The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim began playing in newly refurbished Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, on April 1, 1998, and at that time the stadium had a seating capacity of 45,050. Over the years, stadium modifications have caused the seating capacity to vary. For the 2012 season, Angel Stadium can seat 45,957. Refer to the Angel Stadium seating chart for more information about the seating areas at the ballpark.
Angel Stadium lies in a suburban setting not far from the point of intersection of three freeways, and a very large parking lot completely encircles it. Fans driving to the stadium will know they are getting close when they see the 230-foot high “Big A” sign with the halo on top. This famous landmark lies at the eastern edge of the parking lot adjacent to the Orange Freeway.
The main entrance to the stadium, located behind home plate, is denoted by two very large, red Angels baseball hats. Fans arriving at the ballpark can use these hats as a shady place to get their group together before they go into the ballpark.
An exciting part of attending an Angels game is the appearance of Katie the Rally Monkey on the stadium video screens. Katie shows up after the public address announcer says, “If you make noise, he will come.” Specific game conditions are required, however, before Katie can start revving up the fans with cries of “Rally Time!!” The game must be at the seventh inning or beyond, and the Angels must be tied or behind by fewer than three runs.
Just behind the wall in left-center field, fans can see the Outfield Extravaganza. This is an area composed of trees and an artificial rock formation that resembles the California coastline. Water runs over the rocks, and the display also has fireworks and a geyser that can shoot water 90 feet into the air. The Outfield Extravaganza has become the focal point of Angel Stadium, and when an Angels player hits a home run or the Angels win a game, the geyser becomes active and fireworks erupt.
The multitude of concession stands at Angel Stadium offers an impressive array of food items. Clyde Wright’s Tennessee Bar-B-Que, at Gate 1, section 242, has delicious pulled pork sandwiches, BBQ beef brisket sandwiches and BBQ chicken sandwiches. The Grandstand Sweet Spot at section 103 has spicy and bistro chicken sandwiches served with big league nachos. Transplanted Philadelphians will be glad to know that the Major League Deli at section 223 offers the Philly Cheese Steak in addition to the New York Pastrami sandwich. Jack Daniels, at sections 110, 257, 407 and 513, serves beer, wine and cocktails.
Fans who would like to enjoy a full-service restaurant while at Anaheim Stadium can choose from the KnotHole Club, a sports bar at club level in right field, or the Homeplate Club at club level above the main entrance. The Diamond Club is a rather fancy restaurant at field level behind home plate. It has outdoor seating, and is reserved for fans who have tickets to the Diamond Club seating section.