Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the adjacent Sports Arena, in Exposition Park, are the sites of numerous sports events. The Coliseum is the home field of the University of Southern California football team. Also held here are collegiate basketball games and special events, such as ice shows and rodeos. The UCLA football team plays its home games in the Rose Bowl, in Pasadena. Dodger Stadium, in Elysian Park, is the home of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team. Angels Stadium, in Anaheim, is the home of the Los Angeles Angels baseball team. The Mighty Ducks (hockey) also play in Anaheim, at the Anaheim Arena. The Los Angeles Lakers (basketball), the Los Angeles Clippers (basketball), and the Kings (hockey) play in Staples Arena, near downtown Los Angeles. A major annual event is the Rose Bowl parade and football game, held on New Year's Day.

Thoroughbred racing is featured at three major suburban tracks: Hollywood Park, in Inglewood; Santa Anita Park, in Arcadia; and Los Alamitos Race Course, in Los Alamitos.