Cactus League Stadiums – Diablo Stadium

We continue the review of the Tempe/Phoenix area stadiums. The second stadium, Diablo Stadium, is about 5 miles to the south of the first stadium I reviewed, Municipal Stadium.

Diablo Stadium – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim??? of California???

Diablo Stadium

    I’ll be honest. This stadium is a bit blurry in my memory. I know some of the guys will say its because we hit up a local OTB/Bar early in the morning and then had cab races, but I’m going to blame it on my visit being two years ago. The first thing you will notice about this stadium when you walk up to it is the amazing front entrance. It looks and feels like a professional MLB park. But after that, it’s hard for me to get too excited about this park. The games are typically packed as well do to the close proximity to Los Angeles which gives easy access to weekend trips to baseball games. So you may want to try to get in a weekday game at this stadium.

    Like most of the other Cactus League stadiums, there is lawn seating at Diablo Stadium. The problem with the lawn seating is that it is only in left field which makes it crowded and sometimes sold out. The rightfield foul line has bleacher style seating but I can’t vouch for how comfortable they are. And for the most part, the concourses are open but are more narrow than some of the other stadiums. Once you get near home plate, the concourses are covered which provides some shade for fans with pasty white skin. The open areas of the concourse allow for views of the surrounding foothills, but business always trumps nature and there are several office buildings too close for my liking.

    If you want to get close to the players, stick to the leftfield lawn seats along the foul line and the right field foul line bleachers. The bullpens are located here out on the field but the seats are so close it almost feels like you are in the bullpen. And because you can get so close, you can have conversations with the players and easily snag game balls from them.

    The surrounding area has a lot to be desired as well. There is plenty of parking and is typically well policed to allow for quick entry and exit. Another option is to park further away and take one of the many peddle cabs outside the stadium. As mentioned earlier, there are more office buildings than anything. You can find plenty of options of fast food in the nearby blocks, but if you are looking for a sports bar or restaurant, get ready for a drive. The expressway is right by the stadium, so getting to other locations in the city is easy. Perfect for going to a different game.

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