Nos. 26-50: Our Top 50 most important sports venues in So Cal history

muscle-beachFlex your muscles for some of the choice you may not have even considered for your own list, most unique to the area’s mixed sporting pleasures and landmark places in their right:

26. Muscle Beach/Santa Monica Pier, Venice
27. Manhattan Beach pier sand volleyball courts
28. L.A. Tennis Center/ UCLA
29. Weingart/East L.A. College Stadium
30. Veterans Memorial Stadium/Long Beach

31. Dedeaux Field/USC
32. Drake Stadium/UCLA
33. Hilmer Lodge Stadium/ Mt. San Antonio College
34  Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool/Long Beach
35. Gilmore Stadium

36. Devonshire Downs/Northridge
37. McDonald’s Olympic Swim Stadium/USC
38. Los Angeles Swim Stadium/Exposition Park
39. Galen Center/USC
40. Bovard Field/USC

41. Irwindale Speedway
42. Gersten Pavilion/LMU
43. Firestone Fieldhouse/Pepperdine
44. Jackie Robinson Stadium/UCLA
45. Walter Pyramid/Long Beach State

46. Long Beach Marine Stadium
47. Tournament Park/Cal Tech (Pasadena)
48. Ballona Creek rowing channel
49. Venice Beach outdoor basketball courts

farmers field facebookAND, AT NO. 50:
Farmer’s Field in downtown L.A.
Los Angeles Football Stadium at Grand Crossing in City of Industry
Hacienda Stadium in Carson
Raiders Stadium in Irwindale
Hollywood Park Stadium at Inglewood:

Isn’t Hollywood is all about pretending? There was a time when Al Davis used to jangle the keys to Hollywood Park’s future, supposedly negotiating a 65,000-seat space with 150 luxury boxes at a price tag of about $200 million about 20 years ago.
It never happened. If it did, maybe we’d decide that Hollywood Park, the race track, was stepping aside for something better. But just like all the others on this mini-list, it seems as if all the talk generated around it possibly being built makes it feel as if it’s already come and gone.

If the list is pushed toward 100, include these

= Los Alamitos Race Track
= John Elway Stadium/Granada Hills High
= Washington Park/Chutes Park
= Olympic Velodrome/Cal State Dominguez Hills
= VELO Sports Center/Carson
= Encino Velodrome
= Santa Monica College track
= Raiders team headquarters/El Segundo
= Saugus Speedway
= The Matadome/Northridge
= Riverside International Raceway
= PGA West at La Quinta
= Wilshire Country Club
= Al Houghton Stadium/San Bernardino

To review:
= The original blog post about where Hollywood Park fits into the Top 50
= Nos. 1-10 in our Top 50
= Nos. 11-25 in our Top 50

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