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Dodgers, Angels knock it out of the park in their own ways

L.A.-area baseball fans have two very distinct brands from which to pick.

Dodger Stadium is a sun-scorched blast to the senses, a celebrity-laden rock concert with an Ansel Adams backdrop. Angel Stadium is a beachy barbecue, with less glitz but more creature comforts.

Pick your passion. Life’s all about making choices.

With the season about half over, here is a look at how the ballparks stack up against each other in an enormously subjective report card on the basic fan experience.

Parking

Dodgers: Plenty of spaces, though getting to them often feels like a trip through LAX. Stadium operators have improved traffic flow the last couple of years. Still, a buddy calls the inner traffic circle, through which many fans must pass on foot, “pedestrian Whac-A-Mole.” Grade: C-

Angels: The cost is about half that of the Dodgers ($8 vs. $15). Seems like such a simpler system, and it takes far less time to park and enter the stadium. Added bonus: The Angels allow you to tailgate before games, almost an American birthright. Grade: B

Venue

Dodgers: Those mountains, that architectural symmetry and early-'60s Jetsons vibe make for one of the classic settings in sports. With extra points for Vinny up in the press box, presiding over it all with wisdom and wit, like baseball’s Solomon. Grade: A+

Angels: Rather nondescript and ordinary stadium. Maybe it’s the forest green palette, but it always feels sort of dark in there. Deduct points for that kitschy waterfall. But kids love the home run fireworks. And at a ball yard, we’re all kids. Grade: C

Food

Dodgers: For many fans, a ballgame is just an excuse to eat. So why doesn’t the Dodgers’ menu reflect the impressive food choices generally available in L.A.? Needs a better sense of place. For example, would love to see booths for Philippe’s and Pink’s. Grade: C-

Angels: As choices grow, so do prices. But there is a striking advantage in selections here, with barbecue being the running theme. Another advantage: Plenty of picnic seating for diners all around the stadium to congregate before games. Grade: B

Visuals

Dodgers: More videos and crowd shots to energize the fans, though sometimes you wind up watching the big screen more than the game. Is that healthy? Grade: B

Angels: Slight edge here for a big screen that contains more information on position players and pitchers, such as the always revealing strikeout-vs.-walk count. Grade: B+

Acoustics

Dodgers: A never-ending supply of cheer prompts and music. Decibel levels better than in the past, but still occasionally migraine-inducing. Grade: B-

Angels: Happy to occasionally allow the ambient sounds of the stadium — the murmur of the crowd, the whistles, the vendor yells — to soothe the fans. This sets the tone for a more laid-back atmosphere. Grade: A-

Staff

Dodgers: Tend to be younger, can’t-wait-to-get-a-real-job types. Occasionally friendly when the mood strikes. Grade: B-

Angels: Tend to be older, retired types. Mostly friendly and know the stadium. Quick to chat and offer advice. Grade: A-

Vendors

Dodgers: Haven’t spotted a Dodger Dog vendor since Tommy Lasorda was a 34 waist. Given the wait at concession stands, could use more vendors of every type. Favorite line: “I throw a fast nut, a curve nut and a knuckle bag” (peanut ace Roger Owens). Grade: B-

Angels: Lots of vendors with a wide variety of wares let you stay in your seat and enjoy the game rather than waiting an inning or three for food. Favorite line: “Buy a churro, don’t be a zero.” Grade: B+

chris.erskine@latimes.com

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