Posts Tagged ‘sports’

Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 6 December 2016

Pro Basketball in Los Angeles

Want to see an NBA game when in Los Angeles? The Staples Center is where to go.

Now Is A Perfect Time for a Private Tour to the Staples Center

Basketball season is underway and the Staples Center is busy hosting the games of two of its three professional teams calling it home: the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers.  The WNBA Sparks (this year’s championship team) play again next year.  The Staples Center sits at the downtown corner of Olympic and Figueroa Streets in a part of the city that has seen an enormous resurgence in recent years with the addition of LA Live.  Already here was the Los Angeles Convention Center but with new hotels, restaurants and entertainment the southern end of downtown is now a major destination for anyone and everyone.  That includes guests enjoying a private tour of Los Angeles with us.  For basketball fans a stop at the Staples Center allows us to meander the courtyard and pay our respects to some of the great athletes who played for these teams.  Crowds fill the arena on game days enjoying the athletic prowess of today’s stars and hoping to see who the next “greats” will be.  Sports bring us all together even when we root for opposing teams.  Los Angeles, melting pot that it is, has legions of fans for every team that visits the Staples Center. We see enough visiting team jerseys aboard our luxury SUVs to know that sometimes our guests are sightseeing with us just until it is time to head to the Staples Center for that evening’s action.  We will talk about hockey (the Los Angeles Kings play here) in another posting.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 17 October 2016

StubHub Center for Soccer in Los Angeles

Love soccer? The StubHub Center is where the pros play in L.A.

Another Eye-Catching Sight on a Los Angeles Helicopter Tour

Soon after circling the Los Angeles Coliseum we find ourselves above the StubHub Center, another major sports venue for L.A. fans.  The StubHub Center is home to the L.A. Galaxy, our professional soccer team (part of the MLS – Major League Soccer).  This is the second largest soccer specific stadium in the league and seats 27,000 cheering soccer lovers.  The stadium is a centerpiece of an entire sports facility that also includes a velodrome and tennis stadium as well as other track & field locations.  But soccer is the major draw to this campus between downtown Los Angeles and downtown Long Beach and right off the San Diego Freeway (and two other local freeways).  We have a large number of guests on a private tour of Los Angeles, in one of our helicopters, luxury SUVs or both, who consider soccer to be the world’s pastime and are much more interested in seeing this “football” stadium over any other of the beautiful stadiums and ballparks in the Los Angeles area.  While this is our football season (NFL and college) we accept that their football is a beautiful sport, too, and admit that we watch the games from time to time during the Olympics and World Cup competitions.  Sports connects all of us no matter where we come from and we are very pleased to be able to take our guests to a world class soccer stadium when they visit.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 10 October 2016

The Throne of Los Angeles Football

The Los Angeles Coliseum, home of the USC Trojans and the Los Angeles Rams

Our Private Tour Guests Get an Aerial View of the Los Angeles Coliseum

Football season is here and this is a very special season for us.  Professional football, the NFL, is once again playing in Los Angeles.  We used to enjoy two professional football teams, the Rams and the Raiders, at one time over 20 years ago.  For two decades Los Angeles football fans have only had the option of the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins for adult-level live action football.  Football purists will argue that college football is decidedly different though equally exciting.  Now, thanks to the gods of football, the pro game is back in town and so are the Rams.  They will be playing at the Los Angeles Coliseum (former home of the LA Raiders) until the new stadium is completed for the 2019 season which will be in Inglewood about 3 miles away as our luxury helicopter flies.  This particular private Los Angeles tour has us circling above the historic stadium which remains home to the USC Trojans.  Remember that two Olympics (1932, 1984 and maybe a third in 2024) have been staged here, a baseball World Series (1959), Super Bowls I and VII and a long list of other notable sporting and cultural events since the stadium opened in 1923.  It is really a pretty sight as we hover just south of downtown Los Angeles where we can also see near the Coliseum the University of Southern California campus as well as Exposition Park.  Obviously this is not a weekend as we fly over because the stadium is empty and quiet.  Plan your visit to Los Angeles over a weekend when either football or professional football is being played at the Los Angeles Coliseum.  You should note that we have a downtown Los Angeles skyscraper helipad where we can land that is quite close to the Coliseum. We can also help you to get tickets to any Coliseum game or event.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 5 October 2016

