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    I'm planning a trip to the California parks this summer. Does anyone have any recommendations for moderately-priced seats with a great view? (For example, at Jacobs Field, it would be the bleachers, provided you can get near the left-field foul pole and close down, not row YY). Are there any tickets where you're only allowed to enter certain gates and only go in certain sections of the park? Thanks
    Mythical SF Chronicle scouting report: "That Jeff runs like a deer. Unfortunately, he also hits AND throws like one." I am Venus DeMilo - NO ARM! I can play like a big leaguer, I can field like Luzinski, run like Lombardi. The secret to managing is keeping the ones who hate you away from the undecided ones. I am a triumph of quantity over quality. I'm almost useful, every village needs an idiot.
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    Dodger Stadium has their entrance gates at each level, meaning if you have a ticket for the Reserved level, you enter at a Reserved Level gate and are confined on that level for your stay at the ballpark. It's that way for the Top Deck and Pavilions too. I think a Club Level ticket is the only one that gets you access to all the levels. A lot has been made (Mostly from visiting fans) of how this sucks, but since I grew up with it this way, it doesn't bother me. I personally think the Reserved Level (between the bases or the first 8-10 rows down the lines) offers the best seats for not a lot of money. The same seats at Yankee Stadium are $50, while these seats are $15-20! The Pavilions are also a big bargain. They went up to $8 this season, but that's still less than half of what many teams are charging for thier bleacher seats. Top Deck seats are very high up, but offer a great overall view of the field for $6.
    Last edited by Elvis; 01-24-2006, 11:23 AM.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Elvis9045
      Dodger Stadium has their entrance gates at each level, meaning if you have a ticket for the Reserved level, you enter at a Reserved Level gate and are confined on that level for your stay at the ballpark. It's that way for the Top Deck and Pavilions too. I think a Club Level ticket is the only one that gets you access to all the levels. A lot has been made (Mostly from visiting fans) of how this sucks, but since I grew up with it this way, it doesn't bother me. I personally think the Reserved Level (between the bases or the first 8-10 rows down the lines) offers the best seats for not a lot of money. The same seats at Yankee Stadium are $50, while these seats are $15-20! The Pavilions are also a big bargain. They went up to $8 this season, but that's still less than half of what many teams are charging for thier bleacher seats. Top Deck seats are very high up, but offer a great overall view of the field for $6.
      I've heard of some level restrictions at stadiums but it'd be nice to be able to walk around the WHOLE stadium without springing for a Club. It doesn't seem that the colors always correspond on the seating chart, I'm not sure which are Reserved, they need to fix that
      Mythical SF Chronicle scouting report: "That Jeff runs like a deer. Unfortunately, he also hits AND throws like one." I am Venus DeMilo - NO ARM! I can play like a big leaguer, I can field like Luzinski, run like Lombardi. The secret to managing is keeping the ones who hate you away from the undecided ones. I am a triumph of quantity over quality. I'm almost useful, every village needs an idiot.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by RuthMayBond
        I've heard of some level restrictions at stadiums but it'd be nice to be able to walk around the WHOLE stadium without springing for a Club. It doesn't seem that the colors always correspond on the seating chart, I'm not sure which are Reserved, they need to fix that
        The seating levels have had the same names since 1962:
        Field Level (Yellow - first tier)
        Loge level (Orange - second tier)
        Club Level (Rainbow/suites)
        Reserved Level (Turqoise - previously blue - third tier)
        Top Deck (Sky Blue - previously red - fourth tier)

        If you want to tour the whole ballpark try making friends with an usherette. Oh, and never mind the Dodger Dogs. Go to Pink's on LaBrea for a great dog before the game! Dodger Dogs are over-rated unless you grew up with them.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Elvis9045
          Dodger Dogs are over-rated unless you grew up with them.
          If you go to Smart and Final, but the pack of 18 Farmer John Dodger Dogs for $6.99, and a pack of Buns that are a bit bigger. Then you take them home and grill them on your own grill, while you watch a sporting event, and they are very tastey.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Bluesteve32
            If you go to Smart and Final, but the pack of 18 Farmer John Dodger Dogs for $6.99, and a pack of Buns that are a bit bigger. Then you take them home and grill them on your own grill, while you watch a sporting event, and they are very tastey.
            Except I won't be home. Well, it looks like the Dodgers have more righthanded power for now so I'll hope the visitors when I go have more righthanded power, both teams throw lefthanders out, and I'll be in my pavilion seat in left
            Mythical SF Chronicle scouting report: "That Jeff runs like a deer. Unfortunately, he also hits AND throws like one." I am Venus DeMilo - NO ARM! I can play like a big leaguer, I can field like Luzinski, run like Lombardi. The secret to managing is keeping the ones who hate you away from the undecided ones. I am a triumph of quantity over quality. I'm almost useful, every village needs an idiot.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Bluesteve32
              If you go to Smart and Final, but the pack of 18 Farmer John Dodger Dogs for $6.99, and a pack of Buns that are a bit bigger. Then you take them home and grill them on your own grill, while you watch a sporting event, and they are very tastey.
              Have you ever tried poking a few holes in them and marinating them in beer and celery salt for an hour? VERY tastey off the grill! I love Dodger Dogs mostly because they're an instant pleasant memory-trigger, which I suppose is why we like certain foods especially well.

