It doesn’t get much better than July in Southern California. The weather is perfect, summer is in full swing, the locals welcome tourists and there are so many different sporting events from which to choose. So, let’s look at what’s happening in the world of sports in So Cal this month, starting with a couple of options that may not have been on your radar.
It’s time for the ponies! Opening Day at Del Mar (just north of San Diego) is July 16, followed by a full schedule of racing July 16-19, July 22-26 and July 29-31. Beautiful setting, beautiful horses and beautiful weather.
If you love the beach, sun, sports and waves, July is your month. There are two women’s surf events coming up in Southern California. Oceanside Pier in Oceanside is the place to be July 24-26 for the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro, followed immediately by the Vans US Open of Surfing July 27-Aug. 2 in Huntington Beach.
For Southern California baseball fans, July is starting out very much the same way June did. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw surprisingly continues to struggle, and the Dodgers are in a seesaw battle with San Francisco Giants for first place in the National League West. The Angels have gained little to no ground on the Houston Astros in the American League West, and the San Diego Padres continue to struggle.
Dodger Stadium welcomes the New York Mets July 3-5, the Philadelphia Phillies July 6-9 and the Milwaukee Brewers July 10-12. Then, after a long road trip, the Dodgers return to host the Oakland Athletics July 28-29 and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on July 31.
During the first two weeks of the month, the San Diego Padres only have one home game, which will be held July 1 against the Seattle Mariners at Petco Park. Then, the Colorado Rockies come to town July 17-19 and the San Francisco Giants visit July 20-22 (when all Dodger fans will be rooting for the Padres). The Padres close out the home stand July 23-26 against the Florida Marlins.
Like the Padres, the Angels have one home game in the first half of the month, July 1 against the New York Yankees. They return home and host the Boston Red Sox July 17-20, followed by the Minnesota Twins July 21-23, and they close out their July home schedule with the Texas Rangers July 24-26.
For those who prefer the small-town atmosphere of minor league baseball, Southern California’s Lancaster JetHawks, Inland Empire 66ers, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, Lake Elsinore Storm and High Desert Mavericks also have full schedules in July.
Women’s basketball is in full swing as well, and the Los Angeles Sparks host six games this month at the Staples Center, including games against the San Antonio Stars on July 2, the Tulsa Shock on July 3 and the Phoenix Mercury on July 5. After a short road trip, they’re back home to host the Atlanta Dream on July 16, the Phoenix Mercury on July 21 and finally, the New York Liberty on July 22.
For soccer fans, the LA Galaxy hosts three games at the StubHub Center in July: Club América on July 11, the San Jose Earthquakes on July 17 and FC Barcelona on July 21.
Football fans can head to the Honda Center in Anaheim to watch our local arena football team, the Los Angeles Kiss, take on the Spokane Shock on July 12 and the Las Vegas Outlaws on July 18.
For all the events listed above, detailed information is available at the team and event websites. Be sure to check the dates, times and ticket availability. And, please know that this short column only touches the surface of the various sporting events available for your viewing pleasure. I typically try to cover the “bigger events” and a couple of those that might be less known. While you’re visiting, should you find an upcoming event that you think would be of interest, or one I missed this month but should note for next year, just drop me a line. Enjoy!