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The 5 Best Lineups in San Diego Sports: November 2023

What not to miss on the local sports scene this month
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SDSU Football vs Utah State

Saturday, November 4 | 4:00 p.m. | Snapdragon Stadium

Watch: FOXSN | Listen: San Diego Sports 760

At 3-5 on the year, the San Diego State football team is scuffling through a rough season, the second in their new digs at Snapdragon Stadium. Saturday’s game offers a welcome reprieve: it’s the culminating event of SDSU’s 2023 Homecoming Week. Join Aztecs past, present, and future as their team tries to get back on track against a Mountain West Conference rival.

San Diego Wave vs OL Reign

Sunday, November 5 | 6:30 p.m. | Snapdragon Stadium

Watch: CBS Sports Network, Paramount+

Soccer in San Diego is having a moment. The city’s new MLS team San Diego FC recently revealed their official name and crest and is set to kickoff in 2025. In July, Snapdragon Stadium hosted a Gold Cup semifinal match between the United States and Panama national teams, as well as a game between England’s Manchester United and Ryan Reynolds’ Wrexham AFC.

But the most exciting on the scene might be the San Diego Wave, who finished the National Women’s Soccer League regular season as the best team. Led by star forward Alex Morgan, the Wave take on OL Reign in NWSL’s playoff semifinal. With a win, the Wave will compete for San Diego’s first major sports championship since the Chargers won the 1963 AFL title.

NWSL Championship

Sunday, November 11 | 5:00 p.m. | Snapdragon Stadium

Watch: CBS Sports Network, Paramount+

This month will mark the tenth championship match in National Women’s Soccer League’s history, and with a win in the semifinals, the Wave could make it a home game. For comparison, it took 55 years for a football team to make the Super Bowl a home game. That’s reason enough to snap up tickets, which start at just $25. Regardless of the outcome of the Wave’s semifinal matchup against OL Reign, it’s clear Snapdragon Stadium has made San Diego a destination for world-class sporting events for years to come.

SDSU Basketball vs Saint Mary’s

Friday, November 17 | 6:30 p.m. | T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas

Watch: ESPN+ | Listen: San Diego Sports 760

SDSU men’s basketball season starts on November 6 against Cal State Fullerton, but their matchup against Saint Mary’s at the Continental Tires Main Event will be their first this year against a ranked opponent. Lamont Butler’s buzzer-beater in last year’s Final Four was the biggest shot in program history and captivated the San Diego region. Is the star senior able to lead the Aztecs to another deep run in the NCAA tournament? This matchup in Las Vegas will be his team’s first test.

San Diego Gulls vs Texas Stars

Wednesday, November 29 | 7:00 p.m. | Pechanga Arena

Watch: AHLtv | Listen: San Diego Gulls Audio Network

It’s easy to forget amid today’s sport renaissance, but the Gulls returning to the ice in 2015 was big news. And amid San Diego’s on-again, off-again relationship with professional hockey it’s easy to overlook the Gulls offering one of the best values in local sports. Every weekday home game is college night with tickets for just $15 with a valid ID. Local students returning from Thanksgiving break can enjoy the Gulls’ last home game in November before it’s time to hit the books for finals.

By Brendan Dentino

Brendan Dentino is a U.S. Navy veteran, writer, and public servant based in San Diego. He writes weekly about baseball and politics at Out in Left.

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