              I'm afraid I'm a bit of a hot dog snob now and prefer dogs with a natural casing that have that "snap" when you bite them like Cupid's, Nathan's and Pink's. There's a Cupid's right next to where I work and I'm afraid I eat there more often than I should . Farmer John dogs don't have a snap, so they're kind of mushy, but they doo have a wonderful flavor that brings me back to those happy times of getting mustard all over my shirt while I watched Steve Sax throw one into the first row. :noidea
              Last edited by Elvis; 01-25-2006, 10:37 AM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Elvis9045
                Farmer John dogs don't have a snap, so they're kind of mushy, but they doo have a wonderful flavor that brings me back to those happy times of getting mustard all over my shirt while I watched Steve Sax throw one into the first row. :noidea
                Steve Sax threw hotdogs into the first row? The Indians mascot Slider does that
                Mythical SF Chronicle scouting report: "That Jeff runs like a deer. Unfortunately, he also hits AND throws like one." I am Venus DeMilo - NO ARM! I can play like a big leaguer, I can field like Luzinski, run like Lombardi. The secret to managing is keeping the ones who hate you away from the undecided ones. I am a triumph of quantity over quality. I'm almost useful, every village needs an idiot.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by RuthMayBond
                  Except I won't be home. Well, it looks like the Dodgers have more righthanded power for now so I'll hope the visitors when I go have more righthanded power, both teams throw lefthanders out, and I'll be in my pavilion seat in left
                  You can't go wrong with the LF Pavilion, I love it in those seats. It's a fun atmosphere out there - different from the other sections, partly because there's no beer sold and you can't see the DiamondVision, so we have to make things interesting without them . You'll have a great time!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Elvis9045
                    You can't go wrong with the LF Pavilion, I love it in those seats. It's a fun atmosphere out there - different from the other sections, partly because there's no beer sold and you can't see the DiamondVision, so we have to make things interesting without them . You'll have a great time!
                    If only Padres fans were as lively (not a single response after more than 24 hours)
                    Mythical SF Chronicle scouting report: "That Jeff runs like a deer. Unfortunately, he also hits AND throws like one." I am Venus DeMilo - NO ARM! I can play like a big leaguer, I can field like Luzinski, run like Lombardi. The secret to managing is keeping the ones who hate you away from the undecided ones. I am a triumph of quantity over quality. I'm almost useful, every village needs an idiot.
                    Good traders: MadHatter(2), BoofBonser26, StormSurge

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                    • #11
                      Agreed, the LF Pavilion is the place to watch the games, especially if LA is playing the Giants. The only knock on it is that mobility is limited and you won't be able to see the stadium, but the excitement is still there. Reserved is the section where all the beachballs start their migration around the ballpark, and there are a lot of rowdy fans there, but the sight lines are great.

                      I've only had the pleasure of going to Pink's once (it's too far out of the way on my return trips home), but I'll make it a point to go there sometime this season during my annual high school reunion Dodger games.
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                      • #12
                        RuthMayBond:I've heard of some level restrictions at stadiums but it'd be nice to be able to walk around the WHOLE stadium without springing for a Club.

                        at pac bell, the only sections with restricted access are:
                        field club and premium field club sections (sections 109-124);
                        AAA club section (201-234).

                        the entire park is otherwise open for strolling.

                        even a $10 sro (standing room only) ticket'll get you everywhere a non-club ticket would.
                        "you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. just get people to stop reading them." -ray bradbury

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                        • #13
                          Elvis9045: I love Dodger Dogs mostly because they're an instant pleasant memory-trigger...

                          c'mon, man. dodger dogs used to be the best.
                          they changed the taste of 'em years ago.
                          "you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. just get people to stop reading them." -ray bradbury

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by west coast orange and black
                            Elvis9045: I love Dodger Dogs mostly because they're an instant pleasant memory-trigger...

                            c'mon, man. dodger dogs used to be the best.
                            they changed the taste of 'em years ago.
                            Huh? Where'd you here that? I've been eating them since 1979 and they're exactly the same, in fact I just had some last week. Believe me, if Farmer John ever changed the recipe for their dogs they'd have their factory fire-bombed. In fact, when FOX switched food service companies and they stopped grilling the dogs it was mutiny at the Ravine! Needless to say, soon afterwards we got out grills back at the stadium.

                            Don't mess with the Dodger Dog.

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                            • #15
                              ok, elvis, i stand corrected.

                              it musta been that they din't grill them one particular time that i was there.

                              dodger dogs are great, yer right!
                              "you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. just get people to stop reading them." -ray bradbury

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