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5 Reasons to see the LA Galaxy Play at StubHub Center

Angel City Brigade fans at LA galaxy game

The LA Galaxy has been playing Major League Soccer in Los Angeles since 1996, and taking your family to see them at the StubHub Center in Carson is a super fun. World-renowned Soccer star (and underwear model) David Beckham once played for the Galaxy, but the newest Galaxy star is Zlatan Ibrahmoic, having joined the team this Spring from Sweden, where he also plays for the National team. I lost count of how many fans in attendance were wearing his jersey – number 9. He is really popular.

My family was treated to an evening of watching the Galaxy play by Welch’s Fruit Snacks, one of the official partners of the LA Galaxy, and we had a ball. Have you been to see the Galaxy play yet? Here are 5 things to know about heading to a match.

LA Galaxy logo

5 Things to know about seeing the LA Galaxy play at StubHub Center

  1. Tailgating

Tailgating is huge at StubHub Center, and it’s a great way to bond with other fans while you dine. Bringing your own charcoal grill is OK, so you’ll see a ton of people cooking up their meals in the parking lot. There are bins to stash the hot coals afterwards, and be sure to clean up, but the menus are unlimited. You’ll see people making everything from bacon-wrapped hot dogs to burgers and veggies. You can enter the lot up to 3 hours prior to game time, so some tailgaters bring along the fun and make a day of it, with games to play or just hanging out.

food options at LA Galaxy Stub Hub Center

  1. Food

Of course, if you choose not to make your own food, there’s plenty to choose from inside the stadium. Rock & Brews has a couple of large stands set up, there’s a Tsunami burger, a very popular Spicy Chicken Sandwich stand, lots of hot dogs (bacon-wrapped or not), carne asada nachos seemed popular, along with garlic fries, there’s Fresh Brothers pizza, poke bowls (and poke nachos, whatever those are), along with plenty of dessert options, like homemade cookies, churros, ice cream and cotton candy. Beverages? Plenty of those, too, from beer to soda, wine to cocktails.

  1. Clear Bag Policy

This is a great policy to know about before heading to the stadium, because, if you’re like me, and find out right when you get there, you will be very sad. The policy has become standard at many University stadiums, like at UCLA, but not all professional teams require them, so it took me by surprise.

In a nutshell – you can’t take your normal purse, backpack or diaper bag into the stadium. You must use a clear plastic or vinyl bag, no lager than 12” X 6” X 12”. So take a lesson from me and stash your purse at home, bringing only your essentials with you, either in a lovely plastic tote like these or a ziploc gallon size bag like this. Note: they do sell clear plastic bags at the entrance, just in case you’ve forgotten to heed this warning. Or you could buy one here through our Amazon affiliate links.

  1. Cozmo

Cozmo is the Galaxy’s mascot, and although I’m not sure exactly what kind of creature he is, he is pretty popular with the fans. His Twitter feed has over 7,000 followers and he’s got more than 10,000 followers on Instagram. For $20 you can join Cozmo’s Club, which comes with a clear tote bag, a Galaxy hat and scarf, a Cozmo bobblehead, two tickets to a select Galaxy II game (the reserve team), and coupons for Welch’s Fruit Snacks and Shasta sodas. Plus? Anyone can request that Cozmo make an appearance at your event. Go for it!

Cozmo and I at LA Galaxy Game

Cozmo and I at LA Galaxy Game – clearly we’ve bonded

  1. Serious Fans Supporters Clubs

There are sections of the StubHub Center that you can only sit in if you are a member of one of the super serious Galaxy supporters clubs. The Galaxians, who were the first to form back in 1996, take up one area, Riot Squad another, and probably the largest group is the Angel City Brigade. These groups have chants and songs that last the entire game, and they are not kidding. Their chant sheets can be downloaded from the LA Galaxy website so you can do your homework. But get in shape: there is no sitting down in supporters clubs!

Great Family Fun at the LA Galaxy games at StubHub Center

Soccer is a huge sport all around the world, and so many kids here play soccer through programs like AYSO, that it’s a natural to take your whole family to see Major League Soccer played here in LA. Leave a comment below if you’ve taken your family to see the LA Galaxy and let us know your favorite food at the StubHub Center. 

Angel City Brigade fans at LA galaxy game

Angel City Brigade fans at LA galaxy game

 

Sarah Auerswald is the co-Founder of MomsLA.com. She’s grateful to Welch’s Fruit Snacks for providing tickets to the LA Galaxy game.

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