Anaheim Angels, Anaheim
I went to Edison Field, home of the Anaheim Angels baseball team. This was taken in August 2004 as the Angels trounced the Kansas City Royals something like 10-2.
The stadium was a typical baseball stadium and compared to more traditional stadiums, I didn't like it that much. However, the fountains behind center field were quite impressive.
If you are coming to Angels Stadium for a game or another event, park outside of the stadium lots, in areas across State College Blvd. Outside lots are always cheaper, about $5 less or so. If you want to arrive to the stadium and have no stress in parking your automobile, come by bus (OCTA bus 50) or by (Amtrak) train which is just steps away from the stadium.
Equipment: Bring a hat or buy a bright red one just before the game starts. Also, sunshades and sunblock becuase the sun can be strong during the summer baseball season
As previously mentioned, my goal in life is to visit all the Major League baseball stadiums. Here is my review of Edison Field.
First let me say, I liked the old stadium and as gross as Edison Field is, I'm not sure why they bothered to build a new one. At least they kept the giant A.
1) Arrival & Departure
This is excellent. I give it a 5 (on a scale of 1-5, where 1 is horrible). There is a large parking lot surrounding the field and it's all on one level so walking in from your car is easy. It's near the freeways so when you leave, getting out and away quickly is pretty easy.
I give it a 3. There's nothing real exciting to say about the food. It's okay but considering the number of rats that allegedly live in the stadium, eating there makes me a bit nervous.
I give this a 4. The stadium is designed well, seats are comfy, rows have plenty of leg room, & there are lots of restrooms.
I give this a 2. First of all, there is the humiliation of the team being called "The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim." If that isn't the stupidest piece of yuppie "spin" I have ever heard, I don't know what is. I don't blame the city of Anaheim for being royally mad. Also making me uncomfortable is the news reports from the 2007 season that the city health dept. was citing Edison Field for several violations. Evidently, the problem stems from the fact that after a night game, they don't clean up the trash until the next day. Naturally the rats come in over night and get first dibs on the food remnants. Yuck.
Also, they tend to be wild about those "Thunder Sticks" and I seem to always get a seat beside some kid who wants to make thunder for the entire game. Not fun.
They do have a nice waterfall thing happening in the outfield tho - with big water spouts shooting up with a homerun. That's kind of neat.
Overall, a 3 1/2 and that's being generous. I only go if I have tickets from a friend. Disclaimer - I haven't been to the stadium since 2003 so if some of these problems have been fixed, my review could be outdated.
Despite being where Mickey and Goofy and co hang about, Anaheim is also the home of the Angels, the Baseball team who won the 2002 World Series beating my fiancees team the SF Giants in an all-California finale. Oh, it looked good for the Giants, who were my new team, having only recently gotten into bb. But then the Angels pulled out this monkey thing, the Rally Monkey, and incredibly they turned it around and won! Never mind Barry Bonds. That was it, all over.
Damn that Monkey!
Each ballpark in North America is unique in its own way, and Edison Field is no exception to that rule. Without a doubt, what people will remember most after visiting this stadium is the Outfield Extravaganza area, the signature piece of the ballpark. The "Extravaganza" area is located behind the outfield wall in left center-field. It kind of looks like a bunch of rocks with water geyers that spray up into the air, and fireworks will shoot off after each great play on the field.
Like most ballparks, beer, food, and parking are all pretty expensive, but its well worth the cost to see such a cool stadium. Be aware that Edison Field is located rather close to the Disneyland Resort...maybe this is a good time to drop off you nagging wife and hyperactive kids at Disneyland so you can enjoy a quiet afternoon at the ballpark! Locals here have told me games don't usually sell out on the weekdays, unless the Angels are playing another California-based team. I purchased my tickets for this game on the internet just to be safe, especially since I was coming from across the country and didn't want to be stuck without a ticket.
If you're in the Anaheim area (or even the L.A. area) try to catch a game at Edison Field.
If you are a baseball fan, you can visit the Angel's Stadium and watch the game. We went to see a game in April and will go back for one in September of Angel's versus Oakland Athletics.
Equipment: The capacity of the stadium is approximately 45,000. Ticket prices range from circa $12 up to $75 for premium seating.
despite the twisted name, this OC baseball team is annually in the hunt for the MLB playoffs. They play in Anaheim close to downtown Orange.
The Anaheim Angels, for many years, were a lackluster baseball team. However, in 2002, much like pro football's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they came out of nowhere to win the championship of their sport.