In Game

Home to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Angel Stadium of Anaheim is a beautiful and modern ballpark in Anaheim, California. Locals refer to the stadium as “The Big A” and the stadium has been an integral part of Anaheim since it first opened in 1966. Being the fourth oldest baseball stadium in all of the MLB, The Big A is filled with a rich and strong baseball culture and the atmosphere inside the stadium reflects that.

There is so much to do and see inside the Angel Stadium, from the California Spectacular to full-service restaurants to the Pepsi Perfect Game Pavilion, this baseball park is more than just that. In the mid 90’s, the Walt Disney Company owned the stadium (Disneyland is less than three miles away), and Angel Stadium saw some major renovations to the park, while still preserving and respecting the history of the stadium. Disney installed bleacher pavilions, a video display board, an out-of-town scoreboard, and most notably the California Spectacular. Due to the symbol it had become in Anaheim, the Big A remained preserved in the parking lot rather than it moving to the stadium like Disney had wanted. Angel Stadium of Anaheim contains a ton of history, as well as modern amenities and activities, so be sure to leave yourself enough time to see it all when taking in an Angels game.

Things to check out

Outfield Extravaganza/California Spectacular

Beyond the center field wall is the Outfield Extravaganza, also referred to as the California Spectacular. This signature piece of Angel Stadium was modeled and built after the California coastline. This beautiful area of the park includes a 90-foot-high geyser, fireworks, and pyrotechnics to celebrate great plays on the field. When the geysers erupt, water shoots out and cascades along the side of Pride Rock, a mountain filled with real trees from California. The fireworks are on display at the start of the game, after Angel’s home run, and after every Angel victory, so don’t miss them when attending a game at the Big A.

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Pepsi Perfect Game Pavilion

This interactive area is geared towards kids, but offers fun for the whole family. The pavilion is located in the right field terrace so make your way over with the young ones to have some fun during the game.

World Records

The Angels fan base is world record breaking: as of 2014, they have set five Guinness World Records including the world’s largest gatherings of people wearing blankets, wrestling masks, cowboy hats, wigs, and Santa hats.

Rally Monkey

The Rally Monkey appears when the Angels are losing or tied during the seventh inning, potentially earlier if the situation calls for it. The Rally Monkey was born in 2000 after the Angels scoreboard showed a clip from Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and rallied to win the game. The tradition has been going strong ever since and reached national prominence during the Angels World Series run in 2002.

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“Win one for the Cowboy"

“Win one for the Cowboy” can be heard throughout the stadium in homage to the Angels founder Gene Autry. In his thirty-eight years as the owner, he never saw his team win a World Series. After his passing, the Angels won the World Series in 2002, and one of Autry’s white Stetson hats was brought onto the field by Angels player Tim Salmon.

Thundersticks

The Angels were the first North American sports team to use thundersticks in their game when fans used them in the 2002 World Series Championship. Pick up a pair of thundersticks and join in the tradition.

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Fight Songs

  1. Build Me Up Buttercup

    This hit by The Foundations is played after one verse of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch.

    Why do you build me up (build me up) Buttercup, baby
    Just to let me down (let me down) and mess me around
    And then worst of all (worst of all) you never call, baby
    When you say you will (say you will) but I love you still
    I need you (I need you) more than anyone, darlin’
    You know that I have from the start
    So build me up (build me up) Buttercup, don’t break my heart

    “I’ll be over at ten”, you told me time and again
    But you’re late, I wait around and then (bah-dah-dah)
    I went to the door, I can’t take any more
    It’s not you, you let me down again

    (Hey, hey, hey!) Baby, baby, try to find
    (Hey, hey, hey!) A little time and I’ll make you mine
    (Hey, hey, hey!) I’ll be home
    I’ll be beside the phone waiting for you
    Ooo-oo-ooo, ooo-oo-ooo

    Why do you build me up (build me up) Buttercup, baby
    Just to let me down (let me down) and mess me around
    And then worst of all (worst of all) you never call, baby
    When you say you will (say you will) but I love you still
    I need you (I need you) more than anyone, darlin’
    You know that I have from the start
    So build me up (build me up) Buttercup, don’t break my heart

    To you I’m a toy, but I could be the boy you adore
    If you’d just let me know (bah-dah-dah)
    Although you’re untrue, I’m attracted to you all the more
    Why do I need you so

    (Hey, hey, hey!) Baby, baby, try to find
    (Hey, hey, hey!) A little time and I’ll make you mine
    (Hey, hey, hey!) I’ll be home
    I’ll be beside the phone waiting for you
    Ooo-oo-ooo, ooo-oo-ooo

    Why do you build me up (build me up) Buttercup, baby
    Just to let me down (let me down) and mess me around
    And then worst of all (worst of all) you never call, baby
    When you say you will (say you will) but I love you still
    I need you (I need you) more than anyone, darlin’
    You know that I have from the start
    So build me up (build me up) Buttercup, don’t break my heart

    I-I-I need you-oo-oo more than anyone, baby
    You know that I have from the start
    So build me up (build me up) Buttercup, don’t break my heart

  2. Calling All Angels

    Made popular by Train, this song is played during a montage of historic Angels footage before each game.

    I need a sign to let me know you’re here
    All of these lines are being crossed over the atmosphere
    I need to know that things are gonna look up
    ‘Cause I feel us drowning in a sea spilled from a cupWhen there is no place safe and no safe place to put my head
    When you feel the world shake from the words that are said

    [Chorus:]
    And I’m calling all angels
    I’m calling all you angels

    I won’t give up if you don’t give up [Repeat x4]

    I need a sign to let me know you’re here
    ‘Cause my TV set just keeps it all from being clear
    I want a reason for the way things have to be
    I need a hand to help build up some kind of hope inside of me

    [Chorus]

    When children have to play inside so they don’t disappear
    While private eyes solve marriage lies cause we don’t talk for years
    And football teams are kissing Queens
    and losing sight of having dreams
    In a world that what we want is only what we want until it’s ours

    [Chorus x2]

    Calling all you angels [Repeat till fade]

  3. Spirit in the Sky

    This song by Norman Greenbaum is played during the announcement of the Angels lineup .

    When I die and they lay me to rest
    Gonna go to the place that’s the best
    When I lay me down to die
    Goin’ up to the spirit in the sky
    Goin’ up to the spirit in the sky
    That’s where I’m gonna go when I die
    When I die and they lay me to rest
    Gonna go to the place that’s the best

    Prepare yourself you know it’s a must
    Gotta have a friend in Jesus
    So you know that when you die
    He’s gonna recommend you
    To the spirit in the sky
    Gonna recommend you
    To the spirit in the sky
    That’s where you’re gonna go when you die
    When you die and they lay you to rest
    You’re gonna go to the place that’s the best

    Never been a sinner I never sinned
    I got a friend in Jesus
    So you know that when I die
    He’s gonna set me up with
    The spirit in the sky
    Oh set me up with the spirit in the sky
    That’s where I’m gonna go when I die
    When I die and they lay me to rest
    I’m gonna go to the place that’s the best
    Go to the place that’s the best

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