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Sports in Los Angeles

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Native Hawaiian Herman Wedemeyer was a fan favorite of the Los Angeles Dons before being traded to Baltimore.
Native Hawaiian Herman Wedemeyer was a fan favorite of the Los Angeles Dons before being traded to Baltimore.

The Los Angeles metropolitan area is home to several professional and collegiate sports teams. The Greater Los Angeles Area has eleven major league professional teams: the Anaheim Ducks, the Los Angeles Angels, the Los Angeles Chargers, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles FC, LA Galaxy, the Los Angeles Kings, the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Sparks, and the Los Angeles Rams. USC Trojans football, UCLA Bruins men's basketball, USC Trojans baseball, USC Trojans track & field, and Cal State Fullerton Titans baseball are all historically premier organizations in college sports. Other major sports teams include UCLA Bruins Football, Pepperdine Waves baseball, and formerly the Los Angeles Raiders and Los Angeles Aztecs. Between them, these Los Angeles area sports teams have won a combined 105 championship titles. Los Angeles area colleges have produced upwards of 200 national championship teams, primarily from USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins of the Pac-12 Conference.

Los Angeles is home to a variety of sporting venues including the two National Historic Landmarks, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the Rose Bowl, the multi-purpose arena , Staples Center, and the roof-covered SoFi stadium. Los Angeles has hosted the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics. In 2028, the city will host the Olympics for a third time. Los Angeles also hosted games of the 1994 FIFA World Cup[1] and will host the MLB All-Star Game in 2020.[2] It will also host the Super Bowl for an eighth time when they host Super Bowl LVI in 2022.[3] The USGA has also decided to bring the Golf US Open back to Los Angeles in 2023 and will be hosted in the L.A. Country Club.[4] The geography and weather of Los Angeles also make Los Angeles a hub for surfing, and beach volleyball.

Major league professional teams

Location of major league teams in Greater Los Angeles area

Los Angeles is home to major league sports teams from all five major leagues — MLB, MLS, the NBA, the NFL, and the NHL — as well as one team in the WNBA, a top level women's league. The following are the major professional teams in the Los Angeles area.

Club League Venue Attendance Founded Established
in L.A.
Titles
in L.A.
Los Angeles Angels Major League Baseball Angel Stadium 37,277 1961 1961 1
Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium 46,216 1883 1958 5[a 1]
Anaheim Ducks National Hockey League Honda Center 15,887 1993 1993 1
Los Angeles Kings Staples Center 18,178 1967 1967 2
Los Angeles Clippers National Basketball Association 19,226 1970 1984 0
Los Angeles Lakers 18,997 1947 1960 11[a 2]
Los Angeles Sparks Women's National Basketball Association 10,998 1997 1997 3
Los Angeles FC Major League Soccer Banc of California Stadium 22,000 2018 2018 0
LA Galaxy Dignity Health Sports Park 23,136 1996 1996 5
Los Angeles Chargers National Football League 27,000 1960 1960, 2017 0[a 3]
Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 77,500 1936 1946, 2016 1[a 4]
  1. ^ Does not include 1955 World Series won in Brooklyn.
  2. ^ Does not include five championships won in Minneapolis.
  3. ^ Does not include 1963 AFL Championship Game won in San Diego
  4. ^ Does not include 1945 NFL Championship Game won in Cleveland or Super Bowl XXXIV won in St. Louis.

Baseball

The Los Angeles area is one of four metropolitan areas to host two Major League Baseball teams—the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League and the Los Angeles Angels in the American League.

L.A Dodgers Stadium
L.A Dodgers Stadium

The Dodgers were founded in Brooklyn, New York in 1883; they officially adopted the name Dodgers in 1932. The team moved to Los Angeles before the 1958 season and played four consecutive seasons at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before they moved to their current home stadium, Dodger Stadium, in 1962. The Dodgers are one of the most valuable franchises in MLB. They have won six World Series championships and twenty three National League pennants[5]. Eleven NL MVP award winners have played for the Dodgers, winning a total of thirteen MVP Awards; eight Cy Young Award winners have also pitched for the Dodgers, winning a total of twelve Cy Young Awards. The team has even had eighteen Rookie of the Year Award winners, twice as many as the next closest team, including four consecutive from 1979 to 1982 and five consecutive from 1992 to 1996[6]. Los Angeles and the Dodgers are set to host the MLB All-Star Game in summer of 2020.[2]

Anaheim Angels stadium has served as the home of the Los Angeles Angeles since its opening in 1966
Anaheim Angels stadium has served as the home of the Los Angeles Angeles since its opening in 1966


The Los Angeles Angels are an American professional baseball franchise based in Anaheim, California. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) West division. The current MLB franchise was established as one of the league's first two expansion teams in 1961 by Gene Autry, a famous singing cowboy actor in a series of films in the 1930s to 1950s. The Los Angeles Angels played their home games at Los Angeles Wrigley Field and moved in 1962 to newly built Dodger Stadium, which the Angels referred to as Chavez Ravine, where they were tenants of the Los Angeles Dodgers through 1965. In 1966, they moved to their own stadium, the Angel Stadium, and it has served as the home ballpark of the Angels since then. The year 2002 marked history for the Angeles as they won their first and only American League pennant and World Series when they defeated San Francisco Giants 4–3[5]. The Angeles have had many award winners including four NL MVP award winners ,two Cy Young Award winners and three Rookie of the Year Award winners[7].

