A Sports Traveler’s Guide to Los Angeles 

The City of Angels might be best known for Hollywood, but it’s also home to some of the most famous, storied sports teams in the world. A trip to LA is a paradise for any sports lover, whether you’re in town for a specific event or just checking out the sights of the city. 

I’ve lived in LA for six years and have seen every major sports team play. With the city set to host some huge events over the coming years, I’ve written this guide on how to plan a trip to Los Angeles for a sporting event. Keep it handy for when your team’s next in town! 

Top sporting events happening in Los Angeles 

There’s always something happening in LA, it’s one of the best things about living here (along with the sunshine and the tacos). In terms of sports, the city has something for everyone. Here are just a few of the huge events set to take over the city in the coming months and years. 

Copa America 2024

Copa America is one of the biggest football tournaments in the world, featuring the top 16 countries from North, Central, and South America. The 2024 edition of Copa America is being held across the United States, with two matches at SoFi Stadium in LA. Watch Brazil take on Costa Rica on June 24th, or Venezuela take on Mexico on June 26th. Find info and tickets here

Men’s FIFA World Cup 2026

More good news for football fans – the Men’s FIFA World Cup is coming to LA in 2026! SoFi Stadium is set to host five matches, including a quarterfinal, and two of the USMNT’s matches. You won’t want to miss this one! 

Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games 2028

2028 may seem a long way away, but we all know how quickly time goes by. Los Angeles is hosting the 2028 Summer Games, which will run from July 14th to July 30th, with the Paralympics running from August 15th to August 27th. This version of the world’s favorite sporting showcase is set to feature some exciting new sports, including baseball and softball, flag football, lacrosse, T20 cricket, and squash. Stay in the loop here!

Must-See LA Sports Teams 

There are almost too many sports teams in LA to keep track of. Here’s your list of the top teams in each sport, including where they play. 

Los Angeles Dodgers 

Even non-baseball fans have heard of the Dodgers, one of the most famous sports teams in the world. Originally based in New York (and the biggest rival to the New York Yankees), the Dodgers moved west in 1958. They play at Dodger Stadium, a 56,000-capacity arena and one of LA’s many iconic sporting venues. 

Los Angeles Lakers

Shaq, Kobe, Kareem, Magic, and now of course LeBron – the Lakers have always brought the stars to LA. If you’re keen to catch an NBA game, there’s no better experience than a Laker’s game at Crypto.com Arena (formerly known as the Stapes Center). The season runs from October to April, with playoffs held in May and June. 

Los Angeles Rams and Chargers

LA has two NFL teams, the Rams and the Chargers, but the Rams are the more popular of the two. Both teams play their home matches at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, a few miles south of LA. SoFi is a brand-new stadium and is set to host some big events in the near future – it’s well worth a visit! 

LAFC

While the Galaxy is the older MLS (Major League Soccer) team in LA, they don’t actually play in the city of LA, and their popularity in recent years has been overtaken by the new kids on the block – LAFC, who play their matches at BMO Stadium in the heart of LA. LAFC won their first championship after just five years in the league, and have been perennial playoff contenders in the club’s brief history. Star signings like Carlos Vela, Gareth Bale, Georgio Chiellini, Hugo Lloris, and Olivier Giroud have certainly helped.

Angel City FC

Angel City FC (ACFC) is in their third season, and regularly sells out the 22,000-capacity BMO Stadium for their home matches. This National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) side entered the league with a star-studded ownership board, including Natalie Portman, Jennifer Garner, and Serena Williams. Their games, and the NWSL in general, are a brilliant way to experience the global rise of women’s sports that we’re currently seeing. 

Los Angeles Kings 

The city of LA rarely sees ice, but you can still catch the Kings playing on the rink in the National Hockey League between October and May. The Kings play at Crypto.com Arena, when it’s not doubling as a basketball stadium for both the Lakers and the Clippers! 

Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers are LA’s second NBA team, but their popularity doesn’t match the Lakers. They moved to LA in the 1980s, and share Crypto.com Arena with the Lakers as their home stadium. Tickets to Clippers games have historically been cheaper (and easier to find) than Lakers tickets, but with star signings like Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and James Harden, that’s changed in recent years. 

