California sports venues are some of the most iconic in the nation. This guide offers an overview of the best stadiums in California that could see retail sportsbooks once CA sports betting is legal in the state.
The battle for legal sports betting in California has reached its peak. A pair of initiatives that aim to bring online sports wagers to California appeared on the ballot in November. However, with both failing convincingly, we now won’t see online sportsbooks in CA until 2025 at the earliest.
In the meantime, let’s check out the best sports venues in California, which could land major US sportsbooks in the coming years.
Sports Venues and Stadiums in California
It’s an understatement to say that California is a hotbed for sports. The Golden State is home to 15 professional sports teams from the Big 4 leagues and several MLS and WNBA teams. No other state in the US comes close to this number.
The Los Angeles area alone features 10 professional sports franchises, far more than any other city in the country.
The following is a closer look at major sports venues and stadiums in California, along with any possible sportsbook affiliations.
Address: 2695 E Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806
Located in the city of Anaheim, Honda Center is a major entertainment and sports hub in Southern California. The venue is home to the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, the 2007 Stanley Cup Champions.
In 2019, the Ducks signed a partnership extension with Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel (formerly known as San Manuel Casino), owned by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. As part of the deal, the casino received branding rights at the stadium and VIP perks for visitors seated in the first two rows.
Considering that both sports betting measures involved California tribes in some capacity, this partnership could be further developed and maybe even involve opening a retail sportsbook at Yaamava’ down the line.
Crypto.com Arena (Formerly Staples Center)
Address: 1111 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Crypto.com Arena is the rebranded version of the Staples Center, one of the country’s most iconic venues. Upon agreement between the Singapore cryptocurrency exchange and owner AEG, the multi-purpose arena’s name was changed in Nov. 2021. The trading site bought the naming rights for more than $700 million in one of history’s biggest naming sports deals.
The arena is located in the heart of downtown LA and hosts home games for the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers, the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, and the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks.
The Clippers and Kings have signed sponsorship deals with BetWay, a major sportsbook operator. Although the Lakers don’t have any ties with sports betting brands, owner Jeanie Buss has openly supported legal sports betting in California.
Address: 3911 Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90037
The LA Coliseum in the Exposition Park neighborhood of Los Angeles is home to the USC Titans, as well as the rugby team, the Los Angeles Giltinis. The sports and concert venue holds up to 75,000 people.
The Coliseum is an iconic LA stadium. It opened in 1923 and has hosted two Summer Olympics — 1932 and 1984.
SAP Center at San Jose
Address: 525 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113
Known as the Shark Tank among hockey fans, the SAP Center at San Jose offers thrilling NHL action year-round. The indoor venue hosts games for the NHL’s San Jose Sharks and other major sporting and concert events.
The Sharks are currently partnered with Cache Creek Resort, a luxury tribal resort owned by Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Address: 2000 E Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806
Angel Stadium, also known as the “Big A,” is one of the biggest MLB ballparks in the nation, with a capacity of over 45,000. Since 1986, it’s been the home of the Los Angeles Angels (formerly the Anaheim Angels), the 2002 World Series Champions.
The stadium doesn’t have any ties to sports betting companies at the moment.
Address: 1000 Vin Scully Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
With 56,000 seats, Dodger Stadium is the world’s largest baseball stadium. Nestled in Chavez Ravine, just north of downtown Los Angeles, this renowned ballpark is surrounded by natural beauty.
Dodger Stadium is the home field of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who won their seventh World Series title in 2020.
The Dodgers’ official casino partner since 2007 is Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel.
Address: 7000 Joe Morgan Wy, Oakland, CA 94621
Located off California Interstate 880, RingCentral Coliseum is the home ballpark of the MLB’s Oakland Athletics, often referred to as the A’s. The stadium is owned by the City of Oakland and Alameda County and operated by AEG.
Like the Sharks, the Athletics have teamed up with Cache Creek Resort.
Address: 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
In downtown San Diego, Petco Park is the stadium that houses MLB’s San Diego Padres. This ballpark is known for its beautiful landscaping, climate, and excellent sightlines. The venue has also held concerts and other sporting events for rugby, golf, and soccer.
A 1-year endorsement deal was signed between Padres pitcher Joe Musgrove and Sycuan Casino Resort, a team sponsor for many years.
Address: 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107
Oracle Park is situated at the edge of downtown San Francisco, in the South of Market area. Since 2000, it has acted as the home field for the esteemed MLB franchise and three-time World Series champions, the San Francisco Giants. Occasionally, the venue hosts professional and college football games.