Basketball

Los Angeles Lakers Main Logo
Los Angeles Lakers Main Logo

Los Angeles boasts two NBA teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers. Both share the Staples Center. The Lakers are one of the most valuable franchises in the NBA and have gained a considerable fanbase over the years. They have the most titles of all Los Angeles franchises, having gained 11 titles in LA and 16 overall. Their title count is second only to the Boston Celtics, who have 17 titles. The LA Lakers were founded as the Minneapolis Lakers, having moved to Southern California in 1960.

The LA Clippers were founded as the Buffalo Braves in 1970; in 1978, the team moved to San Diego and changed the nickname to Clippers; the team re-located from San Diego in 1984. They were one of three expansion teams to join the NBA that year, along with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Portland Trail Blazers. The Braves saw some success and reached the playoffs three times, led by league Most Valuable Player (MVP) Bob McAdoo. Conflicts with the Canisius Golden Griffins over the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium and the sale of the franchise led to them relocating from Buffalo, New York, to San Diego, California.

Los Angeles Clippers players stand up for the national anthem in 2007
Los Angeles Clippers players stand up for the national anthem in 2007

When he died in 2013, Lakers owner Jerry Buss also owned the city's WNBA franchise, the Los Angeles Sparks, which also plays at Staples Center. His family still owns the Lakers, but has since sold the Sparks to Guggenheim Partners, the current owners of the Dodgers. One year later, longtime Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA after derogatory statements he made became public, and was subsequently forced to sell the team. The franchise was purchased by former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer in August 2014. The Clippers plan to build a new arena in Inglewood, across from SoFi Stadium, by 2024 when their lease with Staples Center expires.

The table below shows the teams part of the Pacific region alongside the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers in the National Basketball Association.

Division Team City, State Arena Capacity Coordinates Founded Joined
Pacific Golden State Warriors San Francisco, California Chase Center 19,596 37°46′05″N 122°23′15″W / 37.768056°N 122.3875°W / 37.768056; -122.3875 (Golden State Warriors) 1946*
Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles, California Staples Center 19,060 34°02′35″N 118°16′02″W / 34.043056°N 118.267222°W / 34.043056; -118.267222 (Los Angeles Clippers) 1970*
Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles, California Staples Center 18,997 34°02′35″N 118°16′02″W / 34.043056°N 118.267222°W / 34.043056; -118.267222 (Los Angeles Lakers) 1947* 1948
Phoenix Suns Phoenix, Arizona Talking Stick Resort Arena 18,055 33°26′45″N 112°04′17″W / 33.445833°N 112.071389°W / 33.445833; -112.071389 (Phoenix Suns) 1968
Sacramento Kings Sacramento, California Golden 1 Center 17,500 38°38′57″N 121°31′05″W / 38.649167°N 121.518056°W / 38.649167; -121.518056 (Sacramento Kings) 1923* 1948

Football

Los Angeles Rams Text Logo Logo
Los Angeles Rams Text Logo Logo

The region has two National Football League (NFL) teams: the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams. The Rams originally played in LA from 1946 to 1994, while the Chargers shared LA with them for only one season in 1960. Los Angeles did not have an NFL team in between the 1994 season and the 2016 season. Immediately after the 1994 season, the Los Angeles Rams moved from suburban Anaheim, California to St. Louis, Missouri, and the Los Angeles Raiders returned to Oakland, California. Over the years between 1995 and 2016 there were multiple failed stadium proposals to bring back the NFL to Los Angeles and teams threatening to move in. On January 12, 2016, NFL owners voted 30–2 to allow the then St. Louis Rams to move back to Los Angeles, and allow for the construction of the stadium proposed by Rams owner Stan Kroenke over a plan proposed by the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers would still follow through with a move to Carson a year later in 2017 and plan on sharing the Rams' new stadium in Los Angeles.[8][9] The Rams play their home games at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Exposition Park until their new stadium, SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, is completed in 2020. For 2017 through 2019, the Chargers are playing in Carson at the soccer-specific Dignity Health Sports Park until the new shared stadium is complete. 2017 marked the first time since 1960 that the Rams and Chargers shared the same market and the first time since 1994 that the market had two NFL teams.

