The NBA Finals are behind us, Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors have reached another championship title. The Stanley Cup Finals are waning and by the time the words hit the press, the Tampa Bay Lightning could see three games. Some sports fans may lament the sudden lack of playoff enthusiasm that summer always seems to bring. However, in Los Angeles, such a shortage does not exist. As summer approaches the halfway point, here are three ways to keep the action going.
Go watch the Angels game before they leave town
The City of Anaheim has its hands full this season after the FBI revealed corruption within a deal to finance a new stadium for the LA Angels, demanding the resignation of Mayor Harry Sidhu. With recent legal developments, the Angels’ long-term plans in Anaheim may be up in the air. Fortunately, the Angels are still on a trek to Orange County, and it’s worth checking out Anaheim’s aptly named Angel Stadium with tickets for less than $ 12.
Despite controversy outside the field (but about the field) and a franchise-record 14-game losing streak, the Angels are still in the midst of a season that deserves attention. The Angels are second in the AL West and sixth in the AL Wild Card standings. His upcoming series against the Chicago White Sox has a half-game against the Angels on the wild card that could set the tone for the rest of the season. Last season’s AL MVP winner Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout, perhaps one of the greatest baseball players of all time, the Angels are definitely worth watching IRL this summer.
Cheer at Sparks at Crypto.com Arena
The Lakers and Clippers didn’t turn out the way they wanted in the NBA season. The Lakers were embarrassed, missed the playoffs due to injuries and incompetence. The Clippers followed suit, losing to the New Orleans Pelicans in the playoffs.
I want to tell you that Los Angeles Sparks is breaking the mold set by other residents of Crypto.com. Unfortunately, the Sparks have struggled this season, dropping to a 5-9 record and sacking head coach Derek Fisher earlier this month. However, as our resident WNBA columnist Ethan Inman writes this summer, Star Power at Sparks makes him competitive in any game. Nneka Ogwumike has led the Sparks in points so far this season and is a sure pick for the WNBA All-Star Game. Liz Cambage, who acquired Sparks’ top free agent last season, is also making its presence felt.
So as the WNBA season reaches its halfway point, check out the Crypto.com Arena for less money than any Lakers game will get you back. In some ticketing apps, Spark’s games tickets are going for as little as $ 4. The Las Vegas Aces, the former team of Cambage, play the Sparks on June 27. The Aces have the best record in the WNBA, but with a few more voices in the group, perhaps the Sparks can dispel the upset.
Watch MLS in a few minutes from campus
The Los Angeles Football Club sits at the top of the MLS West standings and has two major upcoming matches against some of the league’s top teams. LA FC will face the NY Red Bulls on June 26 with a game against FC Dallas. The Red Bulls are second in the MLS East and Dallas is fourth in the Western Conference.
To benefit USC students, LA FC plays at the Bank of California Stadium in Exposition Park, just south of campus. The stadium is a gorgeous venue, with over 23,000 fans seated. Quit traveling and save some money by supporting USC’s local MLS team. Tickets for the FC Dallas game start at $ 23.