Los Angeles Sparks

The Sparks are LA’s WNBA team, and share Crypto.com Arena as their home base along with the two NBA teams in the city. The WNBA is seeing skyrocketing popularity (thanks in part to an incredible 2024 rookie class and the Caitlin Clark effect), and a Sparks match at Crypto is a great way to take it all in. 

College Sports Teams in LA

If you’re visiting LA from overseas, you might not have experienced the US phenomenon of college sports before. Coming from Australia, I sure hadn’t! College sports is uniquely American, and it’s so much fun. In LA, the main college teams are the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins. 

They play basketball, American football, football, volleyball, and just about everything else. I’d highly recommend checking out a USC American football game – they play at the historic LA Memorial Coliseum, the atmosphere is incredible, and you’ll get a real taste of proper American tailgating before a game. 

Other sports destinations to hit up in LA

Even if you’re not catching a specific sporting event, you can tour most of the stadiums we’ve talked about, including the iconic Dodger Stadium, the historic Coliseum, Crypto.com Arena, SoFi Stadium, and perhaps the most iconic of them all, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. 

Besides stadium tours, you can also hit up Muscle Beach in Venice to check out some pro skateboarding in action and see the scenery you’ve probably seen hundreds of times on the screen. And of course, no visit to LA is complete without walking the Walk of Fame in Hollywood – plenty of athletes have stars on the street!

Where to stay, drink, eat, and shop for sports fans in LA

LA has overwhelming choices when it comes to hotels, restaurants, bars, and shopping. But don’t worry – I’ll help you sort through the noise and find the best places to spend your time. 

Best hotels for sports fans in LA

LA is huge, and it sprawls – it’s important to remember that when you’re thinking about where to stay. If you’re going to an event at SoFi Stadium, don’t stay in Inglewood as it’s not the safest area and there isn’t a lot to do. If you want to splurge, try the Westdrift Hotel in Manhattan Beach

For other areas of LA, I think Santa Monica is among the best options for tourists – you’re near the beach, there’s so much to do and see, and some great restaurants nearby. Try the Fairmont or the Palihouse Santa Monica. Don’t worry if you’re not staying near your event – it’s easy to Uber or Lyft anywhere in the city. 

Best restaurants for sports fans in LA

You certainly don’t need to worry about going hungry in LA, there’s food to suit everyone’s tastebuds. For a Bavarian vibe, try the Wirsthaus. If you’re into breweries and pub fare, don’t sleep on Santa Monica Brew Works

You can’t stay in LA and not have tacos – Guisados or Guerilla Tacos are my faves. It would also be a crime to visit California and not hit up In-N-Out Burger (there’s one right by SoFi Stadium). If you’re looking for food near Crypto.com Arena, The Exchange has my vote. 

Best bars for sports travelers in LA

If you want to catch a game on the big screen, there are hundreds of sports bars across the city. My popular watering holes include: 

  • 33 Taps
  • Lucky Baldwin’s 
  • Joxer Daly’s
  • Shipmates
  • The Crest
  • The Greyhound 

Shout out also to Barcade – you can’t actually watch games there but it’s a bar with an amazing selection of arcade and pinball games, and it’s 21+ so you don’t have to push kids out of the way to get to your favorite, most nostalgic game! 

Best shopping for sports travelers in LA

If you’re keen to do some shopping while you’re in LA, hit up Hollywood Boulevard if you’re looking for souvenirs – there are several stores along the main strip that have a great selection. Saturdays Football is the best place to find vintage football jerseys, and the Team LA Store is where to go if you want to get your hands on some LA team merch. 

Make LA your next traveling for sports destination!

LA’s amazing weather should be enough to convince you to plan a trip to the City of Angels, but if it isn’t, just remember that there’s a ton of amazing sporting action happening across the city every single day. Start planning your trip today and see what you’ve been missing out on! For more cities of sporting events, check out out Cities page.