The Los Angeles Xtreme were a member of the XFL begun by Vince McMahon of World Wrestling Entertainment and by NBC, a major television network in the United States. The team played its home games in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in the spring of 2001 and won the only championship in XFL history as the league folded after only one season. The Los Angeles Wildcats plan to begin play in 2020 at Dignity Health Sports Park in the new XFL.

Los Angeles had multiple teams in the Arena Football League and American Football League, prior to the NFL. The Los Angeles Wildcats, also called "Wilson Wildcats", were a traveling team for the first AFL in 1926. The Los Angeles Bulldogs were members of AFL II (1937) and a minor AFL (1939) before joining the Pacific Coast Professional Football League. The original Los Angeles Chargers were a charter member of AFL IV, becoming the San Diego Chargers in 1961. The Los Angeles Mustangs were members of the short-lived American Football League in 1944. From 1983–1985 the Los Angeles Express was a team in the United States Football League.

Before the AFL collapsed after the 2008 season, the league included the Los Angeles Cobras and the Los Angeles Avengers. The Cobras played one season at the Los Angeles Sports Arena before folding, mostly due to lack of attendance. The Avengers played their home games at the Staples Center until they folded as well. The AFL was revived in 2010 and returned to the Los Angeles area in 2014 with a new team, the Los Angeles Kiss. The team, owned by a group that included Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, members of the rock band KISS, played in Anaheim at the Honda Center until folding in 2016.[10]

Hockey

The region has two NHL teams — the Los Angeles Kings, which entered the league when it doubled in size in 1967, and the Anaheim Ducks, which joined in 1993 as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Los Angeles Kings Full Team celebration
Los Angeles Kings Full Team celebration

The Los Angeles Kings are a professional ice hockey team based in Los Angeles. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team was founded on June 5, 1967, after Jack Kent Cooke was awarded an NHL expansion franchise for Los Angeles on February 9, 1966, becoming one of the six teams that began play as part of the 1967 NHL expansion. Prior to the Kings arrival in the Los Angeles area, both the Pacific Coast Hockey League (PCHL) and the Western Hockey League (WHL) had several teams in California, including the PCHL's Los Angeles Monarchs of the 1930s and the WHL's Los Angeles Blades of the 1960s.[11] When the NHL decided to expand for the 1967–68 season amid rumblings that the WHL was proposing to turn itself into a major league and compete for the Stanley Cup, five separate Los Angeles groups bidded for a hockey franchise, including ones led by Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson and Donna Reed's producer husband Tony Owen. Blades owner Dan Reeves, who was also proprietor of the National Football League's Los Angeles Rams, seemed the favorite for already having a team and a lease with the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. However, he would end up surpassed by Canadian entrepreneur Jack Kent Cooke, who owned the National Basketball Association's Los Angeles Lakers.[12]

Anaheim Ducks vs. Detroit Red Wings
Anaheim Ducks vs. Detroit Red Wings

The Anaheim Ducks are a professional ice hockey team based in Anaheim, California. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim were founded in 1993 by The Walt Disney Company. The franchise was awarded by the NHL in December 1992, along with the rights to a Miami team that became the Florida Panthers. An entrance fee of $50 million was required, half of which Disney paid to the Los Angeles Kings as compensation for sharing the Southern California NHL market.[13] On March 1, 1993, at the brand-new Anaheim Arena – located a short distance east of Disneyland and across the Orange Freeway from Angel Stadium – the team received its name, inspired by the 1992 Disney movie The Mighty Ducks, based on a group of misfit kids who turn their losing youth hockey team into a winning team.[14] Disney President Michael Eisner had already said on the December press conference that the film's success served as "our market research".[15] As a result of the name adoption, the arena was named "The Pond",[14] and Disney subsequently made an animated series called Mighty Ducks, featuring a fictional Mighty Ducks of Anaheim team consisting of anthropomorphized ducks led by the Mighty Duck Wildwing.[16]


Table below shows the main Ice Hokey teams from their respective cities in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

Sport League Team City
Ice hockey American Hockey League Bakersfield Condors Bakersfield
Ontario Reign Ontario
Palm Springs Palm Springs
San Diego Gulls San Diego
San Jose Barracuda San Jose
Stockton Heat Stockton

Soccer

The Los Angeles area hosts two teams in Major League Soccer, the top flight of the men's sport in the US—LA Galaxy, a charter member of the league, and Los Angeles FC, which began play in 2018. The Galaxy have five MLS championships, more than any other MLS team at present. The two teams play in "El Tráfico", the cross-town derby.

