Many of you probably remember Lakers and Kings games at The Forum or even Clippers games at the Sports Arena, but what do you know of the other sports long-gone venues in Los Angeles history? With Hollywood Park riding off to the sunset yesterday, it got us thinking about other sports palaces from Los Angeles' long (and not so long ago) past.
Here are thumbnail sketches of 10 of them, including photos we called from the Los Angeles Public Library's photo collection, plus links to some good video:
In 1935, Academy Award winning actor Victor McLaglen built a small sports stadium on Riverside Drive just north of Hyperion Avenue. Costing a reported $40,000 and described as "state of the art" at the time, McLaglen Stadium hosted a wide variety of events: arena polo, equestrian events, junior college and minor pro football games, lacrosse, motorcycle and midget auto racing, rugby and softball. For a time, it was soccer's primary L.A. home. But after surviving a 1938 flood of the Los Angeles River that undermined and collapsed part of the grandstands, the stadium simply faded from use during World War II. Even its precise location is not known today: It is thought to be either part of the Golden State Freeway, Sunnynook River Park or the river channel.
Located at Washington and Hill, Washington Park was the home field for Los Angeles Angels baseball from 1911-1925. Opened on March 11, 1911 with an exhibition game between the Boston Red Sox and Vernon Tigers, the park went on to host exhibition games for the Chicago White Sox and high school and college baseball, rugby and football. USC played three football games at the park, drawing big crowds against Cal in 1915, while Occidental's football team hosted Syracuse that same year. Fittingly, the Vernon Tigers played the last game at the park, on September 27, 1925, and it was soon demolished. Now it's the site of LA Mart.