In March 2022, the team signed a deal with Cache Creek Casino Resort as its official gambling partner. VIP members of the casino and its employees have exclusive access to Giants games. Additionally, the casino has created table game chips with Giants logos.
Address: 1001 Stadium Dr, Inglewood, CA 90301
Inglewood’s SoFi Stadium opened in 2020 as a brand new sports and entertainment complex. It primarily serves as the home stadium for two NFL teams, the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. The venue hosted Super Bowl LVI in which the Rams beat the Cincinnati Bengals to win the title. SoFi stadium is scheduled to host some events for the 2028 Summer Olympics.
In December 2019, Pechanga Resort Casino, the second-largest casino in California, became the founding partner of SoFi Stadium and the official casino partner of the Rams and the Chargers.
The Rose Bowl
Address: 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA
Home of the UCLA Bruins, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena is one of the most famous college football stadiums in America. Like the LA Coliseum, the Rose Bowl was used for the 1932 Summer Olympics. And of course, every year, usually on New Year’s Day, the stadium plays host to its namesake, the Rose Bowl game, one of the most prestigious college football events of the year.
Address: 4900 Marie P DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Levi’s Stadium is located in Santa Clara, about 40 miles south of San Francisco. It serves as the home stadium for the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers but also hosts entertainment shows and concerts.
Like many professional teams from California, the 49ers have partnered with Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks.
Address: 1 Warriors Way, San Francisco, CA 94158
Chase Center is an entertainment and sports facility in the Mission Bay area of San Francisco. The indoor arena is the home venue of the 2022 NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors. It’s also a popular venue for large entertainment events and music shows.
The Warriors penned a sponsorship agreement with BetWay in 2021. The Dubs also have a promotional deal with Cache Creek Casino Resort.
Golden 1 Center
Address: 500 David J Stern Walk, Sacramento, CA 95814
Golden 1 Center is the world’s first entirely solar-powered sports arena. It’s located in downtown Sacramento, in the vibrant DOCO area.
The indoor arena opened in 2016 and currently serves as the home ground for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings.
The Kings signed a sponsorship deal with MGM Resorts. The gambling giant has sponsored the creation of a team-based predictive game called “Call the Shot” that allows players to wager on games using virtual coins.
In July 2022, the Kings struck a multi-year deal with Red Hawk Casino.
Dignity Health Sports Park
Address: 18400 Avalon Blvd, Carson, CA 90746
Dignity Health Sports Park is a large sports complex in Carson. The multi-use venue features stadiums and facilities for basketball, softball, cycling, lacrosse, track & field, and tennis. It also hosts home games for the LA Galaxy, one of the most renowned MLS clubs.
The LA Galaxy had signed a partnership with DraftKings in 2016 before the DFS titan branched into sports betting.
Where Can I Bet on Sports in California?
Until sports betting becomes legalized in California, residents will have to travel to neighboring states where it’s legal: Arizona, Oregon, and Nevada.
However, there is one intriguing legal option in California. Fliff Sportsbook is a sweepstakes sportsbook, meaning players bet with fake digital currency that, once you amass enough, can be redeemed for real cash prizes.
Online Sports Betting Partnerships in California
Betting at California Sports Venues FAQs
Yes. Los Angeles is home to numerous professional and collegiate sports teams, including the Clippers, Lakers, Chargers, Sparks, Dodgers, and Kings.
Several sports venues are situated within the metropolitan area of LA, including the Rose Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum, Crypto.com Arena, Dodger Stadium, and SoFi Stadium.
No. Sports betting is currently illegal in California. With both Prop 26 and Prop 27 failing on Nov. 8, the next chance to legalize sports betting will be the 2024 election, at the earliest.
No. If retail sports betting ever gets legalized in California, perhaps sports venues like Crypto.com Arena would be allowed to open sportsbooks on-premises.
No. Smoking (including e-cigarettes) is prohibited at Crypto.com Arena. This applies to both the indoor space and outdoor terraces and patios.
No. However, California horse race betting is allowed at off-track betting at licensed venues and racetracks like Golden Gate Fields, Santa Anita Park, and Los Alamitos Race Course. Californian bettors can also place horse race wagers online at portals like TVG Horse Racing, TwinSpires, and NYRA Bets. The minimum betting age for horse races is 18 years or older.
Yes. The 2022 NBA champion Golden State Warriors have played their home games at Chase Center in San Francisco since 2019. Before that, the Dubs were situated at Oracle Arena in Oakland.