The Los Angeles Wolves were a member of the United Soccer Association, starting its first season in 1967. The Los Angeles Toros of the National Professional Soccer League also started its first season in 1967. When both leagues merged to form the North American Soccer League, the Wolves remained in Los Angeles while the Toros relocated and became the San Diego Toros in 1968. When the first season ended, both teams folded. Later, the NASL returned a team in Los Angeles by establishing the Los Angeles Aztecs in 1974. The Aztecs folded in 1981

Los Angeles Lazers was owned by Jerry Buss and played in the MISL from 1982–1988. Buss again owned the Los Angeles United in the CISL but after one season (1993) sold the team. The United relocated to Anaheim and became Anaheim Splash. The Los Angeles Sol played one season (2009) of Women's Professional Soccer before folding.

Most recently, Chivas USA was a member of Major League Soccer starting in 2005, but was shut down by the league in 2014.

Other sports in Los Angeles

Running

LA Marathon walkers

See also: Los Angeles Marathon

The Los Angeles Marathon is a running event held in the spring of each calendar year. it is a foot race run over a 26.2 mi (42.2 km) course takes the runners from Dodger Stadium across the City of Los Angeles to a scenic finish just steps from the Santa Monica Pier. Ever since it was first launched after the summer Olympics 1984, it has been an attracted place for professional as well as amateurs athletics from all over the world with a capacity of 24000 making it the fifth-largest-running event in the United States [17] [18].

Surfing

See also: Surf culture

Huntington Beach US Surfing Open
Huntington Beach US Surfing Open

The warm mediterranean climate as well as the miles of a scenic coastline with a variety of wave types from Malibu to the South Bay, Los Angeles is one of the favorite destinations to both amateurs and professional surfers across the world. Every summer of each year, Huntington Beach hosts the US Open of Surfing, the largest surfing competition in the world.[19]. Many other surfing events including the International Surf Festival, Surfing Dog Contests, and Ventura's Surf Rodeo are held annually in several Los Angeles County beach cities.

Beach Volleyball

Santa Monica Beach is believed to be the birthplace of Beach Volleyball
Santa Monica Beach is believed to be the birthplace of Beach Volleyball

Santa Monica is believed to be the birthplace of beach volleyball in the early 1920's[20]. The weather, the vast sand area and the abundant permanent courts make Los Angeles one of the hotspots for beach volleyball. The first official Beach Volleyball World Championships was held in Los Angeles in from 10 to 13, 1997[21]. Beach Volleyball has been an official Olympic sport since 1996, and during the 2028 Olympics, beach volleyball will be played as an Olympic sport for the first time in the city of Los Angeles[22]. Additionally, many other local beach volleyball tournaments for players of all skill levels are held by multiple entities in various beaches across the Los Angeles metropolitan area. In 2017, CBVA, California Beach Volleyball Association, hosted nearly 1,000 tournaments at 23 beaches in 11 skill or age divisions. There are approximately 8,000 members from California and beyond.[23]

Minor league and semi-pro teams


American football (XFL)

The Los Angeles Wildcats is a XFL team founded in 2018.

Baseball

The collegiate level East Los Angeles Dodgers and their rival the Orange County Angels in the Southern California Collegiate Baseball League.

Basketball

The metropolitan area has two teams in the NBA G League, each of which is owned by one of the area's two NBA teams. The Agua Caliente Clippers play in Ontario, and the South Bay Lakers play in El Segundo.

Gaelic football

The amateur sport of Gaelic football has been played in Los Angeles since the early 20th century. Los Angeles were national champions in 1959.[24]

The Cougars GFC [25] were founded in 2015 and play and train on the westside of Los Angeles. Primarily in Culver City/Santa Monica area. The Cougars season consists of attending tournaments in nearby San Diego, Colorado and the annual USGAA Nationals Championship. As of 2018, the Cougars membership consisted of approximately 50 members (male and female) with the club being 55% American, 45% Irish, some being complete beginners.

The Cougars also play in a 3-game series against their local rivals, The Wild Geese Gaelic Football Club, Inc. founded in 1978[26] who administers Gaelic football activities in nearby Orange County.

Ice hockey

The Ontario Reign was an ECHL team from 2008 to 2015. After a team swap with Manchester, New Hampshire, the new Ontario Reign began play in the American Hockey League in 2015.

Rugby league

Los Angeles's rugby league team the Los Angeles Raiders RLFC are a developing team in the USA Rugby League, formed in 2011. They were aimed to compete as a full team in 2012.[27]

Rugby union

The most prominent rugby club in Los Angeles is the Santa Monica Rugby Club, which competes in the Pacific Rugby Premiership.

The Los Angeles Rugby Club is the second oldest club in the Southern California Rugby Football Union[28]. The Club was founded in 1958 as the Universities Rugby Club. Founding members included Al Williams and Dick Hyland, members of the Gold Medal winning 1924 USA Olympic Rugby Team. Other rugby clubs include the LA Rebellion and the San Fernando Valley Rugby Club.

