Anaheim Angels


Anaheim Angels

On vacation in California a few weeks ago I got the chance to see a game at Angel Stadium, home of the Anaheim Angels!


Anaheim Angels

Personally, it was really nice to be able to cross off another California team on my 'must-see' list (there are five teams in Cali, this is #3 for me!) 

It just so happened that we found a great hotel deal in Anaheim and decided to make that our home base for a 5 day trip to California. We knew we would be spending the day at Disneyland and California Adventure Park (more on that tomorrow!) and decided to see if we could score tickets to a baseball game that night. Wouldn't you know, the game we went to was the second to last game of the Angels season! And it also happened to be a bobblehead giveaway game (people go crazy collecting these bobbleheads, including my sons and husband!)

The stadium was a little too far away from our hotel so instead of walking, we decided to drive. Big mistake. Huge. The photo above is of the entrance and we sat looking at Mike Trout's smiling face for some time. While the parking lot is massive, so are the crowds! My advice for those staying the area, Uber or put on your walking shoes. I wish we had just braved it and walked because even though we gave ourselves lots of time we missed the National Anthem and first pitch, two of my favourite things to see, while waiting to get a parking space. Lesson learned. 

Anaheim Angels

Our seats were purchased on Stub Hub (it's where AMH gets almost all of our tickets nowadays) and we sat along the third baseline, which is my favourite place to see a game. You get a great view of the outfield... 

Anaheim Angels

The beer vendors are always around...

Anaheim Angels

and you get a great view of home plate! Up to bat is current Angels hero, Mike Trout! The crowd went wild everytime he came out! 

Anaheim Angels

AMH and I snuck away for a few minutes to get a look around the park. The views were unreal. I just love seeing palm trees while watching a baseball game! 

Anaheim Angels

No trip to a new ball park is complete without perusing the memorabilia section. AMH left with a game played ball to add to his collection and I had my eye on a signed Nolan Ryan ball! (Ryan played for the California Angels from 1972-1979, it was his turn as pitcher for the Texas Rangers 1989-1993 that inspired me to become a pitcher as a youngster)

Anaheim Angels

Draft Pick is a beer vendor that has many (many, many) local craft beers on tap. More than I've seen at any other stadium! Our plan was to get dinner while at the park. We wanted to see what inventive and unique food items they had but the selection was pretty basic. We ended up with a nacho hat and ate dinner after the game. 

I found the interior to be very basic. Angel Stadium was built in 1966 and looks like it. Lots of exposed steel beams with little attention paid to architectural interest (think Skydome in the 90's and Olympic Stadium now). The only areas inside that look to have been updated over the years are the digital screens on the playing field.

Anaheim Angels

The exterior has a lot going on. Interesting signs and displays.

Anaheim Angels

There are two giant hat structures which are pretty neat to see at night. Earlier in the day this area was filled with people waiting to go through security while musicians played on a temporary stage. The Angels were losing the game to the Oakland A's and our tummies were grumbling by the 8th inning so we left early. 

While I don't have young children anymore, my advice would be to incorporate some children's activities at this park. Especially considering Disneyland is down the street and many families with young children were in attendance. A missed opportunity IMHO. 

It's an interesting park to see in person and I'm glad I finally crossed this one off my list, but I have to admit I won't be making a return visit. While the game was fairly exciting and the Angels have a number of great players, the ballpark experience just isn't there. 

Have you visited the Anaheim Angels stadium? What are your thoughts on visiting this park?

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