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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.

Raiders vs. Niners
The Raiders against the 49ers at McAfee Coliseum in 2008

Other sports

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 Tour since 2009.


Olympic Club 18th hole lakeside
The 18th hole at the Olympic Club.

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


Stadium City Capacity Type Tenants Opened
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
Hughes Stadium Sacramento 20,311 Multi-purpose 1928
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


Stadium City Capacity Type Tenants Opened Closed Fate
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

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