Soccer

The Los Angeles area also has multiple clubs in the United Soccer League, the Premier Development League, the United Premier Soccer League and the National Premier Soccer League scattered throughout the region: Orange County SC, Santa Ana Winds FC, LA Wolves FC, Moreno Valley FC, FC Golden State Force, Southern California Seahorses, Ventura County Fusion, City of Angels FC, Deportivo Coras USA, Orange County FC, Oxnard Guerreros FC, SoCal SC, and Temecula FC, to name some.

In addition, the Santa Clarita Blue Heat play in the UWS.

Ultimate

The Los Angeles Aviators are a member of the twenty-four team American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL), a professional ultimate frisbee league spanning the United States and Canada. The Aviators are one of six teams currently competing in the Western Division, and play a fourteen-game regular season against the five other teams in the division: San Francisco FlameThrowers, San Diego Growlers, Seattle Cascades, and San Jose Spiders.

College

The metropolitan area boasts 10 NCAA Division I athletic programs. The best-known are the two whose football teams compete in the top-level Football Bowl Subdivision, both of which are in the city of Los Angeles proper:

  • UCLA Bruins — Winners of 116 national team championships, and 259 individual national championships (364 total national championships).[29]
  • USC Trojans — Winners of 105 national team championships, and 357 individual national championships (448 total national championships).[29]

USC has 11 national championships in football and 7 Heisman Trophy winners. In men's basketball, UCLA has won more titles than any other school (11).[29] USC has also famously produced more Olympians, overall medalists, and gold medalists than any other American university. If USC were a country entering the 2016 Olympics, its record of 288 all-time medals would place it at rank 16 among all participating countries.[30]

The area's other Division I programs are:

Stadiums

Los Angeles is home to some of the most famous sports venues in the world. L.A. venues have hosted generations of legendary athletes and historic games, including two Olympiads, three Super Bowls, the World Series, NBA and WNBA championships, the Stanley Cup, the FIFA World Cup, NCAA championships.

Dodger Stadium

Dodger Stadium host many entreatment events
Dodger Stadium host many entreatment events

Dodger Stadiums is located in the Elysian Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, is the home field of Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers. Opened on April 10, 1962, it was constructed in less than three years at a cost of US$ 23 million. It is the oldest ballpark in MLB west of the Mississippi River, and third-oldest overall, after Fenway Park in Boston (1912) and Wrigley Field in Chicago (1914), and is the world's largest baseball stadium by seat capacity. Often referred to as a "pitcher's ballpark", the stadium has seen twelve no-hitters, two of which were perfect games.

The stadium hosted the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 1980—and will host in 2020—as well as games of 10 World Series (1963, 1965, 1966, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1988, 2017, and 2018). It also hosted the semifinals and finals of the 2009 and 2017 World Baseball Classics. It also hosted exhibition baseball during the 1984 Summer Olympics. It will also host baseball and softball during the 2028 Summer Olympics. The stadium is also one of the greatest entertainment venues in the country, hosting special events that range from the Beatles to the Pope. [31]

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

SuperBowl I,  Los Angeles Coliseum
SuperBowl I, Los Angeles Coliseum

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is located in the Exposition Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The stadium serves as the home to the University of Southern California(USC) Trojans football team. It is also the temporary home of the Los Angeles Rams until the completion of SoFi Stadium in Inglewood by 2020. The facility had a permanent seating capacity of 93,607 for USC football and Rams games, making it the largest football stadium in the Pac-12 Conference and the NFL.[32]. Conceived as a hallmark of civic pride, the Coliseum was commissioned in 1921 as a memorial to L.A. veterans of World War I. Completed in 1923, it will be the first stadium to have hosted the Summer Olympics three times: 1932, 1984, and 2028.[33]It was declared a National Historic Landmark on July 27, 1984, the day before the opening ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics. The Coliseum is jointly owned by the State of California, Los Angeles County, City of Los Angeles and is managed and operated by the Auxiliary Services Department of the University of Southern California.[34]

Rose Bowl Stadium

Rose Bowl Stadium satellite view
Rose Bowl Stadium satellite view

The Rose Bowl is a sport stadium, located in Pasadena, California, a northeast suburb of Los Angeles. Opened in October 1922, the stadium is recognized as a National Historic Landmark and a California Historic Civil Engineering landmark[35]. At a modern capacity of an all-seated configuration at 92,542, the Rose Bowl is the 15th-largest stadium in the world, the 11th-largest stadium in the United States, and the 10th largest NCAA stadium. the Rose Bowl is one of the most famous

venues in sporting history,[36] Since 1982, it has also served as the home stadium of the UCLA Bruins football team. The stadium has also hosted five Super Bowl games, second most of any venue. The Rose Bowl is also a noted soccer venue, having hosted the 1994 FIFA World Cup Final, 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, and the 1984 Olympic Gold Medal Match, as well as numerous CONCACAF and United States Soccer Federation matches.[37]

STAPLES Center

Staples Center is a multi-purpose arena in Downtown Los Angeles located next to the Los Angeles Convention Center complex along Figueroa Street. The arena opened on October 17, 1999. The arena is home venue to the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL), the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League (AFL) and the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League were also tenants; the Avengers were folded in 2009, and the D-Fenders moved to the Lakers' practice facility at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California for the 2011–12 season.[38] Staples Center is also host to over 250 events and nearly 4 million guests each year[39]. It is the only arena in the NBA shared by two teams, as well as one of only two North American professional sports venues to host two teams from the same league; MetLife Stadium, the home of the National Football League's New York Giants and New York Jets, is the other. Staples Center is the venue of the Grammy Awards ceremony and will host the basketball competition during the 2028 Summer Olympics.


