Going To Dodger Stadium For World Series Game 5? Here's How To Avoid The Traffic

Dodger Stadium viewed on Thursday, Oct., 25, 2018, a day ahead of World Series Game 3 between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox. (Ron Blum/AP)

By Melissa Leu and Riley Beggin

It's do or die tonight when the Dodgers face off against the Red Sox at Dodger Stadium in Game 5 of the World Series.

The Red Sox lead the series 3-1. And though we know our Boys in Blue need all the support they can get, do we really want to sit through alllll of this?

(Dodger Stadium, circa 2018 Opening Day)

Yes. Yes, we do.

We've already given up on all of you brave souls who insist on driving, but for the sane among us, there is a better way. Here are a few things to try to make that traffic nightmare a little more bearable and some other information to get you to and through the game:

WHEN ARE THE DODGERS PLAYING IN L.A.?

The team will play at Dodger Stadium for:

  • Game 3: Friday, Oct. 26 at 5:09 p.m.
  • Game 4: Saturday, Oct. 27 at 5:09 p.m.
  • Game 5: Sunday, Oct. 28 at 5:15 p.m.

HOW DO I GET TO DODGER STADIUM?

Drive: You could just plug in 1000 Vin Scully Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012 into your GPS and call it a day. (Curbed LA says driving is actually the fastest way to get to the ballpark from Union Station.) But you'll have to pay beaucoup bucks for parking and risk the traffic jam on the way out.

Or you could just jump into a rideshare. Those taking Uber to the game are allowed to enter through any gate, and other car services are allowed to enter at Sunset Gate A for drop off in Lot 11. There is also a taxi loading and unloading zone at the outer edge of Lot G.

Bus: You can also take the Dodger Stadium Express bus from Union Station. The Express bus is free for ticket holders and runs every ten minutes, beginning 90 minutes before game time and ending 45 minutes after the final out or 20 minutes after post-game events.

There is also an Express bus that leaves from South Bay stations Slauson, Manchester, Harbor Freeway, Rosecrans and Harbor Gateway Transit Center. This bus runs every 20 minutes beginning two hours before game time. Return service begins after the end of the 7th inning and ends 45 minutes after the final out.

The closest MTA buses to Dodger Stadium are the No. 2 and the No. 4. You can catch these buses from Santa Monica, the Pacific Coast Highway and downtown L.A., or from the Red Line station in Hollywood. Get off near Vin Scully Avenue and Sunset Boulevard for the closest walk to the stadium.

Pro tip: pass the time by watching this snarky Metro video.

Bike: Seven bike racks are also available. You can find them using this map.

Metro/Walk: Fans coming by Metro can take the Gold Line to the Chinatown stop and walk ¾-mile to the stadium.

WHAT YOU CAN BRING INTO THE STADIUM

  • Backpacks, bags and purses, but they must be smaller than 16 in. x 16 in. x 8 in. That includes diaper bags and other kinds of totes
  • Outside food, as long as it's not in bottles, cans, coolers or thermoses
  • One factory-sealed plastic non-alcoholic bottle per person that is one liter or less in size
  • Cameras for personal use only with lenses less than or equal to 6 in.
  • Soft-sided coolers under 16 in. x 16 in. x 8 in.
  • Cell phones, tablets, hand-held radios and televisions
  • Strollers

WHAT TO LEAVE AT HOME

  • Alcohol
  • Banners, signs or flags
  • Professional photo equipment, including tripods, telephoto lenses and more
  • Hard-sided coolers, coolers over 16 in. x 16 in. x 8 in. and coolers containing ice
  • Noisemakers such as air horns, whistles, bells
  • Glass bottles and cans
  • Weapons
  • Umbrellas
  • Thermoses
  • Beach balls and inflatables
  • Laser pointers
  • Fireworks and firecrackers
  • Boom boxes
  • Musical instruments
  • Pets
  • Drones

DON'T FORGET TO EAT

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But if you did, Dodger Stadium's got a full menu ready for you, including tortas, cheeto-lotes, the classic Dodger Dog and more.


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Alright, friends. Have fun tonight. And go Dodgers!


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