In 1999, Brandi Chastain made sports history. Not only did she kick the game-winning goal in a penalty shootout to help her team take home the FIFA Women's World Cup, but she also screamed one of the most epic victory screams ever recorded. It all went down at the Rose Bowl Stadium, which is no stranger to big moments in sports. From the Four Horsemen of Notre Dame who played in 1925 to the storied UCLA-USC rivalry to the annual New Year's Day bowl game, the football stadium has served as the stage for countless triumphs and upsets.
In January 2014, the Rose Bowl Stadium hosted both the Rose Bowl game and the BCS National Champioship. In light of this, it's as good a time as any to explore the stadium and uncover what makes it so special. The Rose Bowl Stadium Tour allows visitors to do just that. Led by experienced guides, the walking tour hits all of the stadium's key landmarks, from the field to the original 1922 locker room. Other stops include the Terry Donahue Pavilion, the press box, and the haunted catacombs beneath the visitors' end zone.
Upland Sports Arena's 70,000-square-foot indoor complex ensures games go on in any weather on the facility's four synthetic grass fields. Kids take to the turf in youth leagues and the Lil Kickers program, which teaches children as young as 18 months basic soccer skills like which feet to put cleats on. Adults also hit the fields for co-ed dodgeball and soccer leagues, frequenting the on-site sports bar to unwind and celebrate victories with a beer and a bite.
The Upland Arena Indoor Sports Complex allows athletes to play without fear of rain, sunburn, or mosquito bites. The indoor center's four TigerTurf synthetic grass fields host kids' and adult soccer leagues, as well as adult dodgeball programs. After games, fans and players can mingle at the bar and grill, which serves pub fare such as nachos, wings, and flatbread pizza. The restaurant's also an Official U.S. Soccer Bar, airing all U.S. soccer men's games.
Throughout Los Angeles, children as young as 2 are honing coordination, social skills, and other life essentials in Super Soccer Stars LA's kid-friendly camps. Each age-specific session is based on curricula designed by both soccer experts and early childhood and behavioral specialists in order to grant little ones with a fun and well-rounded experience in each drill they run and game they play. From dribbling and passing to more general principles such as teamwork, campers will learn skills that will help them succeed beyond the soccer field in the classroom, on the playground, and in the ball-kicking portion of state standardized tests. At the end of each camp day, children show off their new abilities by competing in a mini World Cup.
A staff of seasoned coaches presides over the pitch at Los Angeles Soccer Academy, teaching aspiring strikers the fundamentals of the game with a comprehensive and well-rounded developmental strategy. The USSF-licensed instructors strive to foster technical ball-control skills with the aim of instilling confidence in players to handle the pressures of the game, such as an oncoming defender or a territorial tuft of grass. After achieving comfort with the ball, pupils will be more adept at executing team-oriented strategies, such as retaining the right shape in their formation, improvising with fellow teammates, and visualizing and executing the right plays. The academy drives home its developmental strategies with drills that emphasize the possession-first philosophies of Spain, the fruitful four-on-four groundwork of Holland, and the soft-cheese-fueled training regimes of southern France. Though it is involved with competitive leagues, the academy offers camps and clinics for players of all abilities.
Signature service: James Weisman
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Pro Tip: Workout-friendly clothing - Closed-Toe Shoes - Water bottle (optional).