With summer around the corner, many diehard baseball fans will have a specific road trip in mind: touring the nation’s professional baseball stadiums. You can get an exclusive, up-close look at most stadiums through an official tour, even if you’d prefer not to spring for tickets to a game, given pro baseball’s exorbitant ticket prices. Whether you’re a local or just visiting Southern California, consider touring Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium of Anaheim to see what makes these famous stadiums tick and to view them as the players do. One caveat: as is traditional with most stadium tours, the home teams’ locker rooms are, unfortunately, off limits.
1000 Elysian Park Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
There is much to learn about the storied history of 52-year-old Dodger Stadium on the 80-90 minute tour of the third-oldest stadium in the country. A walk through the 56,000-seat stadium includes a visit to the Vin Scully Press Box, plus a trip to the Lexus Dugout Club, which is the stadium’s VIP restaurant and lounge, where you can look at World Series Trophies and MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards. Better yet, you’re likely to visit the Dodger dugout, and get the chance to step on to the hallowed Dodger field. Tours take place at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. No tours are offered when there is a home day game, on national holidays or during other special events. Tickets, which can be purchased and printed online, are $20 for adults and $15 for kids 14 and under, seniors and military personnel. Kids 3 and under are free. For the first time this summer, the Dodgers are offering pre game tours for $30, available on limited dates. You must have a game ticket and a tour ticket to participate in the 45-minute pre game tour.
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
2000 E. Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, CA 92806
The Angels tour, much like the Dodgers tour, includes visits to the press box, the press conference room, the visitors’ clubhouse and the Angels dugout. You’ll also get close-up looks at the Outfield Extravaganza rock fountain and the Perfect Game Pavilion, an interactive gaming area for kids. Ticket prices for the hour-and-fifteen-minute tour are $7 for adults and $5 for active military, seniors, and kids 3-18. Kids under 3 are free. Tour times are 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tours are not available on dates when the Angels have a home game or on major holidays.