Get to Know Los Angeles’ Sports Teams

Clayton Kershaw of Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017. Photo by Peter Joneleit/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (8840430h)

When visiting Los Angeles, there are tons of sites to see—like Hollywood and Beverly Hills—but the Californian city is also home to some of the most famous sports arenas in the country. Even though LA doesn’t have a National Football League team, the sports teams and arenas are well worth checking out for any sports lover. Here’s everything you need to know before planning your visit to LA.

Staples Center

Home to the LA Lakers, LA Sparks, and LA Kings—the Staples Center is a multipurpose sports arena located in Downtown LA. The Lakers have won 16 National Championships and had some of the best players—like Wilt Chamberlin, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neill, and Kobe Bryant.

Dodgers Stadium

Dodgers Stadium is the third oldest ballpark in MLB and is often referred to as “pitcher’s ballpark.” The stadium is home to the Dodgers, who have won six World Series titles and 21 national league pennants. The Dodgers have had famous players including Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Jackie Robinson, Duke Snyder, Greg Maddux, Pedro Martinez, and Clayton Kershaw.

The Coliseum

The LA Coliseum is home to the USC Trojans, and it’s the first stadium to have hosted the Olympic Games twice—in 1932 and 1984. It has also hosted World Series and Super Bowls. In 1984, it was declared a National Historic Landmark, and since then, it’s undergone many changes. The Olympic Torch, which still stands and is lit during the USC football games and special occasions, was built for the two games held in the Coliseum.