International sports events
California has hosted the Olympic
Games three times. Los Angeles, the largest city in the state, hosted both the
1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics.
Valley, California hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics.
Angeles and San Francisco were in the race to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, but eventually
lost to Chicago.
the Olympics, California also hosted the 1994 FIFA
World Cup in San Francisco (Stanford Stadium at Stanford) and Los Angeles (Rose Bowl at Pasadena).
State-wide sports events
has over twenty major
professional sports franchises
, far more than any other US
Bay Area has their nine major league teams spread amongst
three cities: San Francisco, Oakland and San
While home to ten major league franchises,
the Greater Los Angeles
is the largest metropolitan area not to have any teams
from the National Football
Diego has two major league teams, and Sacramento has two.
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Home to some of most prominent universities in the United States,
California has long had many respected collegiate sports programs.
In particular, the athletic programs of the University of Southern California
, University of California, Berkeley
and Stanford University
nationally-ranked in the various sports. In additon, those
Universities boast the highest academic standards (on average) of
all major college (NCAA Div I) programs. All 4 schools are ranked,
academically, in the top 30 nationally with Cal (specifically)
ranked as the #1 public university in the country (usually about
#15 overall). California is also home to the oldest
college bowl game, the annual Rose Bowl (Pasadena), as well as the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl
Diego), the Emerald Bowl (San
Francisco), and the San Diego County
Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (San Diego).
The Great Heisman State
Most sports enthusiats don't know that the state of California has
rendered the most Heisman Trophy winners. 14 winners were both born
and played high school football in the Golden State. 7 played collegiately
at USC, 1 at UCLA, 1 at
Stanford, 1 at West
Point, 1 at the University of Texas, 1 at the University of Colorado, 1 at Notre Dame, and 1 at the University
,1964 John Huarte
,1965 Mike Garrett
,1968 O.J. Simpson
,1979 Charles White
,1992 Gino Torretta
,1994 Rashaan Salaam
,1998 Ricky Williams
,2002 Carson Palmer
,2004 Matt Leinart
Most city municipals house a variety of sports activities. The
available sports are typically listed on their city websites.
Additionally, there are a variety of California Sports
activities listed on
FindSportsNow's California database.
The California State Games
state-wide Olympics-like sport event, take place in California
every year. The United
States Olympic Committee
governs this event. Many of
California's high school teams are often nationally-ranked.
NASCAR Sprint Cup series holds 3 races in
California, two at Auto Club Speedway and one at Infineon Raceway.
Skateboarding is a sport heavily associated with California as it
is the place where the sport started. profesional skateboarder Tony
Hawk was born in California in 1968 and was involved in many
bowlriding and vert competions there.
- 1932 Summer Olympics, International Olympic
- 1984 Summer Olympics, International Olympic
- 1960 Winter Olympics, International Olympic
- Official site of the California State Games