Sports in the San Francisco Bay Area facts for kids
The San Francisco Bay Area, which includes the major cities of San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, hosts seven major league sports franchises, as well as several other professional and college sports teams, and hosts other sports events.
The Bay Area was the host for the 2013 America's Cup. The Bay Area has a leading and innovative alternative, outdoor and action sports culture. Examples include mountain biking, Alcatraz triathlon, Team Handball (Olympic Handball), skate boarding/Thrasher Magazine, CrossFit (Santa Cruz) and surfing at well known breaks such as Steamer Lane, Mavericks, Ocean Beach and Bodega Bay.
TPC Stonebrae is a private golf club that hosts the TPC Stonebrae Championship, part of the Web.com Tour since 2009.
With an ideal climate for outdoor activities, San Francisco has ample resources and opportunities for amateur and participatory sports and recreation. There are more than 200 miles (320 km) of bicycle paths, lanes and bike routes in the city, and the Embarcadero and Marina Green are favored sites for skateboarding. Extensive public tennis facilities are available in Golden Gate Park and Dolores Park, as well as at smaller neighborhood courts throughout the city. San Francisco residents have often ranked among the fittest in the U.S. Golden Gate Park has miles of paved and unpaved running trails as well as a golf course and disc golf course.
Boating, sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing are among the popular activities on San Francisco Bay, and the city maintains a yacht harbor in the Marina District. The St. Francis Yacht Club and Golden Gate Yacht Club are located in the Marina Harbor. The South Beach Yacht Club is located next to AT&T Park and Pier 39 has an extensive marina.
Historic Aquatic Park located along the northern San Francisco shore hosts two swimming and rowing clubs. The South End Rowing Club, established in 1873, and the Dolphin Club maintain a friendly rivalry between members. Swimmers can be seen daily braving the typically cold bay waters.
Stadiums and arenas
|Levi's Stadium||Santa Clara||68,500||Football||San Francisco 49ers, San Jose Earthquakes, Foster Farms Bowl||2014|
|Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum||Oakland||63,026||Multi-purpose||Oakland Raiders, Oakland Athletics||1966|
|California Memorial Stadium||Berkeley||62,717||Football||California Golden Bears||1923|
|Stanford Stadium||Stanford||50,000||Football||Stanford Cardinal||1921; 2006|
|AT&T Park||San Francisco||41,503||Baseball||San Francisco Giants; formerly Fight Hunger Bowl||2000|
|CEFCU Stadium||San Jose||30,456||Football||San Jose State Spartans||1933|
|Hornet Stadium||Sacramento||21,650||Football||Sacramento State Hornets||1969|
|Oracle Arena||Oakland||19,596||Arena||Golden State Warriors||1966|
|SAP Center at San Jose||San Jose||18,543||Arena||San Jose Sharks
San Jose Barracuda
San Jose SaberCats
|Avaya Stadium||San Jose||18,000||Soccer||San Jose Earthquakes||2015|
|Chase Center||San Francisco||18,000||Arena||Golden State Warriors||2019
|Golden 1 Center||Sacramento||17,500||Arena||Sacramento Kings||2016|
|Raley Field||West Sacramento||14,011||Baseball||Sacramento River Cats||2000|
|Cow Palace||Daly City||12,953||Arena||1941|
|Stockton Arena||Stockton||11,100||Arena||Stockton Heat||2005|
|Candlestick Park||San Francisco||70,207||Multi-purpose||San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers||1960||2013||Demolished|
|Sleep Train Arena||Sacramento||17,317||Arena||Sacramento Kings||1988||2016||TBD|
Oracle Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors
Avaya Stadium, home of the San Jose Earthquakes
CEFCU Stadium, home of the San Jose State Spartans football team
Images for kids
The San Francisco Dons men's basketball team plays at the War Memorial Gymnasium.
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