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Carson Home Depot Center
carson flower fields and Goodyear blimp


Carson is a business-friendly city with oil refineries, large corporate entities and an ideal location for commutes to Los Angeles. Long recognized for the Goodyear Blimp that sits in a field adjacent to the 405 Freeway, Carson is also home to California State University, Dominguez Hills and Home Depot Center, considered the nation’s most complete training facility for Olympic, amateur and professional athletes.


Created around a 27,000-seat soccer stadium, 13,000-seat tennis stadium, 20,000-seat track & field facility and indoor velodrome, the complex is located on the university campus. Home of the 2002 MLS Cup Champion Los Angeles Galaxy and the U.S. Soccer Federation (national team training headquarters, the complex has also been designated “official” training sites for USA Cycling, United States Track & Field, the AVP and the USTA. Concerts are held there, as well.

Carson, named after one of the region's settlers, is in the South Bay's “Golden Triangle” of trade -an area bounded by LAX, the twin ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, and the Alameda Corridor. One of the most significant Southern California locations, Carson can seem quite industrial but enjoys beautiful neighborhoods with parks, schools and an attractive civic center. A tour of the grounds can include a walk on a footbridge to a bricked courtyard with a water fountain surrounded by flowers, views of grass lawns leading to a community recreation building framed by purple jacaranda trees and a stroll through a small Xeriscape garden.

Incorporated in 1968, the city of Carson is named after John Manuel Carson, a key figure in the development of the South Bay in the 20th Century, and the head of the Dominguez Water Corporation.


Inhabited by Gabrielino Indians over 6,000 years ago, Native Americans like the Suangna or Tongva established villages in the Rancho San Pedro long before the first white men arrived on the shores of Southern California. In 1782 the Spanish governor of California created the very first land grant in the history of California - a vast expanse of 75,000 acres of land, which he named Rancho San Pedro. It stretched from the Los Angeles river all the way west to the Pacific Ocean, encompassing what today would be the cities of Carson, Torrance, Redondo Beach, Lomita, Wilmington, and parts of San Pedro.

The center of this region was the Dominguez Rancho homestead, located in what today is the eastern portion of Carson, known as Dominguez Hills. It is there that historic Dominguez Ranch Adobe was built in 1826. It still stands today, perched atop a hill and surrounded by acres of well-tended landscaping. The 170-year-old Dominguez Ranch Adobe features scheduled tours and an historical museum open to the public. Location: 18127 Alameda Street. Call: (310) 631-5981 or (310) 636-6030.


Other points of interest include Southbay Pavilion, a shopping mall with JC Penney, a Food Court and IKEA Home Furnishings located next door, Victoria Park & The Links at Victoria Golf Course, weekly Farmer's Market, Filipino festival, concerts, sporting events and more.