List of Los Angeles venues

Stadium City Capacity Type Tenants Opened
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum[40][41] Los Angeles 77,500 Football USC Trojans football, Los Angeles Rams 1923
Rose Bowl[42] Pasadena 92,542 Football UCLA Bruins football; Rose Bowl Game 1922
Dodger Stadium[43] Los Angeles 56,000 Baseball Los Angeles Dodgers 1962
Angel Stadium of Anaheim[44] Anaheim 45,477 Baseball Los Angeles Angels 1966
Dignity Health Sports Park Carson 27,000 Soccer LA Galaxy, Los Angeles Chargers 2003
Banc of California Stadium Los Angeles 22,000 Soccer Los Angeles FC 2018
Staples Center Los Angeles 18,997 Arena Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers,
Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Sparks
1999
Honda Center Anaheim 17,174 Arena Anaheim Ducks 1993
The Forum Inglewood 17,505 Arena 1967
Pauley Pavilion Los Angeles 13,800 Arena UCLA Bruins men's basketball 1965
Long Beach Arena Long Beach 11,719 Arena 1962
Toyota Arena Ontario 10,832 Arena Agua Caliente Clippers, Ontario Reign, Ontario Fury 2008
Galen Center Los Angeles 10,258 Arena USC Trojans men's basketball 2006

Future venues

SoFi Stadium ,[45] formerly Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park, is an ETFE roof–covered stadium and entertainment complex under construction in Inglewood, California, United States. It is located at the former site of the Hollywood Park Racetrack, approximately three miles (5 km) from Los Angeles International Airport, immediately southeast of The Forum.

Planned to open in 2020, the stadium will serve as the home to the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). It is also scheduled to host Super Bowl LVI in February 2022 and the College Football Playoff National Championship in January 2023. During the 2028 Summer Olympics, the stadium is expected to host the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as soccer. Archery will be held on the grounds outside the stadium.

SoFi Stadium will be the third stadium, and second to be in current use, since the 1970 AFL–NFL merger to be shared by two NFL teams (MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, New Jersey, is home to the New York Giants and New York Jets, as was its predecessor, Giants Stadium). It will be the fourth facility in the Los Angeles area to host multiple teams from the same league as Staples Center is home to both of the city's National Basketball Association (NBA) teams, the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers, Dignity Health Sports Park for a time hosted both the LA Galaxy and now-defunct Chivas USA of Major League Soccer, and Dodger Stadium hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels from 1962 to 1965.

SoFi Stadium under construction in 2018
SoFi Stadium under construction in 2018

The stadium is a component of Hollywood Park, a master planned neighborhood in development on the site of the former Hollywood Park Racetrack. Hollywood Park Casino opened in October 2016, becoming the first establishment to open on the property.[46]


Stadium City Capacity Type Tenants Opening (planned)
SoFi Stadium Inglewood 70,240 Football Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams 2020

Proposed venues

The Los Angeles Clippers are currently pursuing a new arena in Inglewood. The arena has not yet been approved and lawsuits are currently pending. [47] [48]

Olympic & Paralympic Games

Los Angeles hosted the Summer Olympic Games twice. The city first hosted the games in 1932 and hosted once again in 1984. Los Angeles has made a total of ten Summer Olympic bids in its history, more than any other city. Los Angeles along with Athens and Paris are the three cities that have hosted the Summer Olympic Games twice. Los Angeles will host the 2028 Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games and will become the third city to host the Olympics three times, after London (1908, 1948, 2012) and Paris (1900, 1924, 2024).

1932 Olympic Games

The Opening Ceremony of the 1932 Summer Olympics
The Opening Ceremony of the 1932 Summer Olympics

The 1932 Summer Olympics marked the first time Los Angeles staged the Olympic Games. It took place during the Great Depression and the games were reported to have produced a $1 million profit for the city.[49] Los Angeles was the only city to submit a bid for the 1932 edition of the Summer Olympics and was selected as the host city at the 21st IOC Session in Rome in 1923. That same year, Lake Placid hosted the 1932 Winter Olympics. The 1932 Summer Olympics marked the second time the US had hosted the Summer Olympics, with St. Louis hosting the 1904 Summer Olympics.

