A. FAQs Sporting Events in Greater Los Angeles

Los Angeles and the surrounding area is home to a variety of professional and collegiate sports. This FAQ will attempt to cover the most prominent sports and teams, and will outline which times of the year you can see each team play.

Basketball - Professional - National Basketball Association (NBA):

There are two professional basketball teams in Los Angeles. They are the Lakers (lakers.nba.com) and the Clippers (clippers.nba.com). Both teams play at the Staples Center, located in downtown Los Angeles.

The NBA preseason (warm up / exhibition games that don't count toward the final season standings) typically takes place during the first few weeks of October, while the actual season itself takes place from the end of October until the middle of April. NBA Playoffs begin shortly thereafter, and continue until mid June.

Typically, pre-season and regular season schedules are announced during the previous July, while playoff schedules are announced around early April, but the actual playoff games to be played depends on a variety of factors, including which teams are eliminated as the playoffs progress. There is always a chance that neither the Lakers nor the Clippers will be in the Playoffs. As a result, visitors who wish to be in town to see a Lakers or Clippers game are best advised to consult each team's respective pre or regular season schedule on that team's web site, and to try and attend a pre or regular season game.

Basketball - College (NCAA):

There are several major college basketball teams in Los Angeles.

The Bruins of the University of California at Los Angeles, better known by its initials, UCLA (http://tinyurl.com/5vg7seb), plays at Pauley Pavillion on its campus in Westwood, about 20 minutes west of downtown LA.

The Trojans of the University of Southern California, better known by its initials USC (http://tinyurl.com/4hzbwux), plays at the Galen center on its campus, a few minutes south of downtown LA.

In addition, the Lions of Loyola Marymount University (http://tinyurl.com/4tecsn2) play on their campus in Westchester, about 25 minutes southwest of downtown LA.

Finally, the Waves of Pepperdine University play at Firestone Fieldhouse on their campus in Malibu, CA, about 1 hour northwest of downtown LA.

College Basketball season runs from late October to early March. The post season, which consists mainly of the NCAA tournament, often does not involve these teams playing games in the Los Angeles Area.

Baseball - Professional - Major League Baseball (MLB):

There are two professional baseball teams in the Los Angeles area. They are the Dodgers (dodgers.mlb.com) who play in Dodger Stadium, located near downtown Los Angeles, and the Angels (angels.mlb.com), who play in Angels Stadium, located in Anaheim, about 1 hour south of central Los Angeles.

The baseball preseason (warm up / exhibition games that don't count toward the final season standings) typically consist mainly of games played outside of California, while the final pre-season games are played between the Dodgers and Angels at Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium at the beginning of April. The regular season then commences and runs through early October.

Typically, pre-season and regular season schedules are announced a few months before the pre-season begins, while playoff schedules are announced in late September, but the actual playoff games to be played depends on a variety of factors, including which teams are eliminated as the playoffs progress. And, there is always a chance that neither the Dodgers nor the Angels will be in the playoffs. As a result, visitors who wish to be in town to see a Dodgers or Angels game are best advised to consult each team's respective pre or regular season schedule on that team's web site, and to try to attend a pre or regular season game,

Ice Hockey - Professional - National Hockey Association (NHL):

There are two professional ice hockey teams in Los Angeles. They are the Kings (kings.nhl.com) and the Ducks (ducks.nhl.com). The Kings play at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, while the Ducks play at the Honda Center in Anaheim, about one hour south of central Los Angeles.

The NHL preseason (warm up / exhibition games that don't count toward the final season standings) typically takes place during mid to late September, while the actual season itself takes place from the beginning of October until the middle of April. NHL Playoffs begin shortly thereafter, and continue until mid June.

Typically, pre-season and regular season schedules are announced during the previous July, while playoff schedules are announced around early April, but the actual playoff games to be played depends on a variety of factors, including which teams are eliminated as the playoffs progress. There is always a chance that neither the Kings nor the Ducks will be in the playoffs. As a result, visitors who wish to be in town to see a Kings or Ducks game are best advised to consult each team's respective pre or regular season schedule on that team's web site, and to try and attend a pre or regular season game.

Football (American / Gridiron) - National Football League (NFL):

Currently, there are no NFL teams that play in the Los Angeles area. However, the Chargers (www.chargers.com) play at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, about two and a half hours south of Los Angeles by car, also reachable via the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.

The NFL pre-season (warmup / exhibition games that do not count towards the final season standings) typically takes place from mid-August to early September, with the regular season running from mid September to early January. Playoffs typically take place during the remainder of January. However, in any given season, the Chargers may not make the playoffs and can be eliminated any week. Therefore, visitors who wish to be in town for a Chargers game should be sure to check the pre and regular season schedule on the Charger's web site.

Football (American / Gridiron) - Collegiate (NCAA):

There are two major college football teams in Los Angeles.

The Bruins of the University of California at Los Angeles, better known by its initials UCLA (http://tinyurl.com/mjq5jk) , play in the Rose Bowl, located in Pasadena, about 20 minutes Northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

The Trojans of the University of Southern California, better known by its initials USC (http://tinyurl.com/qtax3j), play in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which is located adjacent to their campus, a few minutes south of downtown LA.

The college football regular season runs from late August / early September to late November or early December.

In addition, the Rose Bowl stadium (www.rosebowlstadium.com) hosts an annual Bowl Championship Series game, known simply as the "Rose Bowl", every new Years Day (or the following day when New Years Days falls on a Sunday). Every fourth year, the Rose Bowl plays hosts to the BCS National Championship Game, the week after New Years Day.

Soccer (Football) - Major League Soccer (MLS):

The Los Angeles Galaxy (www.lagalaxy.com) play at The Home Depot Center in Carson, about 30 minutes south of downtown Los Angeles. in addition to the LA Galaxy, Chivas USA also plays their games in the Home Depot Center in Carson. Public transit is limited to this arena from most parts of Los Angeles.

The Galaxy schedule runs from early March (when there is a preseason game or two) to late October. Playoff games occur from late October to late November.

Other Sports:

There are numerous other sporting events that happen in the greater LA area around the year. There are, in fact, too many to list. A few examples would be the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, which takes place every April, AVP Pro Volleyball tournaments that occur in Hermosa and Manhattan Beach every year, and assorted tennis and golfing events in areas such as Palm Springs, around 2 hours east of Los Angeles.