Los Angeles is undoubtedly one of the best places on the planet for live entertainment. Perhaps this makes the bounty and variety of live sports available in LA expected, but the sheer volume of exciting live action here is still enough to surprise you. Whether you’re looking for pro baseball, college summer sports, soccer, racing or even football, Los Angeles is the right place to be.
After a great 2013 season that culminated in a National League Championship appearance, the Dodgers will spend this summer fighting for their rightful spot atop the MLB. Behind pitching phenomenon Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers seem poised for another deep postseason run, so don’t miss your chance to catch the action in person.
Not to be outdone by their Dodgers neighbors are the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. With a high-flying offense that boasts household baseball names like Albert Pujols and Mike Trout, the Angels provide an outstanding baseball viewing experience. The Halos blasted 77 home runs in 81 home games last season with a less powerful offense, so you can expect to see somebody go deep nearly every time you visit the Angels Stadium of Anaheim.
It’s probably no surprise that beautiful, warm LA is a baseball hotspot. Several Class A minor league teams are located less than an hour away from the city, including affiliates of the Dodgers, Angels, San Diego Padres and many other MLB teams.
This MLS soccer club has won its league’s championship twice in the last three seasons, and has won four championships total since 2002. With dominant play from a roster packed with all-star players, the Galaxy will battle other American soccer clubs throughout the summer in hopes of returning to their winning ways.
Chivas USA is the relative newcomer, having joined the MLS in 2004. The Red and White now boast a competitive roster and a talented coaching staff. The MLS regular season runs from February to October, so catching a game in summer will put you right in the middle of an exciting season.
The rivalry between the University of Southern California and the University of Central Los Angeles is notoriously heated. A stop in LA affords sports fans the opportunity to witness this rivalry take place all summer long, through baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse and other exciting summer sports. Don’t miss out on witnessing either of these elite athletic colleges exhibiting their proud summer programs this year.
A live Arena League Football game is a truly unique experience, even when your city’s team isn’t sponsored by the eponymous legendary rock band. The AFL season runs from mid-March to late July, so check out this one-of-a-kind sports scene soon. Did we mention there are guitar solos and fiery explosions between plays?
If pyrotechnics and hard-hitting team sports aren’t your style, try visiting LA’s fine horse racing tracks. Santa Anita is one of the finest and most popular parks for horse racing in the area, and it’s located less than 15 miles away from downtown LA. Fairplex Park, Hollywood Park and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club are all fine destinations for seasonal live races.
Fans of NASCAR and other forms of high-powered automobile racing need look no further than the numerous noteworthy racing sites near LA. Both the AAA Auto Club Speedway and the Toyota Speedway of Irwindale host various NASCAR events, and the annual Long Beach Grand Prix is held on the streets of the city.