Los Angeles’s Dodger Stadium
Opened in 1962, it’s hard to believe this is actually the major leagues’ third-oldest park behind Fenway and Wrigley. Like many Los Angelenos, it’s had some work done recently after fifty-plus years of mostly hard living, but it’s still got plenty of that Los Angeles flash. Literally, since strobe lights flash when the Dodgers take the field, hit a home run, or record a win. It’s also the largest-capacity ballpark in the game, seating up to 56,000 fannies.
The Dodgers take pride in their ballpark, making sure to repaint it annually and also employing a full-time gardener to tend the premises. There are also fantastic views, from the San Gabriel Mountains to the city’s downtown area to the Santa Monica Bay (pending weather visibility). Dodger Stadium does not have any statues of its former greats – and there are a lot of former Dodger greats – but they will have their first statue this season, and, fittingly, it’s of Jackie Robinson. There is a lot of history in this park since it’s one of the few still standing since before the 1970s, never mind the 2000s.
Check Out: a Dodger Dog. They’re pretty generic, but that’s kind of the point.
Fun Fact: From 1923-2000, this was the only ballpark in the major leagues to be built with 100% private funds.