Ballpark Roadtrip: Angel Stadium

Angel Stadium of Anaheim (originally Anaheim Stadium and later Edison International Field of Anaheim) is a modern-style ballpark located in Anaheim, California.

Anaheim Stadium had been the home of the Angels since their move from Los Angeles following the 1965 season. The stadium opened April 9, 1966, as the California Angels hosted the San Francisco Giants in an exhibition game. The franchise’s first American League game was April 19, 1966 vs. the Chicago White Sox. The Los Angeles Angels played at Wrigley Field in 1961 and Chavez Ravine from 1962-65.

The original Anaheim Stadium seated 43,204 (later 43,250). The stadium underwent construction in 1979-80 for additional seating to accommodate the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL. Upon completion in 1981, the stadium seated 65,158 (later 64,593) for baseball. The Rams left Anaheim for St. Louis in 1995. The new Angel Stadium of Anaheim has a seating capacity of approximately 45,050 for the Los Angeles Angels.

It is the fourth-oldest active Major League Baseball stadium, behind Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, and Dodger Stadium. It hosted the 1967, 1989, and 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Games. Why so many, I don’t know?

I did not like this ballpark too much. On the way back to the hotel after the first game. I was in traffic for a few hours as I hit overnight traffic. I reached the hotel and they announced on the radio that Willie Randolph was fired as manager of the Mets. Next day I saw Jerry Manuel make the first of many bad moves and watched Jose Reyes have a temper tantrum as he taken out of the game.

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Ballpark: D – Felt like a cheap imitation of Dodger Stadium and other concrete donuts from the 1960’s. Renovated for Rams in 1980’s, really reminded me RFK and Shea, just plain boring with palm trees. Thank goodness the seats are green with all the red the fans wear. In St. Louis and Cincinnati your eyes burn from all the red.

Fans & Atmosphere: D – A waterfall and rocks in outfield. That’s baseball to me! Like Dodger fans in red, no one in their seats at beginning and end of the game. Some of the fans were just plain idiots. Too busy on phones and gambling.

Food: C – Tried their version of a Dodger dog. Its a hot dog!

Mascot: C – Disney left with the mascots. Still show rally monkey who’s time has come and gone.

Staff: B – Very friendly staff. Security was nice and ushers were curious what a Met fan was doing in Anaheim.

Team Tradition: D – Looked for Hall of Fame or something to honor teams history. Wanted to see some Bo Belinsky, Dean Chance and Clyde Wright stuff. The exterior of park is decorated with full scale banners of stars John Lackey, Torii Hunter, Chone Figgins and Vladimir Guerrero.

Location: D – I stayed in Los Angeles and drove there, took forever to come and go. Have no idea what there is to do in Anaheim?

Photos taken June 17-18, 2008 using a Canon EOS 30D Digital SLR with a EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Standard Zoom Lens, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens.

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