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Sports Venues in Southern California
Whether you’re in the mood for watching a football game or a basketball tournament, you’ll find a wealth of sports venues and event centers that host sporting activities year round. Don’t miss the chance to watch a baseball game at the famous Dodger Stadium or catch the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center during basketball season. The Memorial Coliseum is the home of the University of Southern California Trojans football team and hosted the 1984 Summer Olympics.
One of the most iconic stadiums in the world is the Rose Bowl, host of five NFL Super Bowl games throughout its history. If you want to watch a Major League Soccer game or tennis match, head to the StubHub Center in Carson. The Los Angeles Angels play at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim, another iconic sports destination. Head to the Honda Center to watch the NHL Anaheim Ducks in action or UFC events. Petco Park hosts major league baseball events as well as concerts and other events. Head to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego to watch the San Diego Chargers football team.
Also known as Chavez Ravine, Dodger Stadium was opened in 1962, and is the third oldest park in Major League Baseball.
Home to the Los Angeles Dodgers since opening day, the stadium neighbors downtown Los Angeles, and is the largest ballpark in terms of seating capacity – coming in at 56,000 seats.
Dodger Stadium is used for large concerts and movie sets, along with baseball games for the people of Los Angeles. Enjoy your time at Dodger Stadium, one of the premier Major League Baseball venues. The MLB season begins its regular season in early April – buy your tickets now.
Those looking for a fun night out in the Los Angeles area, have a variety of options. Make your way to the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles for a sporting event or your favorite entertainer. The center is home to four professional sports franchises: the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers – NBA, the Los Angeles Kings – NHL, and the Los Angeles Sparks – WNBA.
Since 1999, this multi-purpose center has hosted numerous high-profile events and concerts. On average, the center has hosted more than 250 events a year, including eleven Grammy Awards Shows, World Figure Skating Championships, the X Games competitions and the 2000 Democratic National Convention. This impressive 950,000 square foot center has been awarded the Pollstar-CIC Arena of the Year award.
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Built in 1923, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is the proud home of the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans football team. Located in Exposition Park in Los Angeles, the stadium will serve as the temporary home of the Los Angeles Rams as they await their own stadium to be built.
Given the stadium’s age, it has seen many renovations and expansions over the years, helping it host a number of top-flight sports and entertainment events, including the 1984 Summer Olympics, multiple Super Bowls, and even Los Angeles Dodgers home games for several years.
Constructed in 1922, the Rose Bowl is one of the most famous and iconic football stadiums on the planet. Found in Pasadena, a lovely city in the LA Metro Area, this is the home stadium of the UCLA Bruins football team. The Rose Bowl is a venue playing host to the annual Rose Bowl football game.
The Rose Bowl has hosted a slew of mega-events, like the 1994 FIFA World Cup Final, the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, and the 1932 and 1984 Olympics. Featuring an all natural grass field, and a seating capacity of 92,542 (which makes it the 12th largest in the world), the Rose Bowl has also hosted five different NFL Super Bowls.
Sports fans visiting the Los Angeles area are in luck. The StubHub Center, located south of Los Angeles in Carson, is the place for all of the action. This 125-acre multi-sport complex is located on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills. It opened in 2003 with a soccer stadium, tennis stadium, an indoor velodrome and a track and field stadium.
The 27,000 seat soccer stadium, the largest of its kind in Major League Soccer, is home to the Los Angeles Galaxy. The stadium has also hosted the USA Sevens Rugby Tournament. The 8,000 seat tennis stadium is the training facility for USTA's USA Tennis High Performance. Drive in from nearby Torrance or Redondo Beach.
The velodrome, the largest in the country, features a 250 meter indoor wood bicycle racing track. The track and field stadium features a Super Mondo X track and is home to the Adidas Track Classic.
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Established in 1966, Angel Stadium of Anaheim is located in Orange County in the city of Anaheim, just southeast of Los Angeles. Home to Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Angel Stadium is the fourth oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball.
Formerly the Anaheim Stadium and the Edison International Field of Anaheim, this ballpark seats up to 46,000 baseball fans. The Angel Stadium of Anaheim also plays host to concerts, high school sports games, and the occasional movie set. Don’t miss a game with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim when you visit southern California.
Los Angeles area hockey fans love to watch an action-packed night on the ice. Since 1993, the Honda Center, formally known as the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, has been the home for the National Hockey League's Anaheim Ducks. You'll find the Honda Center within the Orange County area.
The Anaheim Bullfrogs of the Roller Hockey International held games in the center from 1993 to 1999. This multi-purpose arena has hosted a wide variety of events.
Sports events held at the center include UFC events, the Built Ford Tough Series Bud Light Cup and Big West Conference Basketball Tournaments. Tina Turner, Mariah Carey, Depeche Mode, the Jonas Brothers and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, have all performed at the center.
Major League Baseball in San Diego is alive and well. Petco Park has been the home ballpark for the San Diego Padres since 2004, after they left Qualcomm Stadium. The stadium's first baseball game was part of a four-team NCAA invitational tournament with the San Diego State Aztecs baseball team.
A record crowd was in attendance as they beat Houston. Fans love to watch the games from the "Park at the Park" area near the outfield fence. In addition to baseball games, the stadium hosts concerts and special events. Explore the park on your next stay in the San Diego area.
Top entertainer concerts performed in the ballpark include The Rolling Stones, Madonna and Taylor Swift. From 2007 to 2009, the USA Stevens rugby sevens tournament was held at Petco Park. Additional events hosted at the park include American Idol auditions and the Food Network's "Chairman's Challenge."
Southern California residents and visitors in the San Diego area have supported the San Diego Chargers professional football team since 1967. Qualcomm Stadium, a multi-purpose facility, has been home to Chargers from the beginning. The stadium was named San Diego Stadium from 1967 to 1980, then named Jack Murphy Stadium from 1980 to 1997, then finally named Qualcomm Stadium since 1997.
The San Diego Padres professional baseball team played in the stadium from 1969 to 2003, when they moved to Petco Park. Located in San Diego's Mission Valley area, the stadium is also home to the San Diego State University Aztecs football team. Three Super Bowl games have been held at the stadium in addition to Major League Baseball All-Star Games and World Series games.