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Los Angeles Sports Teams and Events

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Los Angeles Dodgers Hee-Seop Choi at bat. [Photo Credit:] Los Angeles Dodgers

Los Angeles hosts a number of world-famous sports teams, including professional organizations like the Dodgers and the Lakers, as well as college teams such as the UCLA Bruins and the USC Trojans. See the list of Venues for links to sports centers such as Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Staples Center.

Sports Teams in/near Downtown L.A.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Professional Baseball
Venue: Dodger Stadium, Elysian Park
Schedule: March 31 - October 2, 2016

More Dodgers Tips and Links:

  • Dodger Stadium Tours - The Championship Tour gives fans an opportunity to view Dodger Stadium in a way only the players do. This behind-the-scenes tour lets fans visit restricted areas and view the ballpark from a whole new perspective. (Seasonal availability)
  • Dodgers Top of the Park Gift Shop - The Dodgers official team store is open daily 10AM to 5PM, so you can purchase Dodger souvenirs, even when it's not baseball season. You can also visit the upper bleachers of the stadium and take pictures of the field below. Outside of the gift shop you'll find a spectacular view of the buildings in downtown L.A. Parking is free! To get there drive up to the stadium and tell the attendant at the gate that you want to go to the gift shop. They will give you a pass and direct you to the parking lot.
  • Dodger Stadium Express - On game days, Metro offers a free shuttle (non-ticket holders pay a small fee) from Union Station to Dodger Stadium.
Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles. [Photo Credit:] STAPLES Center in Downtown Los Angeles

Los Angeles Lakers - Men's Basketball
Venue: Staples Center, downtown Los Angeles
Schedule: Pre-Season: October 4 to 21, 2016; Regular Season is TBD

Los Angeles Clippers - Men's Basketball
Venue: Staples Center
Schedule: 2016-2017 Schedule is TBD

Los Angeles Sparks - Women's Basketball
Venue: Staples Center
Schedule: May 15 - September 16, 2016

Los Angeles Kings - Ice Hockey
Venue: Staples Center
Schedule: September 25, 2016 to April 9, 2017

Los Angeles Derby Dolls - Roller Derby
Venue: The Dollosseum, 4900 Alhambra Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90032
Schedule: January 9 - December 10, 2016
Description: Classic roller derby action on a banked roller skating track. The L.A. Derby Dolls is a league comprised of four local teams that meet for two matches per month, except July. Championships begin in December. The L.A. Ri-Ettes are L.A. Derby Dolls' all-star team that competes on a national level.

More Sports Teams in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Rams - Football
Venue: Coliseum in Exposition Park
Schedule: Pre-Season: August 13 to September 1, 2016; Regular: September 12, 2016 to January 1, 2017
Description: The Rams have been officially approved by the NFL to return to Los Angeles for the 2016 season. The team will build a new stadium in Inglewood, which is estimated to be completed by 2019.

Giovani dos Santos of the L.A. Galaxy. [Photo Credit: Robert Mora and Hana Asano / L.A. Galaxy] Giovani dos Santos of the L.A. Galaxy

Los Angeles Galaxy - Soccer
Venue: StubHub Center, Carson
Schedule: March 6 - October 23, 2016
Description: L.A.'s championship Major League Soccer (MLS) soccer team. The club also fields a United Soccer League (USL) team called LA Galaxy II.

Los Angeles Football Club - Soccer
Venue: Exposition Park
Schedule: TBD in 2018
Description: Announced in October 2014, the LAFC team owners include celebrities such as Earvin "Magic" Johnson (basketball player), Will Ferrell (Hollywood actor) and Tony Robbins (motivational speaker). Construction of a new arena will begin around June 2016, at the site of the Sports Arena, next to the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.

Carson Bobcats - Women's Football
Venue: Carson High School
Schedule: April 9 through June 4, 2016
Description: The Carson Bobcats are the newest members of the Independent Women's Football League (IWFL). Led by Head Coach Bobby Hosea, the Carson Bobcats bring a veteran roster and coaching staff to the league. Known for his Helmet Free Tackle Training program, Coach Hosea also hopes to share the benefits of safer tackling with the world of women's football by showcasing the technique used by the Bobcats.

UCLA Sports - UCLA Buins website - sports teams and sports programs offered by the Universtiy of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) in Westwood

USC Sports - USC Trojans website - sports teams and sports programs offered by the University of Southern California (USC) next to Exposition Park near downtown Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Marathon - Annual 26.2 mile run through the streets of Los Angeles. This year's race was held on February 14, 2016. The next race will be held on March 19, 2017.

Sports Teams in Anaheim

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - Baseball
Venue: Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Schedule: March 31 - October 2, 2016
Description: Originally known as the Los Angeles Angels, the team has gone through a couple of name changes (California Angels and Anaheim Angels), although their home field has been at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (formerly known as Anaheim Stadium) from 1965 to present. Angel Stadium of Anaheim is close to Disneyland.

