LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers and their fans are no complete strangers to the October Classic, with this season marking the team’s 3rd look on the planet Series in four years. The distinction in 2020? Most fans are viewing the video games at home and are no place near their group in Texas.

Since of the COVID-19 pandemic, couple of fans have actually stepped foot in an arena or stadium or on a field in more than 6 months. And it’s still not specific when they’ll have the ability to root, root, root for the house team again.

The Dodgers, nevertheless, have actually provided an option to viewing the group live and in-person as they take on the Tampa Bay Rays in Arlington, Texas, where the very best of 7 series is being played. The boys in blue requirement three more wins to bring the crown back to Los Angeles for the very first time given that 1988. Two players from Arizona are in the series: Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers and Aaron Slegers of the Rays.

For $75 per cars and truck, fans can go to Dodger Stadium’s large parking lots and view the series on 60-foot screens, as at a drive-in theater. Play-by-play can be heard over FM radio. Although fans can’t get out of their vehicles to tailgate, they can get dressed up in Dodger blue to honk for crowning achievement and take in the view from Chavez Ravine overlooking the city. The very first drive-in was Oct. 12, Video game 1 of the National League Champion Series against the Atlanta Braves.

What’s the greatest difference? There’s honking. Lots of honking.

” Part of the enjoyable of being in a stadium is that when your team makes an excellent play, you jump around, high five the fans around, and you have a shared minute,” stated Samantha Melbourneweaver, an Arizona State University graduate and long-lasting Dodger fan. “That’s equated in a drive-in to honking. You honk and flash your lights.”

Alcohol is prohibited, however fans are encouraged to bring their own food and nonalcoholic drinks due to the fact that concessions aren’t available, according to a press release from the group.

Like many other regulations that have been enforced because the pandemic was stated in March, social distancing is imposed by security personnel wandering the lines of vehicles. Nobody will be permitted to leave their cars and truck unless they’re heading to the portable restrooms.

Like many fans, Melbourneweaver shared her drive-in experience on social media.

” We wish we could be playing in front of 56,000 fans at Dodger Stadium,” manager Dave Roberts said in a press release before the team clinched the NL pennant, “however we’re excited that the Dodgers have actually created a safe way for the community to come together and hopefully cheer us on to the World Series.”

Now, with simply a few games left to play before we bid the troubled 2020 season bye-bye, fans are attempting to soak in as much as possible – even if it is from an asphalt parking lot.

” There is always that little additional increase you get when you see something live,” Melbourneweaver said. “It totally made me seem like I was here with the community of strangers and enjoying this thing that we would not even exist in the exact same universe without.”

For some NL Champion Series video games, add-ons were available for fans, such as Joe Kelly bobbleheads and ticket credit for future video games.

But above all, the best feature of the drive-in experience, Melbourneweaver stated, was being able to safely interact with other individuals who share a typical enthusiasm.

” Just being around other individuals and feeling safe, while being around other people who are really delighted about something was truly special. It feels excellent.”