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Amphitheaters and Theaters

The Marriam-Webster dictionary says an amphitheater is an “oval or circular structure with rising tiers of seats around an arena, or a very large auditorium”. Listed here will be the biggest and the best Southern California has to offer. Most all the theme parks have their own Amphitheatres so we will list other ones that stand alone.

Greek Theater
Live music under the stars!
The Greek Theater, Los Angeles’ premiere outdoor theater. In an enclosed setting of Griffith Park. The Greek theater is one of most historic entertainment venues showcasing some of the biggest names in entertainment. Pop, classical, soul and rock. Performances like The Who, Sting bring talent to the stage. Alicia Keys, Pearl Jam, the Dave Matthews Band! Tina Turner, Elton John and Santana visit the Greek often. The White Stripes, the Gypsy Kings, the Russian National Ballet and such more. Wow. The Greek has 5,801 seats with state of the art sound with outstanding acoustics. The stage has enough room for the largest orchestra and you will not believe the magnificent sound.
http://www.greektheatrela.com/

The Hollywood Bowl
The Hollywood Bowl is probably the most well know of all the theaters. Some of the greatest talent in the world has performed in this open-air theater. This is the summer home for the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra. Built in the foothills just off Highland Ave west of Cahuenga Blvd, the Hollywood Bowl can hold 18,000 people. The area is unsurpassed for sound.

2301 Highland Ave (213) 850-2000

Verizon Amphitheater Amphitheater
Located at 800 Irvine Center Drive, Laguna Hills. This huge amphitheater holds around 15,000 people including a sit-anywhere lawn way up in back. Many top rock bands play here as well as special events thought out the year. Set in between the 133, 5, 405 and 73 freeways this area gets real busy around rush hour so leave early. (714) 855-4515

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena
Built in 1923 the coliseum has held two Olympic games, 1932 and 1984. Football, soccer and special events and still held here. The coliseum seats 91,000.

3911 South Figueroa Street L.A. (213) 748-6131

Spreckels Organ Outdoor Pavilion
Built around 1915, the Spreckels Organ Pavilion is a large amphitheater dedicated mainly to organ music. Being one of the largest outdoor pipe organs in the world the Spreckels Pavilion seats 2,400 and puts on show each Sunday plus a 10-week summer program. The some of organ pipes are 32 feet long made out of lead alloy. The area is set in beautiful surroundings including tall eucalyptus trees lush gardens and historical buildings of Balboa Park.

Located at 1549 EL Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego.

Universal Amphitheater
Located at Universal Studios, this indoor arena holds around 6000 people and has some of the biggest names in the entertainment field. Universal City Drive, Universal City.

(818) 777-3931

Stadiums

Below are the web sites for the major sport stadiums in Southern California. It’s easy for you to just go to their web site and find all kinds of info, but when you are done, come back and find more great information in socalfunplaces.
San Diego Chargers football.
San Diego Padres baseball.
Los Angeles Angels at Anaheim stadium.
Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball.
Anaheim Ducks Hockey.

There are many stadiums in Southern California, most are associated with Colleges and other schools.

Listed below are the public, inexpensive stadiums that have minor league baseball as well as other league teams that you can have a great time at. That’s not just a saying, we have been to all of the stadiums and had a wonderful time. At some, you can get a hair cut or a massage. All have great food like barbecued beef sandwiches or pizza. Of course beer is at most of them. Some of them have popular fast food stands also. They have super in between innings entertainment. The best part is the family atmosphere. Some have lots of other venues during the year. You can find that out by going to their web site.

Petco Park – Home of the Padres Baseball!
Petco Park, located in down town San Diego is one of the newest parks is southern California. Home of the Padres baseball team the park is beautiful and has all the amenities all good ball parks should have. The seating is 42,500 strong but they have a “beach” area just behind center field where you can sit or lay while watching the game and it’s kid friendly. Also they have a elevated lawn area behind center field that accommodates lawn chairs.