L.A. Kiss Football. [Photo Credit: L.A. Kiss Football]

L.A. Kiss - Arena Football
Venue: Honda Center, Anaheim
Schedule: April 2 - August 1, 2016
Description: Sponsored by the rock band, Kiss. Arena football is based on American football, and features performances, shows and sound effects between the plays and during half time. There is never a dull moment in arena football.

Anaheim Ducks - Ice Hockey
Venue: Honda Center, Anaheim
Schedule: September 27, 2016 to April 9, 2017
Description: Hockey team that inspired a Disney movie. Honda Center is near Disneyland.

Los Angeles Minor League Baseball Teams

These Class A minor league baseball teams are members of the California League. They are about a one-hour drive from downtown Los Angeles, although if you're a fan of baseball then it's worth the trip. Minor League games are exciting and no matter where you sit, you'll have a great view (compared to Dodger Stadium or Angel Stadium).
Schedule: April 7 to September 5, 2016

Lancaster JetHawks - Houston Astros affiliate in Lancaster, about 70 miles north of downtown L.A.

Inland Empire 66ers - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim affiliate in San Bernardino, about 60 miles east of downtown L.A.

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes - Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate in Rancho Cucamonga, about 40 miles east of downtown L.A.

Lake Elsinore Storm - San Diego Padres affiliate in Lake Elsinore, about 70 miles east of downtown L.A.

High Desert Mavericks - Seattle Mariners affiliate in Adelanto, about 85 miles northeast of downtown L.A.

Sports Venues in or near Los Angeles

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. [Photo Credit:] Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Dodger Stadium, Elysian Park. See above for more information about tours and visiting the year-round stadium gift shop.

Honda Center (formerly known as the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim) - Anaheim event center, home of the Mighty Ducks. Sporting events, concerts, entertainment. Calendar of Events, Box Office info. (Near Disneyland in Orange County)

Los Angeles Coliseum - Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena. Home field for the USC Trojans football team, as well as occasional sporting events and foot races. The Sports Arena is adjacent to the Coliuseum and hosts occasional basketball and hockey games, plus boxing matches.

The Forum - in Inglewood, former home of the Lakers and other sports teams. The Forum is now used for a variety of events, such as concerts, conventions and occasional sporting events.

STAPLES Center - Located near the Financial District in downtown Los Angeles, this is the home court of the Lakers, Kings, Clippers and Sparks. The site of many concert and special events. The website has a calendar of events, seating chart and more.

StubHub Center (formerly Home Depot Center) - Home of the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team. Located in Carson, about 20 miles south of downtown L.A. (10 miles west of Long Beach).

Auto Speedways near Los Angeles

AAA Auto Club Speedway - Formerly known as the California Speedway, the track is now sponsored by the AAA Auto Club. offers seasonal NASCAR auto racing and high-performance dragster racing. Located in Fontana (near San Bernardino, about 50 miles east of downtown L.A.)

Long Beach Grand Prix - The annual Indy Car race event held on the public streets of Long Beach. The streets are closed each year for three days during April so that Indy Cars can race through business districts, along the shoreline, and within view of tourist attractions such as Aquarium of the Pacific, Shoreline Village and the Queen Mary. The event also features live entertainment and automobile exhibits.

Toyota Speedway of Irwindale - Offers a wide variety of auto and motor vehicle racing events, including stock car racing, sprint cars, midget cars, drag strip racing, motorcycles, monster trucks and various NASCAR events. Located in Irwindale, around 25 miles northeast of downtown L.A.

LA County Raceway - Now closed. Los Angeles County Raceway was an NHRA Championship Drag Strip and motocross track, located in Palmdale (Antelope Valley). The track was closed in 2007 and is presently seeking a new location.

Race Car Experiences (drive on an actual race track)

L.A. Racing - (Irwindale Speedway) - Drive a stock car for a number of laps, or those with more skill can take a course to learn more about the track and then race against other drivers.

Andretti Racing - (AAA Club Speedway, Fontana) - Indy car ride-alongs and driving experiences.

Exotic and Classic Car Rentals (drive the car on city streets)

Gotham Dream Cars - choose from Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghini or other performance and luxury cars.

Regency Car Rentals - Classic, exotic, prestige and other high-end cars.

Horse Racing Tracks

Los Alamitos Race Course - east of downtown LA

Santa Anita Park - Santa Anita is one of the most popular race tracks in Los Angeles. Located in Arcadia (near Pasadena), 14 miles northeast of downtown L.A., the track offers seasonal live horse racing.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (near San Diego) - 20 miles north of San Diego (100 miles south of LA). Seasonal live horse races.

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