Go Dodgers! Hail Vin Scully

Dodger Stadium ready for the post-season

Our Private Tour Learns Some Sports History in Los Angeles

Nothing is better for a city than when its team makes it into the post-season competition.  Even transitory fans get into the excitement and begin rooting for the local team to progress through the contests on their way to a world championship. It is too early to say how far the Los Angeles Dodgers will get but we are behind them.  That means driving by the stadium and, even better, flying over on a helicopter tour of Los Angeles.  The helicopter means we don’t have to hurry past but can really take in the beauty of this storied ballpark set pristinely above the downtown city center, on a hilltop, above a small valley, with extraordinary and beautiful views for its fans.  Sadly, though, we talk to our guests about the voice of the Dodgers, Vin Scully, who retired after the regular season.  We all grew up listening to his voice and think of him in Dodger blue as much as any player arriving in Los Angeles to help the team win.  We avoid thinking about next season without him and concentrate our attention and love on this season’s team making it to the World Series.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 7 July 2016

Burning Sensation – Kobe Bryant as Art

Local artist celebrates Kobe Bryant with burnt wood

Lakers Star Stars in Wood Art

Not only do we encounter art all around Los Angeles but sometimes we run into the people who make art.  As our readers know our guides are all fully aware of the art museums, installations and art activities throughout the Los Angeles area and in particular downtown, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and in the beach communities.  Sculptures, statues, fountains, murals and sidewalk paintings can all be highlighted during a Los Angeles private tour.  Sometimes, though, we are out doing chores on behalf of the company and it was on that occasion that we met Patrick Frisby.  Patrick is a young illustrator and artist, still studying in college, but with a remarkable talent.  You have only to visit his Facebook page (go ahead and LIKE it) to see the young man has a bright future ahead.  This particular piece caught our attention because, well, we are all Los Angeles Lakers fans and in particular are already missing Kobe Bryant who retired after this past season.  Patrick’s wood art drawing is incredibly detailed and very meaningful as this great athlete’s contribution to his team and his sport will be gone next season.  Or, we could say his talent burned with a rare heat that seared our basketball loving hearts.  Join us for a luxury tour of Los Angeles and let us take you around to the art places and the sports arenas.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 13 May 2016

Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

This is an aerial view of Dodger Stadium early on game day

Dodger Stadium – Impressive Even to Our Private Tour Guests Who Aren’t Baseball Fans

Those of us who do appreciate America’s National Pastime think of Dodger Stadium as the home of Vin Scully and lots of incredible baseball history.  There are Dodgers games and players we were fortunate enough to see in person and those we read about or saw for the first time in a documentary film.  Everyone knows that the team began back in New York, in Brooklyn, as the Trolley Dodgers way back in the earliest days of professional baseball.  We are talking the late 1800s.  But as the nation grew and the baseball market expanded there was an opportunity for the team to move to the west coast in 1958 and the Los Angeles Dodgers were born.  This gorgeous stadium was built in Chavez Ravine, just north of downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) and right off the Pasadena Freeway.  Cozily nestled in this verdant valley, the freeway and the Arroyo Seco on one side and Elysium Fields and the Los Angeles Police Department Academy on the other, the view afforded to the comfortable crowd is quite special.  We can fly over the field before the crowds arrive so that our Los Angeles private tour guests can look down from our hovering helicopter into the perfect field of play and imagine the dulcet tones of Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully making the game in front of him an integral part of the entire history of baseball.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 3 February 2016

Where to Leave Your Heart

You can easily leave your heart at the Golden Gate Bridge

Yes, a Los Angeles Tour Can Go to San Francisco

We do not have many requests to travel the 400 miles north from Los Angeles to San Francisco on a private luxury tour but from time to time we have guests wanting to explore all of California with us.  We arrange all the transportation and accommodations when requested and drive up the coast, or fly on a private luxury aircraft, and really see what the Golden State has in the way of beautiful terrain, glorious beaches and magnificent coastline.  When we arrive in San Francisco we know our way around as well as our own city.  This week all eyes are on the peninsula up north as the host for Super Bowl 50Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos will vie for the world NFL football championship with the Carolina Panthers led by Cam Newton.  Even for non-football fans there is much to enjoy with all the news coverage featuring our glorious City by the Bay.  From the Golden Gate Bridge (above), along the Embarcadero and its piers, following Market Street through the Financial District to the Castro with a visit to Chinatown and the Tenderloin, this is only a part of what the 49 square miles of this internationally renowned and fabulous cosmopolitan center offer to visitors.  Plan several days of sightseeing without even heading south to Levi’s Stadium where the gridiron contest will be played.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 4 January 2016

