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Catching California Pro Sports Like a Pro

Oct. 10, 2019

The Golden State celebrates athletics in all shapes and forms, but with 19 professional teams up and down the state, just spectating can be a sport in itself! California boasts teams from all the major U.S. sports leagues, from baseball and basketball to hockey and soccer, and of course American football. Check out the best cities in the state to cheer on some of the best teams in the nation.

Football
Follow along with the National Football League (NFL) season in California, where popular and storied franchises make history during the Sept.–Feb. 2019 season.

  • The San Francisco 49ers attract loyal fans to their new home at Levi’s Stadium, host of 2016's Super Bowl 50.
  • Cheer on the Oakland Raiders at the RingCentral Coliseum and witness some of the most dedicated fans in the NFL.
  • In Los Angeles, Rams fans can visit the newly renovated L.A. Memorial Coliseum, while Chargers fans can touch down at Dignity Health Sports Park. Leading up to the 2028 World Olympic Games, L.A. will host 2022 NFL Super Bowl at soon-to-open SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.

 

Basketball
Whether your allegiance lies in the Bay Area or you take your pick in L.A., keep up with California’s National Basketball Association (NBA) teams this season starting Oct. 3, 2019.

  • The Chase Center opened in San Francisco in September, welcoming the defending NBA Championship winners, the Golden State Warriors back into the city.
  • The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers rival one another in the NBA – the two teams claim STAPLES Center as their home arena.
  • Playing out of Golden 1 Arena, the Sacramento Kings hail from California’s capital, giving them “reigning” status among local fans.

 

Hockey
California’s sunny skies don’t hold its ice hockey teams back from victory. Bundle up for fall sports as the National Hockey League (NHL) season takes to the ice in October.

  • Be sure to visit the SAP Center (known locally as the Shark Tank) during hockey season to root on the San Jose Sharks to victory.
  • The American Hockey League has awarded its 32nd franchise to Palm Springs, which will take the ice in 2021 at the New Arena at Agua Caliente in Palm Springs. 
  • In October, celebrate the start of the season at the Anaheim Ducks’ Opening Night at the Honda Center.

 

Baseball
Catch one of these professional Major League Baseball teams play in California when the season resumes March 2020.

  • The San Diego Padres play in the open-air stadium Petco Park, where breathtaking views of the bay compete with live action on the field.
  • Leading up to the 2028 World Olympic Games, Los Angeles will host an unprecedented lineup of megaevents including the 2020 MLB All-Star Game. In the meantime, you can enjoy world famous Dodger Dog at Dodger Stadium or catch an Angels game at Angel Stadium in nearby Anaheim.
  • Watch the San Francisco Giants play out of Oracle Park, a stadium full of unique features and events such as Topgolf Live San Francisco.
  • The Oakland Athletics – nine-time World Series Champions – will graduate from the Oakland Coliseum once the proposed Jack London Square Ballpark is constructed in 2023 in the heart of Oakland’s vibrant urban environment.

 

Soccer
Find passionate fans for the world’s most popular sport at these exciting Major League Soccer (MLS) events in California when the season returns, spring 2020.

  • San Jose Earthquakes matches are filled with 90 minutes of nonstop excitement. Catch the team at the stunning outdoor Avaya Stadium which offers an experience every bit as excellent as its reputation, and the largest outdoor bar in North America.
  • The Los Angeles Galaxy has played out of Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California since 2003, while Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) kicked off its inaugural season in 2018 at Banc of California Stadium, going on to reach the playoffs. Both compete in Major League Soccer (MLS).

 

Looking for more?
California is home to much more than just the major professional sports. From being the home of mainland surfing, to the birthplace of mountain biking, from clay tennis courts to legendary golf greens, there are almost infinite ways to watch sports in California. Here are a few of our favorites:

 

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