California’s Most Luxurious Sporting Destinations
The people of California are known for their love of sports and luxury living, so it stands to reason that the state is home to some spectacular arenas that combine sporting action with an opulent visitor experience. From San Diego to San Francisco, these fantastic venues offer some of the most exciting spectator experiences in the world.
Del Mar Race Track
They say it’s where the “turf meets the surf,” and there can be few race tracks in the world that are located in more beautiful surroundings. With the mighty Pacific Ocean as its spectacular backdrop, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club hosts some of the most prestigious races in America. It is also home to eight track-side restaurants that allow you to enjoy the action while partaking a freshly prepared meal. Il Palio restaurant and buffet requires reservations, but those lucky enough to get a table will be able to sample the famous Derby Buffet, which includes a Mediterranean Display of fresh vegetables and meats. The daily Carving Station features a wide selection of freshly roasted beef, lamb and pork. Enjoy a fabulous meal in the sunshine, and place your bets with the cashiers who visit your table.
The Rose Bowl
If you’re a football fan, the iconic Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, offers some luxurious suites and corporate dining packages that will enhance your spectator experience immeasurably. Among the illustrious range of sporting events that grace the famous Rose Bowl are UCLA home matches, the BCS National Game and the Rose Bowl game itself. Hire a private, well-appointed suite for your favorite event, and you’re assured of an occasion you will never forget. As part of the package, you will be given preferred parking, your own entrance and a clear view of the field. Soft furnishings, refrigerators and the latest audio-visual equipment will give you and up to six guests an unforgettable experience. A selection of freshly prepared snacks and beverages will ensure that no one goes hungry. Seven- and ten-year leases are available, costing around $47,000 per year if you want to include the Rose Bowl game.
The Levi’s Stadium
Opening in 2014, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers is actually located a few miles outside the city, in Santa Clara. Once opened, the Levi’s Stadium will have over 100,000 square feet of hospitality space, including a selection of private suites that overlook the field. Each suite will include a food and drinks service, HDTV screens, private phone, soft furnishings and a level of luxury that is usually reserved for the top hotels. There will also be state-of-the-art meeting and conference facilities that will make the stadium one of the most prestigious corporate entertainment venues in America.
The Staples Center
The iconic Staples Center is not only the home of the LA Lakers basketball team, it is the venue of some of the most famed boxing matches in the world. There are several premium seating options at the Staples Center, ranging from Premier Seats to private suites. However, you might end up rubbing shoulders with global celebrities if you are approved for membership at the exclusive Lexus Club. A stunningly appointed private hospitality suite, the Lexus Club has seating for up to 130 people, and its outdoor patio area delivers spectacular views of the Los Angeles skyline. A wide range of exclusive culinary creations and member-only benefits makes the Lexus Club one of the most distinguished in the world of sports.
Whether you are in search of a little privacy or somewhere to entertain your guests, these luxurious hospitality facilities add the element of glamour to America’s most exciting sporting occasions.