With the NBA Finals behind us, Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors claim another championship title. The Stanley Cup Finals are dwindling and the Tampa Bay Lightning could be losing three games by the time those words hit the press. Some sports fans might lament the sudden lack of playoff excitement that summer always seems to bring. In Los Angeles, however, such a shortage does not exist. As summer hits its halfway point, there are three ways to keep up with the action.
Go and watch the angels play before they leave town
The city of Anaheim has had its hands full this season after the FBI exposed corruption in a deal to fund a new stadium for the LA Angels, forcing the resignation of Mayor Harry Sidhu. With recent legal developments, the Angels’ long-term plans in Anaheim could be up in the air. Thankfully, the Angels are still within walking distance of Orange County, and with tickets starting at $12, it might be worth checking out the aptly named Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
Despite off-field (but over-the-field) controversy and a franchise-record 14-game losing streak, the Angels are still in the midst of a noteworthy season. The Angels are ranked second in the AL West and sixth in the AL Wild Card standings. Their upcoming series against the Chicago White Sox, who have a half game against the Angels in the Wild Card, could set the tone for the remainder of the season. With Shohei Ohtani, last season’s AL MVP winner, and Mike Trout, perhaps one of the greatest baseball players of all time, the Angels are certainly worth checking out in IRL this summer.
Cheer on the Sparks in the Crypto.com Arena
The NBA season didn’t go the way the Lakers and Clippers would have liked. Embarrassed, the Lakers missed the playoffs due to a series of injuries and incompetence. The Clippers followed suit, losing to the New Orleans Pelicans in the play-in tournament.
I wish I could tell you that the Los Angeles Sparks are breaking the mold set by the other Crypto.com residents. Unfortunately, the Sparks have struggled this season, falling to a 5-9 record and firing head coach Derek Fisher earlier this month. However, as our resident WNBA columnist Ethan Inman documented this summer, the Sparks’ star power makes them competitive in every game. Nneka Ogwumike has led the Sparks in points so far this season and is a surefire pick for the WNBA All-Star Game. Liz Cambage, the Sparks’ top free agent acquisition last season, has also made an impact.
So when the WNBA season hits its halfway point, check out the Crypto.com Arena for far less money than any Lakers game would set you back. Spark game tickets are as low as $4 on some ticketing apps. The Las Vegas Aces, Cambage’s former team, play the Sparks on June 27th. The Aces have the best record in the WNBA, but with a few more votes in the crowd, the Sparks might pull the trigger.
See MLS just minutes from campus
Los Angeles Football Club sits at the top of the MLS West rankings and has two important upcoming games against some of the league’s top teams. LA FC meets NY Red Bulls on June 26 with a matchup against FC Dallas on June 29. The Red Bulls are second in the MLS East and Dallas is fourth in the Western Conference.
Conveniently for USC students, LA FC plays at Banc of California Stadium, located south of campus in Exposition Park. The stadium is a beautiful venue that can accommodate over 23,000 fans. Skip the commute and save some money by supporting USC’s local MLS squad. Tickets for the FC Dallas game start at $23.