After dealing with the hellish traffic to get to Dodger Stadium, we had an easy walk to Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Aug. 6.
Angel Stadium is surrounded by a large parking lot and is right next to the ARTIC (transportation) station, Honda Center (home of the NHL’s Ducks) and within walking distance of a couple of restaurants. It is also very close to the Orangeland RV Park, where we stayed.
It was a perfect night with clear skies and mild temperatures and, thanks to home runs by Andrelton Simmons and Eric Young Jr., we saw the flames shoot up from in front of the center-field waterfall more than once as the Angels beat the Detroit Tigers.
Getting to the home of the Angels is a breeze, even if you are not staying in Orange.
Should you choose to drive, there is a large parking lot where you will pay $10 for general parking or $20 for preferred and oversized vehicle/bus parking. If you are attending a weekday game, you can take the Angel Express from as far as Los Angeles Union Station, Oceanside, or Perris for a modest price. The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner also provides train service to Anaheim, with 12 trips a day from both San Diego and Los Angeles. You can find pricing, the schedule, and info about all of the transportation options at the Angels MLB site.
Our circumstance was a special one, staying within walking distance of the “Big A.” While the train is a very good, and affordable option — the Angel Express is only $7 roundtrip — many will still have to deal with L.A. traffic for a weeknight game.
Angels fans were out to see their team and Japanese fans were clearly excited to support their countryman Shohei Ohtani.
We spent some time in a first-come-first-served area beyond center field hanging out with some enthusiastic and friendly fans. I enjoyed seeing a game here, but look at the seating chart and you will find it is shaped oddly. In our seats down the left field line, I felt like I was facing the outfield more than the infield. I had to turn sideways in my seat to view the batter. Toward the end of the game we sat in section 236 beyond right field and I would recommend those seats over the ones we had in 307.
Despite the large parking area, there is no tailgating scene and alcohol is not allowed in the parking lots.
I didn’t remember much about my first trip to Angel Stadium in 1993. It had been 25 years since I saw the Milwaukee Brewers play there in Robin Yount’s final season. I know Angel Stadium has undergone numerous renovations since and I really did enjoy our time there on Aug. 6.
I didn’t have much of an issue with the angle of the seats as Patti did.
It was interesting to see the many Japanese fans, who flooded the concourses and team stores to get their hands on Ohtani merchandise. The rookie phenom didn’t pitch while we were there, but the two-way player did have four plate appearances and walked twice.
Angels fans aren’t as loud or as rowdy as others, but that doesn’t mean they sit on their hands.
Patti and Ron both say:
Patti was able to find a healthy option at a rotisserie chicken concession on the main concourse level. They had multiple choices and she selected the mixed-greens salad with chicken on the side. It was very tasty and relatively inexpensive at $11.
As usual Ron was speaking to the gentleman seated next to us, who recommended the Monster Nachos from a cantina located in the center-field concourse.
There is a good variety of food and, although we did not go up to the 200 level for the famed Chronic Nachos, we still were satisfied with our selections.
Angel Stadium is very affordable, especially when compared to Dodger Stadium or AT&T Park.
As stated above, food prices are reasonable for an MLB stadium. Drinks are on the expensive side, but tickets can easily be found for under $10. We got our two tickets in Section 307 for $9 apiece on a Vivid Seats. That has been one of the best third-party sites for us to find the cheapest tickets.
Even if you drive to the stadium, on-site parking at $10 isn’t bad at all. The ARTIC might be the best option, however, at just $7 apiece for the Angel Express.
The center-field waterfall is one of the main features at Angel Stadium. The water cascades over large boulders, a few of which form the shape of an A. As Ron and Patti walked around the stadium, Ron got a shot of that A shape from behind the waterfall. The entire rock sculpture is aptly named the California Spectacular.
Seconds later, Young hit his home run and that water-filled gap in the center of the A was suddenly full of flames. The spectacular display was built after the Walt Disney Company purchased the team in 1996.
Chronic Tacos also provides nachos in a large Angels helmet and that is a fan favorite.
The music garden behind Section 105 is a popular spot before Friday home games with live bands performing.
The home plate entrance is also a unique feature with two giant Angels helmets flanking the entrance framed by several large baseball bats. A statue of legendary entertainer Gene Autry, who owned the team from 1961-96, then greets fans as they walk in.
There is also a shrine of sorts to the 2002 Angels, who won the World Series. Among the many items inside the glass-enclosed display are a Waterford Crystal bat and baseball to commemorate the franchise’s lone championship. The Rally Monkey is recognized, but the World Series trophy, of course, is the centerpiece.
There is so much to do in Orange County, beginning with Disneyland. We discussed going to the House of Mouse, but opted instead for a beach day. We took Holmes to nearby Huntington Beach, which has a dog beach that was a popular spot for a sunny Sunday afternoon.
With Los Angeles an hour drive — or more — away, you are still close to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. But staying in the area around Angel Stadium, the Ducks play at the Honda Center, which is essentially right across the street from Angel Stadium. There is a large movie theater and several restaurants, including a craft brewery, within a mile radius.
Though the Southern California hills don’t provide much shade, there are many hiking paths and the city of Orange also has a very large dog park.
If we were to live anywhere in the greater Los Angeles area, it would be in Orange County.