Introduction to Inglewood, California
Incorporated in 1908, Inglewood is located in Los Angeles County, in Southern California. Inglewood is approximately twenty minutes southwest of Los Angeles, and twenty minutes northeast of Redondo Beach. Inglewood is approximately fifteen minutes from the Pacific Ocean. It is part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, which is the second largest metropolitan area in the U.S.
Inglewood's history started with the Centinela Adobe, which was built in 1834 by the son of a soldier. Inglewood was the first settlement to be created from the 25,000 acre Centinela Ranch. It was established in 1888 shortly after a railroad station had been built in the area.
Two schools from the Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD), the Centinela Elementary School and the William H. Kelso Elementary School were named as "California Distinguished Schools". Nearby Los Angeles to the north was ranked as one of the top thirty "Most Fun U.S. Cities" in a 2004 study conducted by Cranium, Inc.
Inglewood is 10 minutes east of Los Angeles International airport (LAX). LAX is the world's fifth busiest passenger airport. It also ranks seventh in air cargo tonnage handled.
Inglewood Arts, Culture, and Entertainment
Inglewood residents can easily take advantage of all of the arts and entertainment attractions of Los Angeles as well as the rest of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Some of the more notable attractions in and around Inglewood include:
- The Centinela Adobe Complex
- The Centinela Valley Heritage and Research Center
- The Forum
- The Hollywood Park Racetrack and adjoining Casino
- The LAX Firing Range
This part of Southern California has professional sports offerings to satisfy even the most demanding sports fan. Sports teams near Inglewood, include:
- The Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League (AFL).
- The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB).
- Club Deportivo Chivas USA and the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer (MLS).
- The Lancaster JetHawks, Inland Empire 66ers, and Lake Elsinore Storm of Minor League Baseball (MiLB). The JetHawks are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the 66ers are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, and the Storm are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the San Diego Padres.
- The Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
- The Anaheim Mighty Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL).
- The Los Angeles Storm, and Southern California Seahorses who play in the United Soccer League's (USL) Premier Development League.
- The Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, who used to play in the Forum in Inglewood until they moved to the Staples Center in 1999.
For sports fans who do not mind a road trip, the city of San Diego two hours to the south is also home to:
- The Major League Baseball (MLB) San Diego Padres.
- The National Football League (NFL) San Diego Chargers.
- The ECHL Sand Diego Gulls hockey team.
- The United Soccer League (USL) USL Premier Development League San Diego Gauchos and the USL W-League San Diego Gauchos Women.
Nearby Pasadena, a half an hour to the northeast, is home to the Tournament of Roses parade every January 1st, as well as the college football's Rose Bowl.
The Los Angeles area is one of the few regions of the United States where individuals can go to the shore in the morning, and skiing in the afternoon.