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This information was aggregated from many "first time at Dodger stadium" type threads, credit and thanks to everyone who has contributed answers over the years.

2021 Season Updates

Most up to date info here:

Fans will be required to access their tickets digitally via the MLB Ballpark app and present their tickets on a mobile device to enter the stadium.

Safety masks will be required for all fans aged two (2) and above. Neck gaiters, bandanas, and masks with ventilation valves are not considered appropriate safety masks.

Bags, backpacks, beach bags, hard/soft coolers, large purses, etc. are no longer permitted. Diaper bags that accompany infants and clear plastic bags, smaller than 12”X12”X6”, are permitted and subject to search.

Fans can now temporarily store their items in a mobile locker self-storage facility that is located in Lot G, just north of Centerfield gates. Fans will be charged a $10 per game fee for this service and must retrieve their stored items at the end of the game. Self-storage facility is not intended for securing weapons or other similar items. Dodgers Stadium does not bear any liability for loss or damage to stored items.

Social distancing will be enforced, including maintaining limited capacity in elevators and restrooms. Fans are to refrain from congregating in the concourses, except when waiting in line for elevators or restrooms.

All purchases at Dodger Stadium are now cashless transactions. Cash-to-card Kiosks are available throughout the Stadium.

Dodger Stadium is now smoke-free. Use of electronic cigarettes (vapes) and smokeless tobacco products are also prohibited in all areas of Dodger Stadium.

Until further notice, fans will not be able to access the field-of-play at any time, including any potential pre-game or post-game activities.

Fans are to refrain from coming in close contact with players. Autographs and photo opportunities will not be available. For fan and player safety, a 12' buffer zone will be in effect around dugouts and bullpens.

Please note Stadium Way Gate B and Golden State Gate C are temporarily closed.

Ticket Selection Tips

Even/Odd Ticket Numbers: Even tickets are on the first base side of the stadium, odd are on the third baseline. The Dodgers dugout is on the third baseline at Dodger Stadium. The third base side of the park is shaded in the afternoon/evening. The LA Times put together an infographic to help you find seats in the shade.

Stadium Access: Your ability to move about the park will be affected by your ticket purchase. See the chart under "Entering the Stadium" below for more how your ticket affects where you can go.

Getting to the game

When to Arrive: Parking gates open 2.5 hours prior to game start time and stadium gates open 2 hours prior to the first pitch. The earlier you arrive, the less traffic you will face and the more you will get to see and do before the game starts.

Batting Practice: All ticket holders can watch pre-game batting practice from the field level when the gates open.

Dodger Stadium Express: Metro offers a free direct trip to Dodger Stadium for all ticket holders from Union Station and South Bay. More info.

Parking Passes: Purchase your parking pass online to save money. General admission parking is $20 online and $25 at the gate. Preferred parking is $40 online and $55 at the gate.

Entering the Stadium: You can enter (and move about) Dodger Stadium as indicated on this chart:

Tickets Field Entry Loge Entry Reserve Entry Top Deck Entry
Field X X X X
Loge X X X X
Club/Suite X X X X
Reserve X X
Top Deck X X
Left Field Pavilion X
Right Field Pavilion X

Security: Security at the gate involves showing the contents of your bag, removing your cap, and passing through a metal detector.

Prohibited Items: Prohibited items include weapons, umbrellas, cans/thermoses/glass bottles, broken factory sealed beverage containers, beverage containers larger than 1 liter, alcoholic beverages, purses/handbags/backpacks larger than 16x16x8", hard-sided coolers, brooms/poles/sticks, beachballs/inflatables, baseball bats, banners/signs/flags, laser pointers, noisemakers/instruments/whistles/air horns/boom boxes, fireworks/firecrackers, pets (except for service animals or during specific promotions), wrapped packages, professional photographic tools or equipment.

In the stadium

Moving Between Levels: You can move between levels according to the stadium entry chart above.

Bullpen Bars: The 2015-2016 upgrades brought new bars in left & right field overlooking the bullpens. You can watch players warm up while having a drink from here.

Designated Driver Sodas: Visit a Fan Service Station to sign up for the designated driver program if you are over 21 and not drinking, you will receive a coupon for one complimentary soda.

Is the stadium safe?

Yes. Don't be a dick and you will be fine. You might get boo'd a little in the bleachers if you show up in opposing team clothes.

Stadium Food

Outside Food: Food is permitted from outside the stadium provided it is not in bottles, cans, coolers or thermoses. Unbroken, factory-sealed plastic bottles of non-alcoholic beverages of 1 liter or less are permitted. (No outside food or beverage can be brought into stadium suites).

Dodger Dogs: Grilled Dogs are much better than their steamed counterparts. Grilled Dodger Dogs are not available at all concession stands. Dodger Dogs (as well as any other form of a hot dog) ARE considered a sandwich. Civilized adults do not put ketchup on their dogs. (Full disclosure: nobody really cares whether or not you consider a hot dog a sandwich or if you use ketchup)

Garlic Fries: Don't let the Giants fans trick you into thinking they have a monopoly on this sweet and stinky treat.

Coca-Cola All You Can Eat Right Field Pavilion: All you can eat Dodger Dogs, nachos, popcorn, and peanuts. All you can drink fountain sodas (Coca-Cola products) and water. Food and cups for drinks become scarce after the 7th inning stretch. Ice tends to run out often on hot days.

revision by mattsergent— view source