I am a Los Angeles native, TV producer and loyal Dodger fan who attends five to ten games a season. While most of my friends have given up on actually attending games at the Ravine, citing higher prices, long lines and thuggery in the stands, I have faithfully marshaled on. I even purchased seats for Game 3 of the NLDS.
Allow me to cut to the chase. My boyfriend and I arrived at the game at 4pm. It started at 5. I didn’t park until 6. The parking situation inside Dodger stadium was disorganized, chaotic and downright disrespectful. There was bumper-to-bumper traffic inside the stadium that did not move. The lot attendants were unable to offer any help or direction whatsoever, and couldn’t tell anyone where to go or what to do. There were seemingly NO SPACES for miles around. And yet, even an hour into the game, Season Pass lots remained half-empty while paying fans sat in the parking lot. Meanwhile, I watched as attendants continued to collect $15 from car after car, allowing them to enter the morass that was the parking situation. And then to finally sit down in the bottom of the third, the score 4-0 Mets, and to be charged $8 for a Bud Light…well, that was simply the last straw.
I paid a fortune for my tickets, and then $15 for parking so that I could sit in my car and listen to Vin Scully call the first three innings. Not what I had in mind. You knew the game was sold out. Why weren’t precautions taken? Where were the public shuttles? Why not open up Season Pass lots when it became clear that the place was overbooked? I’ve received better customer service at the DMV.
Dodger Stadium celebrated a record-breaking level of attendance this year, and this is the thanks we get? Despicable.
Sharon Margaret Lord