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Sports Venues in Northern California
Sports Venues in Northern California: Stimulate Your Senses with Live Competition
Witnessing a high-stakes sporting event gets your adrenaline pumping like nothing else. Most of the big ballparks, stadiums, and sports arenas in the region are located in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley.
One of the newest sports venues in Northern California is Levi’s Stadium. Opened in 2014 in Santa Clara, Levi’s Stadium is the state-of-the-art home of the San Francisco 49ers NFL team. For NHL games, head nearby to the SAP Center in San Jose to cheer on the San Jose Sharks. Around the corner at Avaya Stadium, the San Jose Earthquakes play Major League Soccer.
Just up the road in San Francisco, ATandT Park (opened in 2000) perches on the waterfront – it’s a great place to catch MLB games with the San Francisco Giants. Two more major venues sit side-by-side just over the bridge in Oakland. Oracle Arena is the home of the champion Golden State Warriors NBA team, and the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum hosts the Oakland Raiders NFL team and the Oakland Athletics MLB team. In Sacramento, the Golden 1 Center has been hailed as the arena of the future for its advanced facilities and sustainable features.
Home to the Golden State Warriors, the Oracle Arena is the oldest active arena in the National Basketball Association. Holding nearly 20,000 basketball fans, The O has more seating available than any other basketball arena in California. Plan a visit to the Bay Area during the NBA season and check out a Warriors game.
Located in Oakland, Oracle Arena was opened in 1966, and is set in the Coliseum Industrial area. Cheer on your favorite teams in the Bay Area when you visit Oracle Arena. From 1966 to 1996, this venue was known as the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. From 1997 to 2005, it was the Arena in Oakland, and then it was the Oakland Arena from 2006-2007.
Are you ready for some football? Well, Bay Area sports fans are. The O.co Coliseum, also known as The Oakland Coliseum, opened in 1966 as the home turf for the National Football League's Oakland Raiders. Since 1968, the Oakland Athletics Major League Baseball team have played home games in this multi-purpose stadium. Visit from nearby Oakland.
In 1977, Led Zeppelin performed two shows in the stadium that ended up being their last concert performances in North America. The stadium was the temporary home to the Major League Soccer team, the San Jose Earthquakes in 2008 and 2009.
The stadium has hosted a Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the Amnesty International Human Rights Now Benefit Concert, a Guns N' Roses concert and was the site for the Disney Movie Angels in the Outfield. The stadium remains the only stadium that houses full-time Major League Baseball and Major League Football.
Sleep Train Arena
Formerly home to NBA’s Sacramento Kings, the Sleep Train Arena is a 17,317-seat indoor arena set in Sacramento. Established in 1988 as the ARCO Arena, the arena is located in northern Sacramento at the confluence of Interstate 5 and Interstate 80.
Sleep Train Arena plays host to more than 200 events each year, including concerts, indoor soccer, rodeos, Ultimate Fighting Championships, and plenty more.
Home to the San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park is a Major League Baseball Field set in San Francisco. Formerly Pacific Bell Park and SBC Park, AT&T Park was established in 2000, and can hold nearly 42,000 ball fans right on the San Francisco Bay in the South Beach neighborhood.
The park also features the San Francisco Giants Wall of Fame, the five monuments to the Giants’ all-time great players, and the famed right field wall – a standing commemoration to Willie Mays. Join Giants mascot Lou Seal for a ball game with the Giants.
When residents and visitors of San Francisco are ready for a great open-air venue, there's only one place to go. They head to Candlestick Park. The stadium is located south of San Francisco, along the San Francisco Bay in Candlestick Point.
"The Stick" was built in 1960 for Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants. Former Vice President Richard Nixon threw the first pitch on opening day. The Giants played in the stadium until 1999, when they moved to AT&T Park.
The American Football League's Oakland Raiders' last three games of the 1960 season and the 1961 season games, were played in the stadium. In 1966, The Beatles performed their last concert in the stadium. The San Francisco 49ers played their home games at the stadium until 2014.
Buck Shaw Stadium
Home to Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes, the Buck Shaw Stadium is a soccer stadium in Santa Clara near San Jose. Open since 1962, Buck Shaw Stadium is a soccer stadium seating more than 10,000 spectators at the Santa Clara University campus.
Set in west San Jose, the stadium is also home to the Santa Clara Broncos athletics department. Cheer on the Broncos and Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium, and enjoy your night at a Best Western hotel in San Jose.
Home of the San Francisco 49ers, Levi's Stadium draws Bay Area football fans to the community of Santa Clara every fall. In 2014, the state-of-the-art stadium replaced historic, yet obsolete Candlestick Park, giving over 68,000 football fans a truly unique experience on Sundays.
While you enjoy a football game at Levi's Stadium, be sure to visit the 49ers Museum, a 20,000 square-foot facility dedicated to celebrating the team's storied history. Showcasing its versatility, the stadium also hosts a variety of separate events as well – the NCAA PAC-12 championship game, professional wrestling's Wrestlemania, and even college football's Fight Hunger Bowl.
SAP Center at San Jose
Dubbed the Shark Tank, SAP Center at San Jose is an indoor arena in San Jose, and home to the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks. Formerly Compaq Center at San Jose, HP Pavilion at San Jose, and San Jose Arena, the facility is also home to the San Jose Sabercats of the Arena Football League, and the SAP Open. Opening in 1993, this San Jose arena can hold up to 19,000 spectators, and has played host to concerts, touring circuses, and wrestling events. The next time you visit the San Francisco Bay Area, be sure to venture south in San Jose and enjoy an event at the SAP Center at San Jose.