existed LA's own version of Little Italy:
In 1902, Barlow Respiratory Hospital on Stadium Way was the city's first tuberculosis sanatorium: