Opened in 1966, Angel Stadium (formerly known as Anaheim Stadium, Big A, and Edison Field) has been the home of the Anaheim (California) Angels, the 2002 World Champions of professional baseball. Edison Field was also formerly home for the pro football team, Los Angeles Rams, since moved to St. Louis in 1995. Total seating capacity is 43,250.
Other events also take place at the stadium during the year including concerts, religious revivals, and outdoor sporting events such as high school/college football, motocross, and off-road events.
One of the major entertainers of Orange county is Anaheim's own baseball Angels. The 2002 Major League Baseball champions play at Angel Stadium (formerly and regrettably "Edison Field"). Since the turn of 2000 the stadium, often referred to as the "Big A" has been remodeled and constantly there are additions made to the park. The best feature in my humble opinion here: the oasis rock waterfall behind the outfield wall. There are game/ prize booths and a Ruby's diner, among other special structures.
Parking costs are from about $12-$20 in the stadium lots but can be as low as $5 just outside the park, in lots along State College Blvd and Katella Ave. The lots are within a normal walking distance for most people. An advantage of parking outside the main lot besides a lower rate is getting out of the traffic faster. If no car, no problem to come here. The stadium is steps from the train station. Special Metrolink trains serve the game for arrival and departure (though trains may leave leave before some extended games end. Check out Metrolink for updates on special game trains-
http://www.metrolinktrains.com). However, OCTA bus 57 and 50 regularly suit public trans needs well, including late night routes.
Get tickets early for Angel games when they play L.A. rivals, the Dodgers, and indeed for NY Yankees (sure to sell out most times) and Boston Red Sox. Nearby agencies, esp along Katella Ave, may be options for your game admission.
Drivers in the area may want to avoid the stadium area during 6:30 PM-7:30 PM, when many game spectators usually arrive, and when games end (usually around 10-10:30 PM).
-If baseball is not your thing, Angels Stadium may be a future destination for a concert. U2 played here in 2010 to record crowds and both Kenny Chesney and Tim MCGraw played a huge concert in 2012.
-Kenny will play again here in 2013.
-The big A is also host to the annual Harvest Festival, featuring popular U.S. Christian music artists.
-Also, the big A may do a summer concert series during baseball season. Check team website for updates on this.
I had always been a National League fan until I moved to SoCal. I started attending Angels games and within two seasons I was hooked as an American League and an Angels fan. I have attended more games than I can count and have made Spring Training too.
Anaheim is a much more pleasant atmosphere than Chavez Ravine where the Dodgers play. While I enjoy going to Dodger's games too I don't feel the same sense of community and family that I do in Anaheim.
I watched this change from a team of losers to a perinnial contenders and in 2002, a World Series Champion. I love the Halos.
Angel Stadium is a former football stadium and an unenjoyable baseball environment. The seats are too close together and the stadium is oriented about 90 degrees off of the desirable sun path. The outfield view is of a clumsy rock fountain and the 57 Freeway, a reminder of what you're facing trying to leave the park later. It's a waste of space where they could block the view (please!) and sell more seats to catch home runs and yell to your favorite athlete. There are no MLB update news videos, very very few replays, and the sound system is unintelligible, even in the best Field Level seats. Fans are prevented from going down to the dugout area and most of the lower Field Level during batting practice, so good photos and autographs are non-existent there. For years the stadium management has not wanted to review this policy. The food at Ruby's is good. But overall, the expression on that rally monkey says it all: “Why can’t I leave???”
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