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A wave of Dodger Blue is headed for Echo Park

Scenes from the 2016 Opening Day

ECHO PARK — Baseball is returning to Dodger Stadium, with five games — including the season opener —  scheduled during the coming week.  That means the neighborhoods surrounding the ballpark will be awash in fans, traffic and Opening Day drink specials.

A Freeway Series game against the Angels gets the ball — and traffic — rolling on Saturday, April 1. Then, on Monday, April 3, it’s the Dodgers vs Padres in the regular season opener that begins at 1:10 pm. But wait, there’s more: Opening Day is the beginning of a four-day home stand against the Padres.

Opening Day, as has been traditionally the case, is likely to draw the biggest crowds as well as police enforcement. Phillip Smith, commanding officer of the LAPD Northeast Division, said officers will be out early in Elysian Park and around the ballpark on Monday to make sure pre-game parties don’t get out of hand and there’s no drinking in public.

“We have the same plan as in the past few years,” said Smith in an email.  “We have found that an increased presence of officers, in conjunction with not allowing tailgating in the parks around the stadium has brought about a safer atmosphere for the fans to better enjoy opening day.”

Opening Day gridlock in Echo Park

Where Not To Park

LAPD is also warning fans that there will be no parking on a section of Stadium Way called Avenue of the Palms – a popular spot for pre-game picnics and parties.

Visiting fans will also face 2-hour parking and other restrictions on other streets.  A representative for Council District 13, which represents most of the neighborhoods west of the ballpark, said it  is working to restrict and limit parking on streets near the ballpark, including Academy Road, Douglas Street, Macbeth Street, Montana Street, Morton Avenue, Portia Street, Quintero Street and Scott Avenue. The idea is to discourage fans from parking in the neighborhood. But residents will also have to move their vehicles in most cases to avoid  getting ticketed or towed.

 The Eastsider contacted the spokesman of Gil Cedillio, whose Council District 1 includes most of the neighborhoods east and south of the stadium, for information about parking restrictions but received no response.

Short Stop bar will be one of the Echo Park restaurants with Opening Day specials| Mary_Austin Klein

Opening Day Specials

While some residents would like to keep Dodger fans at bay, many Echo Park bars and restaurants are rolling out the welcome mat with Opening Day specials:

  •  The Lost Knight, for example, will offer pre-game drink specials and live music while the Short Stop will host pre- and post-game parties.
  • Lot 1 Cafe will open at 8 am, serving brunch all day and serving pitchers of housemade sangria and beer and shot specials.
  • The Short Stop will open at 9 am and offer drink specials; pre- and post-game parties

Here’s to a winning season. Go Dodgers!

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9 comments

  1. This is complete nonsense. They’re going to completely inconvenience people who live near the stadium … for what? Where am i suppose to park my car? We have to put up with all this bs because they keep jacking their parking rates. I’ve lived here a long time, trying to live with the stdium has really turned to crap since magic’s greed merchants overpaid for their band of chokers.

  2. So, lets say you want to have a bbq or small gathering at your place for a bday or something and it falls on a weekend. Can’t invite anyone over on game days because they’ll get ticketed. Nice.

  3. Puke.

    Go Giants!!!

  4. Lot 1 and the Short Stop appear to be competing in order to produce the most inebriated fans, beginning early and then providing more booze before drivers take off for home. Be careful out there.

    • They are businesses like any other, taking advantage of the deluge of fans in the neighborhood. If someone drinks at their establishment and then chooses to get behind the wheel, that is on that person, not the bar.

  5. So we can expect to see Dodgers fans exploring deeper into the neighborhood to look for parking. Wonderful.

  6. I love when new residents complain about Dodger parking in the neighborhood, when they knowingly moved into an area with a stadium near by. Feeling a bit entitled?

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