The Championship Venues of Los Angeles

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum peristyle | Photo courtesy of L.A. Coliseum

Los Angeles is the City of Champions, home to some of the greatest 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, and much more. Read on and discover the world-class stadiums and arenas of L.A.

 

Dodger Stadium | Photo courtesy of southerncal88, Flickr

Dodger Stadium

Located in Downtown L.A., Dodger Stadium is the home field of the Los Angeles Dodgers and one of the true cathedrals of Major League Baseball. Since opening its gates in 1962, the storied ballpark has hosted eight World Series and the Dodgers have won four World Championships. Through the decades, Dodger Stadium has seen Hall of Famers, World Champions, no-hitters, MVPs and Cy Young Award winners. The stadium is also one of the greatest entertainment venues in the country, hosting special events that range from the Beatles to the Pope. Read on for the Top 10 greatest baseball moments in Dodger Stadium history.

Photo courtesy of The Forum

The Forum



For many years, The Forum was regarded as one of L.A.'s greatest sports and events venues, the home of the Lakers, the Great Gretzky, the "Miracle on Manchester" and countless music concerts. In January 2014, The Forum celebrated its Grand Reopening with a six-night stand by the Eagles. The Forum continues to book a wide range of top music acts and special events.

Though the franchise first played in L.A. at the Sports Arena and currently calls STAPLES Center home, the Lakers became The Lakers during their 23-year residency at The Forum. Originally known as The Fabulous Forum, the venue was home to the team’s first L.A. title run in 1972, as well as the five rings won by the “Showtime” Lakers teams led by Magic Johnson during the 1980s. The Forum also hosted the 1983 NBA All-Star Game, best known for Marvin Gaye’s unforgettable pregame performance of The Star-Spangled Banner.

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum peristyle | Photo courtesy of L.A. Coliseum

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum



Since opening in June 1923, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has become one of the world’s greatest sports venues, home to world-class athletes and legendary games. The Coliseum is the home stadium of the NFL's Los Angeles Rams and the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans football team. Established in 1888, the Trojans football program is a perennial National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) powerhouse, claiming 11 national championships. The Coliseum has also hosted numerous historic figures, spectacular concerts and milestone special events. The Coliseum was declared a National Historic Landmark on July 27, 1984.

The Coliseum is the only facility in the world to host two Olympiads (X and XXIII), two Super Bowls (I and VII), one World Series (1959), a Papal Mass and visits by three U.S. Presidents: John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Read on for the greatest sports moments in L.A. Coliseum history.

Pauley Pavilion | Photo courtesy of UCLA Athletics, Facebook

Pauley Pavilion



A pilgrimage to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus in Westwood is a must for anyone in search of NCAA basketball history. Under legendary coach John Wooden, the UCLA Bruins men’s basketball team won 10 national championships in 12 years, including seven in a row from 1967 to 1973. Jim Harrick coached the team to an 11th title in 1995.

Pauley Pavilion was the team’s home court for nine of Wooden’s championships. After a year-long, multi-million dollar renovation, the “House That Wooden Built” reopened on Nov. 9, 2012 with a game that featured the Bruins against Indiana State University, where Wooden coached for two years before making history at UCLA. It was a fitting tribute for the “Wizard of Westwood.”

Stanford vs. Michigan State, 100th Rose Bowl Game | Photo courtesy of Rose Bowl Stadium, Facebook

Rose Bowl Stadium



The world-famous Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena has hosted five Super Bowls, gold medal matches for two Summer Olympics, two FIFA World Cup Finals, superstar concerts and the annual Rose Bowl Game for which it’s named. Known as “The Granddaddy of Them All,” the Rose Bowl Game is the oldest of America's college football postseason bowl games, first played at Tournament Park on Jan. 1, 1902 and played annually since 1916. Since then, the Rose Bowl Game has been home to 19 Heisman Trophy winners, produced 29 national champions, featured 208 consensus All-Americans and honored 113 college football legends by inducting them into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.

Sports Illustrated has named Rose Bowl Stadium the number one venue in college sports and one of the Top 20 Venues of the 20th Century. Read on for the story of this L.A. icon.

Staples Center



STAPLES Center is a world-class sports and entertainment venue located at the spectacular L.A. LIVE complex in Downtown L.A. The arena opened on Oct. 17, 1999 with a concert by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. STAPLES Center is the home of four professional sports franchises: the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, and the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks. STAPLES Center hosts over 250 events and more than 4 million guests annually, with events ranging from professional sports and boxing, to the annual GRAMMY Awards, live music, and family shows.

Since its opening, STAPLES Center has been the site of five Lakers championship runs (including the franchise’s second “three-peat,” 2000-2002), two Kings Stanley Cups, two Sparks championships and thousands of memorable concerts and special events. Read on for some of the greatest moments in STAPLES Center history.

StubHub Center



The StubHub Center is a 125-acre sports complex located on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills, about 10 miles south of Downtown L.A. Opened in June 2003 as the Home Depot Center, StubHub is the home stadium of the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer (MLS). The franchise has won the MLS Cup five times, more than any other club in the league. Designated as an "Official U.S. Olympic Training Site," StubHub Center is regarded as the nation's most complete training facility for Olympic, amateur and professional athletes. In addition to the soccer stadium, StubHub Center’s state-of-the-art facilities include the 2,450-seat VELO Sports Center (America's largest indoor velodrome), an 8,000-seat tennis stadium, and an outdoor track and field facility with 2,000 permanent seats that is expandable to 20,000 seats.