Los Angeles will set sports history Sunday, as a never-before-seen “sports equinox” will see all five major professional U.S. sports leagues — football, basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer — play in the same metropolitan area on the same day.
Two city boosters have decided to attempt their own historic first by attending all five games: NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and MLS. And the two plan to establish a world record in a category that doesn’t exist yet.
The plan has been hatched by Branimir Kvartuc, senior advisor and communications director for City Councilman Joe Buscaino, and Doane Liu, general manager of the Department of Convention & Tourism.
And they “absolutely” expect to enjoy their day, despite the massive logistical challenges, Kvartuc told City News Service.
“I’m doing this because of the experience, because of the memory,” Kvartuc said.
“I’m not going to feel stress about the situation. I’m memory-building.”
Kvartuc, a longtime professional sports photographer, estimates they’ will spend roughly $700 each on the tickets. The pair will use Uber to avoid wasting valuable time and money in parking lots, but hopping between five venues will require six Uber rides and pose quite a challenge.
The games take place at the following times:
— 12:30 p.m. The Kings host the New York Rangers at Staples Center;
— 1:25 p.m. The Rams host the Green Bay Packers at the Coliseum;
— 1:30 p.m. The Galaxy host the Houston Dynamo at StubHub Center in Carson;
— 5:09 p.m. The Dodgers host the Boston Red Sox at Dodger Stadium; and
— 6:30 p.m. The Clippers host the Washington Wizards at Staples Center.
The pair will start at Staples Center with the Kings game, travel south to Stub Hub Center for the Galaxy game, then back up to L.A. and the Coliseum for the Rams game, followed by Dodger Stadium for the World Series, and then swing back to Staples Center for the Clippers game.
Of course, the pair will have to leave before the games are over, but they are working with Dodgers officials to allow an exemption to the team’s in-and-out prohibition.
If they succeed, they will leave Dodger Stadium around the third inning of the World Series, zip down to Staples to watch a little of the Wizards-Clippers game, and zoom back up the 110 to re-enter Dodger Stadium for the conclusion of Game 5.
Kvartuc and Liu will broadcast their adventure on Facebook (www.facebook.com/branimirkvartuc, www.facebook.com/doane.liu), Twitter (@branimirkvartuc, @doane) and Instagram (@branimir, @doaneliu) using the hashtags #sportsequinox and #letsplay5.
Kvartuc said the two hope to earn a place in the Guinness World Records once they document their big day, but it’s really all about civic pride.
“Los Angeles is a place where memories are made every night, that’s why we’re getting Olympics (in 2028), the World Cup (in 2026),” he toild CNS.
“The fact that we can have all five major sports playing here in one day illustrates how Olympics-ready we are.”