Road Games Travel Tips: Sun, surf and celebrity sightings
Week 2 preseason: Seattle at Los Angeles, Aug. 18, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Pacific
SPONSORED – It was past midnight when we got back to our car, the shuttle driver observing that anyone who was parked here had spent more than 12 hours at the park.
Uhhh, actually it was 15 hours that we spent at Disneyland, the Happiest Place on Earth. I was in my 30s. So was my wife. And her brother. And his wife. We all lived like kids for a day, going to Disneyland which I’ve always thought of as the most Southern California of all the Southern California things you can do.
Let me get this out of the way: I love L.A.
People find plenty to complain about when it comes to this part of the country from the traffic to the superficiality to the fact that it’s one big concrete sprawl. Sorry, but I’ve never, ever understood that.
My parents came from Southern California, and while I grew up in (fairly) rural Oregon, we went to Los Angeles every summer. The place was built for fun from the beaches to the amusement parks to the fact that you didn’t have to worry all that much about it raining, let alone snow.
I love Southern California. I love Manhattan Beach. I love the Wedge, which has humbled my delusions of body-surfing expertise. I love In-n-Out Burger and hate the fact that Zankou’s Chicken is no longer around because it was THE best fried chicken in the best place to eat fried chicken. Though to be fair, Mrs. Knotts Chicken Dinner Restaurant in Buena Vista is absolutely fantastic.
I love it as an adult, too. I love staying out at Marina Del Rey and walking over to the beach or heading to Venice and finding a coffee shop to people watch. I love Roy Choi’s street food, too. He’s a pioneer down here, someone whose foods like the Korean taco have spawned a mini empire that includes three food trucks and multiple taco stands.
Mostly, I love the fact that pro football is back. We went 20 years without having professional football in Los Angeles. From 1995 to 2016, and now there are two teams in town.
Arrival: You’ve certainly got options. Alaska Air has as many as a dozen flights daily from Sea-Tac to Los Angeles International (LAX). Alaska also flies to Orange County (SNA) and to Ontario (ONT). Now, there’s nothing we can do about the traffic that’s present when you get there, but the variety of destinations should help you get to the right part of the area.
Stadium: Cozy. That’s the word that gets affixed to the StubHub Center, which is located in Carson, Calif. The facility seats only about 27,000. That’s less than half the capacity of the next-smallest stadium in the league. That might pose a problem for the L.A. team’s bottom-line, but it’s a great opportunity to get a great view.
Last time here: The Seahawks were here last year about this time, playing a preseason game at the StubHub Center on Aug. 13, 2017. It was an intimate gathering with an announced attendance of 21,054.
Dining: Mrs. Knotts Chicken Dinner (8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA, 714.220.5055); Kogi Barbecue has multiple options whether it’s their three food trucks or multiple taco stands. The best reference is the Web site: http://kogibbq.com