Tuesday, November 20, 2018

USC Basketball Sports-cation

USC Galen Center basketball court.
Wayne and I enjoyed lots of USC basketball last week on our fall sun and sports-cation. Because Wayne's a USC alumnus, we plan trips around their sports events.

Both men and women play home basketball games at the Galen Center. It's a great venue for basketball, volleyball, concerts and other shows.

The Galen Center is freeway close and parking is easily accessible just after the Exposition Blvd. exit off the Harbor (110) Freeway.

We fly to Los Angeles International Airport and take a cab. It costs about $50 one way plus tip. That's cheaper than renting a car and paying parking. A bonus, most cabs have transponders to use the freeway express lanes which really cuts down on travel time and headaches.

USC women's basketball at the Galen Center.
Now that we live up north, we stay at the USC Raddison. that's right next door. There are several eating establishments within walking distance including The Lab Gastropub. We also take our mobile meal kit and go to Trader Joe's at USC Village to get breakfast items, salads and snacks for room meals.

We enjoy both men's and women's basketball. Last week we saw one men's game and two women's.

It was pre-conference so good tickets were easy to get. We especially enjoy women's games because the crowd is more supportive, and the women perform as a unified team, each player working with her peers to do the best that they can.

"Our bench" for sun in the USC quad.

In between games we grab some of that wonderful Southern California sunshine to revitalize our tans and spirits. The location of choice is the USC quad where we can student watch while we read our Kindles.

Wayne multitasking watching football and basketball live,
Last week was the annual rivalry football game between USC and UCLA. It was at the Rose Bowl this year so we didn't attend.

But we did experience the on-campus pep rally and the duct tape wrapped mascot statues.

 This year SC was successful is spray painting the UCLA bear on their campus, but Tommy Trojan and Traveler survived unscathed.

USC mascots before and "under wraps".

Vacations are great for so many reasons. What are some of your favourite destinations and activities? -- Margy


  1. Margy - I was never a basketball fan until I went to a professional game in Cleveland with LeBron James. Talk about exciting! It is face-paced and there is always something going on - unlike other sports such as baseball. Our favorite vacation destinations usually relate to the outdoors or places where other family members are living. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

    1. We'll the answer was that Cleveland welcomed LeBron home with lots of fanfare. That was so good to see. Fans can be so fickle out here on the west coast. - Margy

  2. I often rooted for USC, for no special reason

    1. It was Wayne alma mater for graduate school. Once in a while the women will play my school, Long Beach State. Then it is double the fun. - Margy

  3. if one likes sports, they will have a good time I presume

    Have a splendid, ♥-warming ABC-Wednes-day / -week
    ♫ M e l d y ♪ (ABC-W-team)

    1. It's fun to have an interest when we go south to find the sun during the winter months. - Margy

  4. I visited the USC campus once. I loved all those brick buildings.

    1. It is a beautiful campus. I like the older colleges and universities. Berkley is another beautiful one. - Margy


Thanks for stopping by. Comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome. - Margy