Spectator Sports

Los Angeles has a long sporting history, hosting the summer Olympics in both 1932 and 1984. The city’s love affair with sports continues today, as celebrities and common folk alike turn out in droves for the city’s many sporting events. With several professional sports clubs, including soccer, basketball, baseball and hockey, there is no shortage of events to attend throughout the year. The city is also home to a professional tennis tournament, golf tournament and frequent horse races at nearby tracks. LA lacks a professional American football team, and The University of Southern California Trojans are the most popular football team in the city. USC’s cross-town rivals, the UCLA Bruins, play home games in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, famous as the home of several Super Bowls, the NCAA Rose Bowl and Rose Parade.

Tickets to events can be purchased in person, on the official team websites, or through ticket brokers like www.ticketmaster.com. Popular events such as the USC-UCLA football game and Lakers games will often sell out, so be sure to purchase your tickets as soon as they go on sale. It’s a good idea to sign up for a team’s email list to find out about upcoming ticket sales and special offers. Though there are reputable third-party ticket brokers (such as eBay’s www.stubhub.com) where you can purchase tickets to sold-out events, exercise caution when shopping for tickets online or on the street.

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