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Where to Enjoy the Best Sports and Events in Southern California
You’ll find dozens of sports venues and event grounds across Southern California so plan your trip around NFL and NBA games, horse racing, and skiing or snowboarding activities. Whether you’re in San Diego or Los Angeles, you can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities and sporting events across the region in any given season.
Some of the biggest sports venues have become cultural landmarks and you can take a tour of the stadium or event grounds during the off season to learn more about the history of sports and your favorite teams. Take a tour of Dodger Stadium or head to the Staples Center for sports events, music concerts, and other national events. The Memorial Coliseum and the Honda Center also host a number of sporting events throughout the year and put you within easy reach of several great restaurants and attractions.
If you’re cheering on a professional sports team, you’ll be able to watch everything from NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, MiLB, and MLS games and matches at several major sports venues across Southern California. Get tickets for games at the StubHub Center, plan your vacation around the Rose Bowl, or head to Petco Park for a day of sports and fun.
Hockey fans can head to the Honda Center to watch their favorite hockey teams in action. The multi-purpose arena has been hosting ice hockey games since 1993 and is now a popular destination for watching a number of sporting events, including UFC events, the Big West Conference Basketball Tournaments, and live concerts from world-class musicians.
Angel Stadium in Anaheim is another historic site and is located just southeast of Los Angeles. It’s now the fourth oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball and accommodates up to 46,000 baseball fans. In addition to sports games, the venue hosts movies, concerts, and high school games. This is the place to watch the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in action.
You’ll find a couple of horse racing destinations in Southern California and many host tournaments and other events throughout the year. The Hollywood Park Racetrack is one of the most popular destinations in the region, the place where the famous Seabiscuit won the Hollywood Gold Cup.
You can head here between April and mid-July to watch live horse races or just settle in for simulcast racing any other time of the year. Many visitors head here to enjoy a meal at the Turf Club that provides views of the finish line. You can also play poker at the Hollywood Park Casino on the grounds. The Del Mar Race Track is another popular destination for horse racing enthusiasts.
Race car fans can enjoy a number of racing activities and special events at Auto Club Speedway. The speedway features a two-mile asphalt track and is just a short drive from Rancho Cucamonga.
Skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts will find a wealth of activities to enjoy around the Snow Summit Ski Area in Big Bear. This family ski resort is a popular destination for winter vacations and is a great way to enjoy the Inland Empire. It’s located in the San Bernardino National Forest and features 240 acres of land with 14 ski lifts.
During the summer time, you can head here to see beautiful views of the mountains by taking the summertime chair lift ride. If you’re in the mood for a biking adventure, make your way to the trails that surround the summit for mountain biking and trekking.
You’ll never be at a loss of sporting events and activities around Southern California. Whether you want to cheer on your favorite NFL team, watch ice hockey tournaments, or head to the horse racing tracks, you can participate in some of Southern California’s top sporting events at several destinations across the region. Plan your stay around football, ice hockey, basketball, or racing season to make the most of your visit.