The United States won a total of 103 medals during the games, including 41 gold medals[50].

Since the games were the tenth edition of the modern Olympic Games, Tenth Street was renamed Olympic Boulevard. Today Olympic Blvd is home to multiple attractions, such as the Grammy Museum.

1984 Olympic Games

The Opening Ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics
The Opening Ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics

The 1984 Summer Olympics marked the second time Los Angeles had staged the Olympic Games. Much like the 1932 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles was the only city to submit a bid. Los Angeles was elected as the host city at the 80th IOC Session in Athens in 1978. The cost overruns of the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal discouraged cities to bid. Los Angeles depended on existing venues and infrastructure to host the games. The games produced a $200 million profit and are considered the most successful edition of the Olympic Games.[51]

Despite the success Los Angeles had as a host city, the games were boycotted by fourteen Eastern Bloc countries, including the Soviet Union. Romania and Yugoslavia however, did not take part in the boycott and competed at the 1984 Summer Olympics. The United States and many other NATO nations had boycotted the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow four years earlier.

The United States won a total of 174 medals, including 83 gold medals[52].

2028 Olympic & Paralympic Games

Aerial view of the site of SoFi Stadium, the future home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. It is expected to be completed for the 2020 NFL season. It will also host the main opening ceremony for the 2028 Summer Olympics.
Aerial view of the site of SoFi Stadium, the future home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. It is expected to be completed for the 2020 NFL season. It will also host the main opening ceremony for the 2028 Summer Olympics.

Los Angeles will host the 2028 Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games. This will mark the third time the Olympic Games are held in Los Angeles and the first time the city stages the Paralympic Games. The city will join London and Paris as the only cities to have hosted the Olympics three times.

Upon the USOC reaching a new revenue sharing agreement with the IOC, Los Angeles had been mentioned as a possible bidding city for the 2024 Summer Olympics.[53] In March 2013, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sent a letter to the USOC confirming the city's interest in bidding for the 2024 Olympics.[54] On September 1, 2015 Los Angeles was chosen as the U.S. candidate to bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics after the USOC withdrew Boston's bid for the 2024 Olympics.[55] After Rome, Hamburg and Budapest withdrew their bids for the 2024 Olympics, only Los Angeles and Paris remained in the race. The IOC then decided to award both Paris and Los Angeles with future editions of the Olympic Games. In July 2017, an agreement was made which secured the 2024 Olympics for Paris and the 2028 Olympics for Los Angeles. Both cities were unanimously elected at the 131st IOC Session in Lima on September 13, 2017.

The 2028 Summer Paralympics will mark the first time the Paralympic Games are held in Los Angeles. Before Los Angeles hosted the 1984 Summer Olympics, the 1984 Summer Paralympics were held in New York City.

Unsuccessful bids

Aside from securing the right to host the 1932, 1984 and 2028 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles has made frequent Olympic bids in the past. Out of the ten bids which the USOC had submitted to the IOC over the years, seven previous official bids were unsuccessful. Los Angeles submitted bids for the 1924, 1928, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1976 and 1980 Summer Olympics, but lost to Paris, Amsterdam, London, Helsinki, Melbourne, Montreal and Moscow respectively.

Los Angeles had expressed interest to the USOC about bidding for the Olympics on multiple occasions, while failing to secure the USOC's support. Seventeen years after hosting the 1984 Olympics, the city became interested in bidding for the 2012 Summer Olympics, but the USOC chose to submit New York City's bid to the IOC. New York ultimately lost to London.[56] Los Angeles later bid to be the US candidate for the 2016 Summer Olympics, but the USOC decided to submit Chicago's bid to the IOC. Chicago ultimately lost to Rio de Janeiro. Following Chicago's defeat, Los Angeles again expressed interest in bidding for a future edition of the Olympic Games. In November 2011 a delegation from Los Angeles attended a seminar at the IOC headquarters for cities interested in bidding on future editions of the Olympic Games.[57] The USOC declined to submit a bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics, which was ultimately won by Tokyo. In February 2012, Los Angeles hosted the 5th IOC World Conference on Women and Sport which was attended by then-IOC President Jacques Rogge as well as IOC members.[58][59] At the conference Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and IOC Member Anita DeFrantz stated that the city would be interested in hosting the Olympic Games a third time.[60]

International and National Tournaments

Throughout the history of Los Angeles, several national and international sporting events have taken place in the city.

Soccer Tournaments

1994 FIFA World Cup

The Rose Bowl hosted the 1994 FIFA World Cup Final (c. 2008)
The Rose Bowl hosted the 1994 FIFA World Cup Final (c. 2008)

In 1994 the United States hosted the FIFA World Cup. The Rose Bowl in Pasadena hosted eight matches, including the final where Brazil defeated Italy 3–2 on penalties.

