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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.

1001 Rose Bowl Dr
Pasadena,
CA
US

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.

1721 West 11th Street
Upland,
CA
US

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.

1721 W 11th St
Upland,
CA
US

Signature service: Youth athletic development
Established: 2014
Reservations/Appointments: Required
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Pro Tip: We focus on overall athletic skills, including speed, strength, agility, flexibility, [and] motor control

1804 N Placentia Ave
Placentia,
CA
US

Though the Los Angeles Blues are firmly attached to California, they celebrated their inaugural season like any newlyweds would: they headed to the Caribbean. In the team's first official weekend of play, it earned back-to-back wins over Sevilla Puerto Rico and Antigua Barracuda on their home turfs. Winning became a theme for the Blues that season, as they surged to the playoffs in the nascent USL Pro League. Since those early triumphs, the Blues have expanded beyond play in the USL Pro, taking on teams from other leagues during the annual U.S. Open Cup, participating in international exhibitions, and constantly fending off squirrels trying to steal the game balls for their acorn hoards.

800 North State College Boulevard
Fullerton,
CA
US

A sprawling multisport facility, Next Level Sports Complex welcomes athletes from all walks to train, join youth and adult leagues, or enroll in athletic clinics and camps. The complex contains 11 basketball courts, 14 volleyball courts, and 4 turf fields for soccer and other sports. When they're not participating in open-gym and league games, athletes can take advantage of the weight-training facilities or various fitness courses.

12821 Knott St
Garden Grove,
CA
US