Dodger home opener brings traffic jams and fighter jets to Echo Park

Echo Park renews its love-hate relationship with the Dodgers – and visiting Dodger fans – with today’s home opener at Dodger Stadium. It’s not off to a good start. Residents on the Echo Elysian Forum report that officers from the LAPD, which pledged to take a more aggressive stand against rowdy Dodger tail gate parties in Elysian Park near the stadium, were shouting warnings over bullhorns as early as 5 AM. By 6 AM, however, Dodger fans were making their own noise, judging by the comments on the Echo Elysian Forum:

“I was walking my dog in Elysian Park at 6am and the music
coming from Dodger fans already parked in Chavez Ravine was deafening. I asked a policeman about it and he just ignored me.”

Traffic through Chavez Ravine on Stadium Way, a major short cut for downtown commuters, was more clogged than usual, with some people reporting 30 minute delays. Today’s Dodger home opener also promises to fill the skies with traffic and noise as well. Dodger officials warned residents of a military fly over the stadium about 10 minutes before the game.

Click here for photos and scenes from today’s pre-game tail gate parties.

Related stories & links:
The Dodger Shuttle is back and its called the Dodger Stadium Express. LA Dodgers
Playing games with Dodger fans. The Eastsider
New and returning eats at Dodger Stadium. Echo Park Now
Trapped on an island in a sea of Dodger Blue. The Eastsider
The best seat to watch the Dodger home opener may not be at Dodger Stadium. The Eastsider

Photo by Manny/Flickr


  1. Deafening is a bit of an overstatement, though I guess it's really a matter of perspective. I too could hear the noise when I walked my dog through Elysian Park at 8:00 a.m., but I wasn't angry; I was just envious of those who could spend all day at the (ball)park.

  2. Seriously, my neighbors in the EchoElysianForum and the SolanoCanyon forums really should take the stick out of their asees.Moving to an extreme proximity to a world-class sports stadium was going to result in a few annoyances. They knew that going in.Opening day is an unofficial LA holiday.Let people dance to their music in the public parks and tailgate like every other sports fan in the world

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