Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the only stadium in the world to host the Olympic Games twice: in 1932 and 1984
California hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley Ski Resort, the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, as well as the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
California has nineteen major professional sports league franchises, far more than any other state. The San Francisco Bay Area has seven major league teams spread in three cities, San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. While the Greater Los Angeles Area is home to ten major league franchises, it is also the largest metropolitan area not to have a team from the National Football League. San Diego has two major league teams, and Sacramento has one.
Home to some of the most prominent universities in the United States, California has long had many respected collegiate sports programs. California home to the oldest college bowl game, the annual Rose Bowl, among others.
California has also long been a hub for motorsports and auto racing. The city of Long Beach holds an event every year in the month of April, which is host to IndyCar Series racing through the streets of downtown. Long Beach has hosted Formula One events there in the past, and also currently hosts an event on the American Le Mans Series schedule. Auto Club Speedway is a speedway in Fontana, and currently hosts one to two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races a year, and used to host CART Indycar races. Infineon Raceway in Sonoma is a multi-purpose facility, featuring a road course and a drag strip. The road course is home to a NASCAR event, an IndyCar event, and used to host an International Motor Sports Association sports car event. The drag strip hosts a yearly NHRA event. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is a roadcourse that currently hosts an ALMS event, and formerly hosted CART events. The Auto Club Raceway at Pomona has hosted NHRA drag racing for over 50 years.
Below is a list of major sports teams in California:
Oakland RaidersAmerican footballNational Football League
San Diego ChargersAmerican footballNational Football League
San Francisco 49ersAmerican footballNational Football League
Sacramento Mountain LionsAmerican footballUnited Football League
Los Angeles DodgersBaseballMajor League Baseball
Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimBaseballMajor League Baseball
Oakland AthleticsBaseballMajor League Baseball
San Diego PadresBaseballMajor League Baseball
San Francisco GiantsBaseballMajor League Baseball
Golden State WarriorsBasketballNational Basketball Association
Los Angeles ClippersBasketballNational Basketball Association
Los Angeles LakersBasketballNational Basketball Association
Sacramento KingsBasketballNational Basketball Association
Anaheim DucksIce hockeyNational Hockey League
Los Angeles KingsIce hockeyNational Hockey League
San Jose SharksIce hockeyNational Hockey League
Chivas USASoccerMajor League Soccer
Los Angeles GalaxySoccerMajor League Soccer
San Jose EarthquakesSoccerMajor League Soccer
Los Angeles SparksBasketballWomen's National Basketball Association
California CougarsSoccerProfessional Arena Soccer League
FC Gold PrideSoccerWomen's Professional Soccer
San Jose SaberCatsAmerican footballArena Football League

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