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Spectator sports

Local College Teams

Professional Basketball Teams

Professional Hockey Teams

Professional Soccer Team

Horse Racing

  • Los Alamitos Race Course

4961 Katella Avenue, Los Alamitos; (714) 820-2800 The country's premier quarter horse facility with an average handle of more than $1 million each evening. The race course also races thoroughbred and Arabian horse, as well as hosting Southern California's only harness racing season.

  • Santa Anita Park

285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia; (626) 574-RACE A beautiful racetrack with mountain backdrop, and just down the road!

Caltech Athletics

A Caltech ID is required to access the athletic facilities. There is a charge for guests.


The regular physical education classes are open to students, faculty, and staff and include badminton, golf, softball, swimming, tennis, weight training, and more exotic activities such as karate, rock climbing, and ultimate Frisbee. Aerobics, yoga, and other general fitness classes are held in the multipurpose room on the first floor of Braun Gym. These classes are available to all members of the Caltech community on a first-come first-serve basis. The weekly class schedule is posted by the classroom door.


Caltech has a wide range of athletic facilities available. The Scott Brown gymnasium (1) has two basketball courts that convert into two volleyball or six badminton courts. Braun Athletic Center (3) has a large gymnasium for basketball and volleyball, two squash courts and four racquetball courts, a weight room, and a dance/ multipurpose room. The complex also has two 25m swimming pools, an indoor climbing wall, football field, track, and soccer field (which is also used for softball and baseball). There are eight tennis courts, six of which are lit for early evening play. A limited number of lockers are available, assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up for one the first day of registration for athletic classes or anytime at the office in the weight room of Braun gym. Contact the Recreational Services Office (1-2, x3252) for details.

Intramural Sports

The GSC organizes very popular, less competitive leagues in basketball, soccer, softball, and volleyball which are open to all members of the Caltech community. Teams can be organized on any basis. If you’re interested, check with your option’s GSC representative to see if anyone in your option is organizing a team.

Personal Trainer

The Caltech Trainer, Andres Alamillo, is available to graduate students and faculty. He can provide therapy and follow-up advice if you have sustained an injury, as well as advice about how to prevent injuries. For more information, contact the Recreational Services office at x3252.

Sports and Physical Activities


Batting cages

  • Glendale Batting Cages

622 E. Colorado St., Glendale; (818) 243-2363 You'll work up a good sweat here, since balls can come at you at up to 82 mph.

  • Slamo Baseball Batting Cages

5750 Mesmer Ave., Culver City; (310) 398-5050 They offer a variety of ball types and speeds. Open until 10pm.


  • Charles Billiards

224 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale; (818) 547-4859 Huge sports bar and billiard parlor. 37 tables, 160' Jumbo TV screen.

  • Jake’s Diner and Billiard Club

38 W. Colorado Blvd. (old-town), Pasadena; (626) 568-1602 Pool tables and a bar in the basement, also has food service from the restaurant upstairs.

  • Jerry’s Family Billiards II

1312 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena; (626) 799-5114 Family style pool hall.


  • All Star Lanes

4459 Eagle Rock Blvd., Eagle Rock; (323) 254-2579 Bargain bowling and a good, cheap bar. Karaoke and sometimes bands. Bahama Lanes


  • Pasadena Ice Skating Center

310 E. Green St., Pasadena; (626) 578-0801; Very close by and open 7 days a week. Call or check out the website for recreational skating hours. They have ‘cheapskate’ sessions when rentals are free. Also has hockey leagues and pick-up, but rink is not regulation size.

  • Pickwick Ice Center

1001 Riverside Dr., Burbank; (818) 845-5300 Features a full-size ice arena. Open Fri-Mon and Wed. Their sports shop has a large selection of skates and other accessories.


  • Arroyo Seco Golf Course

Sat, 10/20/2007 - 9:30am — teknique 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena; (323) 255-1506 Only nine holes, but also only $2! Nothing spectacular, but nearby, and for $2 you can get your mini-golf fix.

  • Scandia Amusement Park

Sat, 10/20/2007 - 9:30am — teknique 1155 S. Wanamaker Ave., Ontario; (909) 390-3092 A larger mini-golf course a bit further afield, "two beautifully landscaped Scandinavian-themed courses”.

  • Sherman Oaks Castle Park

Sat, 10/20/2007 - 9:30am — teknique 4989 Sepulveda Blvd., Sherman Oaks; (818) 756-9459 Mini-golf, arcade, and batting cages. Course features a full-size castle!


It is probably most enjoyable to rollerskate on the trail along the ocean, which goes from Santa Monica through Venice Beach to Redondo Beach. But for those who like indoor skating, here are a couple of choices.

  • Fiesta Roller Rink

Moonlight Rollerway-Open until midnight on weekends. Great place for a private party. Skate Depot-They have an over 21 night on Thursday with great music.