The Southern California Sports Scene

By Jessica Kane- Steel Locker Sports

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The Southern California Sports Scene

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Southern California is renowned for its beaches, warm weather and proximity to tourist destinations in Mexico. However, Southern California is also known for its sports teams at both the college and professional level. Whether you are into football, baseball or hockey, there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

The USC Trojans Have a Storied History

The USC Trojans have won multiple national titles and have sent dozens of their players to the NFL. Football stars such as Reggie Bush, Carson Palmer and Robert Woods have spent many years in the NFL while basketball players like O.J. Mayo have graced the NBA with their presence. Their annual game against Notre Dame is one of the main events of the college football season. 

Visit Petco Park for a Baseball Game

The San Diego Padres are not among the elite franchises in baseball. However, if you are looking to enjoy a major league baseball game, a trip to Petco Park is in your future. Those who enjoy the bright lights of the big city should consider taking in a ball game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles or Angel Stadium to watch a team sometimes referred to as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. 

Hockey Is Big in Southern California 

If you love hockey, you will have plenty of teams to root for. The LA Kings have won multiple Stanley Cups in the last decade while the Anaheim Ducks have also contended for NHL titles in recent years. The San Diego Gulls and Ontario Reign are top minor league affiliates to NHL teams that play their games in the American Hockey League.

Don't Forget the Lakers and Sparks

The Los Angeles Lakers are among the most iconic sports franchises in both the NBA and all of American sports. The Sparks are a WNBA team that have won three league titles since 2001. Former Laker greats include Magic Johnson, Kareem Adbul-Jabbar and Kobe Byrant. 

Soccer Fans Have Options Too

Those who enjoy watching soccer can catch an L.A. Galaxy MLS game or watch lower division teams such as the Orange County SC. The Galaxy are among the most successful teams in MLS and American soccer history. They play their home games at StubHub Arena, which will also play host to the Los Angeles Chargers of the NFL.

Football is Back in Los Angeles

Since 1960, the Chargers played football in San Diego. Starting in 2017, they will be playing their home games in Los Angeles as one of two franchise in the city. The Los Angeles Rams play at the Coliseum, and both teams will share a stadium starting in the 2019 or 2020 season. 

If you are a sports fan, you need to visit Southern California. In a matter of days, you can watch soccer, football and hockey without having to leave the city that you are in. Sports travel packages may be available to help you enjoy the games without having to break your budget.

Jessica Kane is a writer for SteelLocker Sports, a leading retailer of brand name baseball equipment at great discount prices.


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