Sports Teams and Stadiums in Los Angeles

Whether you live in Los Angeles or you’re just visiting it is an incredible place for sports fans. There is a team for every major sport and a lot of the minor ones too.

Los Angeles Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers are the local professional National Basketball Association team. The team began in 1970 but it was then the Buffalo Braves, they became the Clippers in 1978 when they moved to San Diego where they stayed until 1984. It was in 1984 that the Clippers finally moved to Los Angeles but they continue to have problems achieving a winning season.

Staples Center

The Los Angeles Clippers call Staples Center their home. This multi-purpose sports arena is located in the downtown Los Angeles area. The arena is designed to accommodate basketball, ice hockey, arena football, and concerts. The arena opened in 1999 and cost approximately $375 million and measures 950,000 square feet and can seat up to 20,000 people. It is the only arena that is called home by five different professional sports franchises.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers are another National Basketball Association team located in Los Angeles. Unlike their cohorts, the Lakers are the current NBA Champions and have had a winning history. But like the Clippers the Lakers got their start in another state, founded in 1946 in Detroit Michigan the team then moved to Minneapolis where they earned the nickname the Lakers. It was in the 1960-61 season that the Lakers adopted Los Angeles as their home and the adjustment was rocky as they lost all of their shots at the finals in the ‘60s. Their winning streak began in 1972 and soared through the 80’s with such noted players as Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy and Coach Pat Riley. In the 2000s the streak continued with Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and Coach Phil Jackson.

Staples Center

The LA Lakers also call the Staples Center their home. This multi-purpose sports arena is located in the downtown Los Angeles area. The arena is designed to accommodate basketball, ice hockey, arena football, and concerts. The arena opened in 1999 and cost approximately $375 million and measures 950,000 square feet and can seat up to 20,000 people. It is the only arena that is called home by five different professional sports franchises.

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the region’s professional Major League Baseball team. Although the team has been in Los Angeles since 1958 they actually originated in Brooklyn New York in 1883 and went through a number of name changes before being named the Brooklyn Dodgers. Stadium issues were the reason the Los Angeles Dodgers moved from their east coast home and at the same time the New York Giants moved to San Francisco for similar reasons. Believe it or not, there are still a lot of people in Brooklyn and the east coast who want the team back despite their 50 year history in Los Angeles.

Dodger Stadium

The Dodgers call Dodger Stadium their home and have since their move from Brooklyn in 1962. The stadium is currently the third oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball and is the largest ballpark in seating capacity at 56,000. In the off season of 2005 major renovations occurred to the park which included new seats and repairs to the concrete structure. In 2008 a $500 million project was announced that would add a museum, shops and restaurants and green space. The park is pushing the celebration of its 50th year and looking forward to the next 50.

Los Angeles Galaxy

Los Angeles Galaxy is the local professional soccer club and a member of Major League Soccer. The team is known for its successes and is the second most decorated club in the league. The LA Galaxy has won the MLS Cup and the U.S. Open Cup two times each. Their biggest news lately is the signing of superstar David Beckham and his reported potential worth with the team of $250 million. It’s sure that as long as Beckham is on the team their popularity will grow and attendance will be good.

Home Depot Center

The LA Galaxy calls the Home Depot Center home but this multi-purpose stadium located on the campus of California State University houses two other major soccer teams in the region. Designed specifically for soccer the stadium cost approximately $150 million to build and seats 27,000. Being only the second facility designed specifically for soccer the stadium has hosted the national soccer teams for training camps and matches and held the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the 2003 MSL All Star Game and the MLS Cup in 2003, 2004 and 2008.

Los Angeles Kings

The Los Angeles Kings are a part of the National Hockey League. Founded in 1966 the team has struggled with victories, having won their division only once in 1990-91. In 1988 the best player in the league and quite possible the most famous hockey player of all time, Wayne Gretzky, was acquired by the Kings. Initially Gretzky was a boon to the team scoring 168 points on 54 goals and 114 assists in his first season. They climbed up the ladder of success culminating in the Kings first and only regular season division title in the history of the franchise. Unfortunately Gretzky became disillusioned with the team and publicly stated that he wanted the team to boost their forward skills or he wanted to be traded, in 1996 Gretzky was traded.

Staples Center

The Los Angeles Kings call Staples Center their home. This multi-purpose sports arena is located in the downtown Los Angeles area. The arena is designed to accommodate basketball, ice hockey, arena football, and concerts. The arena opened in 1999 and cost approximately $375 million and measures 950,000 square feet and can seat up to 20,000 people. It is the only arena that is called home by five different professional sports franchises.

As a side note the Los Angeles Avengers were the area’s arena football team but in 2009 the team folded. Since its inception in 2000 the team had done quite well and was involved in the American Conference wildcard playoffs in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2007 and they won the American Conference Western Division Championship in 2005. But after nearly a decade the team has been terminated.

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