Date Stage Opponents Score Stadium
18 June Group A Colombia vs Romania 1–3 Rose Bowl 
19 June Group B Cameroon vs Sweeden 2–2
22 June Group A USA vs Colombia 2–1
26 June Group A USA vs Romania 0–1
3 July Round of 16 Romania vs Argentina 3–2
13 July Semi-Final Sweeden vs Brazil 0–1
16 July Third Place Sweeden vs Bulgaria 4–0
17 July Final Brazil vs Italy 0–0 (3–2)

2026 FIFA World Cup

Los Angeles is among the 23 candidate host cities, a list which will be shortened to 16, for the 2026 FIFA World Cup that will be held in three different countries, the United States, Canada and Mexico[61]. The Rose Bowl, along with SoFi Stadium are two venues in the LA area that could host matches during the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The SoFi Stadium is also a possible candidate for the tournament final [61].

1999 & 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup

Los Angeles was one of the host cities for the 1999 and 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup.

The Rose Bowl hosted four matches during the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup including the final where the United States defeated China 5–4 on penalties.

The United States hosted the FIFA Women's World Cup again in 2003 after China withdrew as hosts due to the SARS outbreak. The Home Depot Center, now known as Dignity Health Sports Park, in Carson was one of the venues that was used in the event. The venue hosted six games, including the final where Germany defeated Sweden 2–1 in sudden death.

Other soccer tournaments

The Rose Bowl hosted three matches during the 2016 Copa América and host hosted matches during the CONCACAF Gold Cup on multiple occasions. Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson as well as the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum have also hosted matches during the CONCACAF Gold Cup over the years.

Super Bowls

The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL) typically played annually between the champion of the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The Los Angeles area has hosted the Super Bowl seven times in two different venues , the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the Rose Bowl. The city ranks third on the list of having hosted the most number of Super Bowls, after Miami and New Orleans [62].

Los Angeles will host the Super Bowl for an eighth time when they host Super Bowl LVI in 2022 which will be held at SoFi Stadium.[63]

YEAR EVENT OPPONENTS VENUE
1967 Super Bowl I Kansas City Chiefs vs Green Bay Packers Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
1973 Super Bowl VII Miami Dolphins vs Washington Redskins
1977 Super Bowl XI Oakland Raiders vs Minnesota Vikings Rose Bowl
1980 Super Bowl XIV Los Angeles Rams vs Pittsburgh Steelers
1983 Super Bowl XVII Miami Dolphins vs Washington Redskins
1987 Super Bowl XXI Denver Broncos vs New York Giants
1993 Super Bowl XXVII Buffalo Bills vs Dallas Cowboys
2022 Super Bowl LVI N/A SoFi Stadium

MLB All-Star Game

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also known as the "Midsummer Classic", is an annual professional baseball game sanctioned by Major League Baseball (MLB) contested between the All-Stars from the American League (AL) and National League (NL). Los Angeles metropolitan area area have hosted the MLB All-Star Game four times and it is set to host it for the fifth time in the summer of 2020.[2]

Date City Stadium Host Team Host League
August 3, 1959 Los Angeles Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles Dodgers MLB
July 11, 1967 Anaheim Anaheim Stadium Los Angeles Angels AL
July 8, 1980 Los Angeles Dodger Stadium Los Angeles Dodgers MLB
July 11, 1989 Anaheim Anaheim Stadium Los Angeles Angels AL
July 14, 2020 Los Angeles Dodger Stadium Los Angeles Dodgers MLB

U.S. Open 2023

After 75 years of being held in other US cities, The U.S. Open will be back to Los Angeles in 2023[64]. The tournament will be held in Los Angeles Country Club[64].

Special Olympics

Los Angeles has served as host of the Special Olympics on two occasions.

Los Angeles first hosted the Special Olympics World Summer Games in 1972. On September 15, 2011, it was announced that Los Angeles would host the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The games were held between July 24 to August 2, 2015.

College Football Playoff National Championship

Los Angeles will host the 9th edition of the College football national championship at SoFi Stadium in January of 2023.

Aside from hosting various incarnations of the championship game, Los Angeles area hosts the annual Tournament of Roses college foot ball game, commonly known as the Rose Bowl Game annually on New Years day.

Boxing

Boxing matches have been held throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area. Venues that have held boxing matches include Ocean Park Arena, Hollywood Legion Stadium, Naud Junction, Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Wrigley Field, Dodger Stadium, Valley Garden Arena, Los Angeles Sports Arena, The Forum, Microsoft Theater, Staples Center and StubHub Center.

Cricket

The 2016 ICC World Cricket League Division Four tournament was held at the Leo Magnus Cricket Complex in Woodley Park, Van Nuys, Los Angeles between October 28 and November 5, 2016, involving national teams from Bermuda, Denmark, Italy, Jersey, Oman, and the United States.

League of Legends World Championships

Los Angeles has played host to the 2013 and 2016 League of Legends World Championship Finals.

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