Check all this out at http://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/nl/PetcoPark.htm

Anaheim Angels – Anaheim Stadium, Home of the Angels Baseball!
This ball park was a place for baseball and football. Renovations is 1996 changed the 30 year old to baseball only although different events are held there during the year. The Angels baseball team plays there and the park is called Anaheim Stadium. The team is call the Los Angeles Angels at Anaheim but the die hard fans still call them the Anaheim Angels or just Angels. The park at game time has lots of great concession areas plus three full service restaurants, the Knothole club, Diamond club and the Home Plate club.
http://anaheim.angels.mlb.com/ana/ballpark/index.jsp

Dodgers Stadium – Los Angeles, CA
Dodgers Stadium is a great ball park and fun can be had for all. New concession stands on the renovated concourse are: Canter’s Deli, Ruby’s Diner, the Dodger Blue Bar, Mrs. Beasley’s, and Camacho’s Cantina. Returning to the revamped area are: Panda Express, Gordon Biersch and California Pizza Kitchen. Additionally, the Dodger dog, introduced 50 years ago and the top-selling hot dog in baseball last year, will be sold at additional concession stands on the Field Level. Dodger Stadium is a fun place to watch baseball and other events. There is 56000 seats 16000 parking spaces.
http://www.Dodgerstadium.com

Diamond Stadium / Storm Baseball – Baseball Stadium in Lake Elsinore
This beautiful and well kept stadium is located in Lake Elsinore, Just off the 15 freeway. They have 6000 fixed seats, handicap seating available with 2000 general admission seats also. They also have a newly renovated Diamond Club witch has a full bar, 5 42’ plasma TV’s, a 100’ projection screen, & full AV Equipment. They are now hosting Concerts, Competitions, Our Annual Haunted Stadium, Boat Shows, Car Shows, Etc, along with our 70 home game season. For a listing of events or to pursue an event contact [email protected] or visit their website at www.stormbaseball.com

Palm Springs Stadium
Looking back, the arrival of the Palm Springs POWER in 2004 revitalized this historic stadium that has seen so much great baseball and great baseball players. The Palm Springs Chill is now the newest team to call historic Palm Springs Palm Springs Stadium – Field Veiw Stadium home.
In 1949 the stadium was built for use as a Polo Ground. Hence it’s original name, the Polo Grounds which was kept until late 1960 when former Los Angeles Angels owner Gene Autry was awarded the expansion from Major League Baseball and made Palm Springs their spring training home. Later the stadium’s name was changed to Angels Stadium even thought the complex was shared by the Angels, San Diego Padres, and Seattle Rainiers during spring training.
In 2006 the POWER signed a long term lease on Palm Springs Stadium with the City of Palm Springs. Many capital improvements have been made to the stadium since the POWER’s 2004 arrival and in May of 07′ the stadium received a brand new paint job just in time for the Power’s season. Several new improvements to the stadium will be made in the coming year, all in the hopes of improving the fans experience at historic Palm Springs Stadium. Check out their web site for directions. http://www.palmspringspowerbaseball.com/shttp://www.palmspringspowerbaseball.com/

Arrowhead Credit Union Park
The Inland Empire 66er’s, San Bernardino’s single-A minor league baseball team in the California League, has enjoyed tremendous success over the years, winning the hearts and minds of the Inland Empire in the process. The club, formerly known as the Stampede, has won league championships in 1995, 1999, 2000 and 2003. They became just the fourth team in California League history to win back-back titles when they won the crown in 2000. The 66er’s moved into a Arrowhead Credit Union Parkstate-of-the-art stadium in downtown San Bernardino at the end of the 1996 season and drew over 270,000 fans in its first full year in the ballpark, providing Inland Empire residents with a Crown Jewel for entertainment and value. Prior to the 2002 season, the 66er’s and the city of San Bernardino signed a 10-year stadium naming-rights deal with Arrowhead Credit Union, a pillar in the Inland Empire business community. In doing so, the 66er’s became the first team in the California League’s history to secure a stadium naming rights deal. A new and aggressive promotional schedule in 2002 led to the team increasing its attendance by more than 50% from the 2001 season (to nearly 240,000), by far the biggest jump in the California League. In March, 2002, the 66ers parent club, the Seattle Mariners, played an exhibition game at Arrowhead Credit Union Park. It was the first time in 30 years that a major league team played a game in San Bernardino. The 66ers invited actor Kevin Costner to play in the game and he accepted. Costner played for the 66ers in that game and started at shortstop before finishing up with an inning on the mound. The highlight of the game came in the final inning, when Costner pitched to Seattle manager Lou Piniella. Costner battled Piniella right to the wire before issuing a walk. Arrowhead Credit Union Park even played host to a sold-out welcome home rally for former Inland Empire resident Derek Parra, who captured gold and silver in speed skating at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah. Go to their web site for more stadium fun.

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