The Dodgers kicked off the 2017 season April 3, and I took a ride out to Dodger Stadium recently for a sneak peek at what’s new.
For most of my life, Dodger Stadium has been one of my favorite places to go. I loved going to games as a kid, took my daughters to their first games when they were young – I still remember the smiles when they had their first Dodger Dogs – and taught them the strategy of the game and fun of enjoying it while hanging with family, friends or just fellow baseball fans.
The Dodgers have made a number of upgrades to their roster this season with an eye toward winning their fifth consecutive National League West Division title, and they are making the experience of attending a game even more fun for families.
Of the 81 regular-season games at Dodger Stadium this season, 60 of them will feature a bonus attraction such as a cap or T-shirt giveaway, fireworks after the game or even a yoga session on the field. Dodgers Vice President of Ticket Sales David Siegel says no professional sports team has more programs, and it’s hard to question that statement. As Siegel noted just some of the promotions – USC Night April 19, UCLA night April 28, Teacher Appreciation Night May 1, Girl Scouts Day June 25 – it was hard to keep up. Have a look at the whole list at www.dodgers.com/events.
When you go, be ready to eat. As if Dodger Dogs and nachos weren’t enough, Executive Chef Ryan Evans is rolling out seven new dishes on the stadium menu. I didn’t sample all of them – something I now regret – but the BaseBowls and Chick-N-Tots certainly didn’t disappoint. BaseBowls feature Ahi Tuna over rice, topped with vegetables, wakame and ponzu sauce. The teriyaki chicken bowl is teriyaki-glazed chicken over rice with steamed broccoli and pineapple. There’s also a Vietnamese Rice Noodle Bowl and a Kalua Pork Bowl.
The Chick-N-Tots are house-made marinated chicken bites that are golden fried and tossed in buffalo sauce – or can be ordered naked with a side of honey mustard. There’s a variation, too, that features garlic, oil and Parmesan cheese, and another that has chili cheese. I only tasted the naked variety, but it was really good.
The impressive Dodger Stadium menu offers something to fit just about every diet and pallet. Not all foods are available on all seating levels, but you can plan accordingly by visiting here.
Visit Dodgers.com for ticket prices, packages and help planning your trip to the stadium.
Ron Epstein is Publisher of L.A. Parent