Fly with the Eagles over the Home of the Kings

Our helicopter tour of Los Angeles includes eagles-eye views of the city itself

Our Private Tour See Los Angeles by Helicopter

Our private Los Angeles tour guests peers down on the Staples Center as we hover and circle above downtown LA (DTLA) giving everyone an eagle-eye view of the exciting and vibrant inner core of our wonderful city.  Our downtown skyscraper helipad is not far from here. Right now, though, we are beginning an hour-long circuit of Los Angeles which means a look at the south part of the city where the Staples Center, L.A. Live and the Los Angeles Convention Center are a locus of activity and services for the area’s 10 million residents.  The great arena is the home of four professional sports franchises (Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Sparks).  From here we head to the beach and mountains to add some natural beauty to the grand human architecture that our guests learn about on all of our tours.  If DTLA is what interests them then we will explore that more closely on the ground portion of their combination helicopter and luxury SUV tour.  We can also explore Hollywood and Beverly Hills.  All our tours are custom tours so you decide where we will take you and what you will get to see.  We have the suggestions but you determine the route and itinerary.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 15 October 2015

Staples Center, Los Angeles – Home of the WNBA Sparks

Staples Center in Los Angeles – home of the WNBA Sparks

The Staples Center Impresses Our

Private Tour Guests

One central and popular destination in downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) for everyone, not just our private Los Angeles tour guests, is the Staples Center.  This incredible facility is home to four professional sports organizations.  The WNBA Sparks (women’s basketball) made it to the playoffs this season.  Two NBA teams (men’s basketball), the Lakers and the Clippers, have legions of fans in the area.  And despite our sunny Southern California climate where there are never freezing temperatures we have the NHL Kings (hockey) who play their home games here.  With a seating capacity exceeding 18,000 the place rocks when its teams are playing.   Like other indoor sports venues Staples Center also hosts large music concerts, ice skating shows, wrestling, circus events…whatever a producer wishes to schedule in a large, centrally located arena in Los Angeles.  One of the best things about the Staples Center is that L.A. Live is right across the street.   Or, if you have a convention at the L.A. Convention Center then how convenient it is that the Staples Center is right next door.  Hotels, restaurants, clubs, theaters and all the other fun and exciting features of a vibrant downtown in a major American city are right at hand.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 21 August 2015

Baseball Lovers Love Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

Our Los Angeles tour helicopter circles over Dodger Stadium

Private Helicopter Tour of Los Angeles

Features Our Ballpark

No matter where in the U.S. you are from sports lovers have strong feelings about the Los Angeles Dodgers, both good and bad, but they always want to include a look at Dodger Stadium when sightseeing in the city.  This storied baseball franchise has been in Los Angeles (originally from Brooklyn, New York) since 1958 and were soon joined in California by the San Francisco Giants (formerly the New York Giants).  The Oakland A’s (from Philadelphia to Kansas City before coming to the Pacific coast), the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (originally a minor league team) and the San Diego Padres (also a minor league team when started) rounded out the Major League Baseball teams of California.  Now one of the oldest baseball stadiums in the country you only have to see it from the air on a private Los Angeles tour to see why there is no real reason to update or renovate the great stadium.  It is still great!  Located in a beautiful park (Elysian Park above Chavez Ravine) just north of downtown L.A. our guests see how perfect the location and design of the field and stands really are.  And the team is good, too.  And Vin Scully is the best sports broadcaster in the world (in our esteemed opinion).  We have every hope that the Dodgers will not only get into the post-season but also that we can expect World Series games in October to be played in sunny Los Angeles and the sonorous voice of Vin Scully to narrate those very important games to determine the world champion.

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