State Spotlight:

Any event planner is sure to hit a homerun in California. The combination of the Golden State’s varied topography, sunny skies, temperate climate, and vast array of attractions practically ensure smiles and success. “California is a year-round destination, with weather that has something for everyone, from sun worshippers to snow bunnies, plus the sport to match,” said Caroline Beteta, Visit California president and CEO. “The scene goes beyond mainstream sports, with a diverse line-up including surfing – the state’s official sport – beach volleyball, skiing and snowboarding, skateboarding and rock climbing.”

State Spotlight:

Any event planner is sure to hit a homerun in California. The combination of the Golden State’s varied topography, sunny skies, temperate climate, and vast array of attractions practically ensure smiles and success. “California is a year-round destination, with weather that has something for everyone, from sun worshippers to snow bunnies, plus the sport to match,” said Caroline Beteta, Visit California president and CEO. “The scene goes beyond mainstream sports, with a diverse line-up including surfing – the state’s official sport – beach volleyball, skiing and snowboarding, skateboarding and rock climbing.”


Anaheim is centrally located in southern California between Los Angeles and San Diego. The city is home to the largest convention center on the West Coast.

Hotel Rooms: 63,595
Hotel tax rate: 15 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Honda Center is a multipurpose indoor arena that can accommodate up to 18,336
  • Jack Hammett Sports Complex has six fields for soccer and lacrosse
  • Huntington Beach sports Complex is a 45-acre facility with eight softball fields overlaid with seven soccer fields
  • Orange County Great Park houses a championship soccer stadium and has adjacent space for up to 26 soccer fields, as well as a 10-field baseball and softball complex
Convention Center:

The Anaheim Convention Center is the largest exhibit facility on the West Coast, spanning 53 acers and offering 1.8 million square feet of function space.


Visit Anaheim,


Bakersfield is located within a four-hour drive of 90 percent of the state’s population. The city offers a strong variety of sporting facilities and hotels that can work with almost any budget.

Hotel Rooms: 6000
Hotel tax rate: 12 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Kern County Soccer Park boasts 24 fields.
  • Kaiser Permanente Sports Village includes four football fields, 10 baseball/softball fields, 16 soccer fields, and an indoor gym
  • Aera Park has 11 lighted fields
  • Mesa Marin Softball Complex features four softball fields
Convention Center:

Mechanics Bank Arena Theater & Convention Center, offers 70,000 square feet of space, houses a 10,000-seat arena and is connected to the Rabobank Convention Center and 259-room Bakersfield Marriott.


Visit Bakersfield,

Big Bear

Big Bear Lake is more than 6700 feet in altitude. This makes a unique challenge to athletes and is often used as a training grounds.

Hotel Rooms: 2364
Major Facilities:
  • Bear Mountain and Snow Summit are ski resort towns that also support mountain biking competitions.

Big Bear Visitors Bureau,


Camarillo is centrally located in Ventura County, nestled between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Camarillo offers perfect year-round weather, accessibility, proximity to the beach and affordability. The city is known for its pristine fields and for being a family-friendly sports community.

Hotel Rooms: 1024
Major Facilities:
  • Pleasant Valley Fields offers 12 FIFA-size soccer fields that can be converted up to as many as 23 fields
  • Freedom Park is a 33-acre baseball and multi-use complex that features five baseball fields
  • Mission Oaks Park has three softball fields
  • Bob Kildee Community Park includes baseball fields, aquatics center, skatepark, and tennis/pickleball courts

Camarillo Hotel & Tourism Assoc.,

Conejo Valley

An easy 45-minute drive from Los Angeles, Conejo Valley offers all of the fun with none of the crowds. Whether it’s hiking through idyllic nature preserves, biking through the canyons to the ocean, or enjoying a day of pampering and world-class dining and shopping, Conejo Valley has something for everyone.

Hotel Rooms: 2145
Hotel tax rate: 12 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Sports Academy features four basketball courts and one indoor sand volleyball court

Conejo Valley Tourism,


Fresno County is situated in central California. The area is not only easy to get to, but it also features a variety of family-friendly attractions and restaurants and is in close proximity to Yosemite, King Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.

Hotel Rooms: 7000
Hotel tax rate: 14.2 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Chukchansi Park is a 10,650-seat baseball stadium that’s also used for soccer
  • Bulldog Stadium is a 40,727-seat football stadium
  • Veterans Memorial Stadium hosts football and track and field
  • Clovis West Aquatics Center has three pools, the largest of which is a 50-meter by 25-yard competition pool
Convention Center:

Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center offers more than 66,000 square feet of flexible space and has three exhibit halls that can be used separately or combined into one large hall.


Fresno/Clovis CVB,


The weather’s always perfect for competition in Irvine, the center of Orange County. With 280+ sunny days a year and an average annual temperature of 72.7°F, there’s no off-season.

Hotel Rooms: 4476
Hotel tax rate: 17.75 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Momentous Sports Center is an indoor facility with 22 indoor volleyball courts, 21 indoor basketball courts, and 21 indoor futsal courts
  • The 194-acre Orange County Great Park Sports Complex houses a 2500-seat championship soccer stadium, three NHL-size rinks, one Olympic-size rink, 12 baseball and softball fields, 19 soccer fields, five sand volleyball courts, 25 tennis courts, four basketball courts, and flexible field space

Destination Irvine,

Los Angeles

In addition to Los Angeles’ world-renowned franchises and lineup of mega events, the destination is home to a robust mix of brand new, historic and state-of-the-art venues. Combined with endless sunshine, a growing inventory of premier hotels, only-in-L.A. attractions and award-winning culinary scene, Los Angeles is the ultimate destination to experience for sporting events.

Hotel Rooms: 105,361
Major Facilities:
  • The Forum is a 17,500-seat multipurpose indoor venue
  • Dodger Stadium is a 56,000-seat ballpark
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is a 92,000-seat stadium
  • Staples Center is a 17,500-seat multipurpose venue
  • The Rose Bowl is a 92,000-seat stadium
Convention Center:

The Los Angeles Convention Center boasts 720,000 square feet of space and hosts approximately 350 events each year.


Los Angeles Sports Council,

Monterey County

Monterey County offers a moderate climate, abundance of sprawling outdoor spaces, and 99 miles of Pacific coastline.

Hotel Rooms: 12,000
Hotel tax rate: ranges depending on area
Major Facilities:
  • Monterey County Fair & Event Center offers 30,000 square feet of indoor space
  • The Salinas Sports Complex has two baseball fields, five softball fields, and an equestrian facility
  • WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway features a 2.238-mile-long track
Convention Center:

The Monterey Conference Center recently underwent a $60 million renovation and can host sports such as volleyball and basketball.


Monterey County CVB,


From e-sports to triathlons, cheerleading to boxing, you can find it in Oakland. The city also offer a range of hotels to meet any budget.

Hotel Rooms: 5000
Major Facilities:
  • Oakland Arena is a 19,200-seat multipurpose venue
  • Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum is a 64,200-seat multipurpose stadium
  • Soldiertown is an indoor facility with four courts for volleyball and basketball
  • Oakland Ice Center houses NHL and Olympic-size rinks
Convention Center:

Oakland Convention Center features 100,566 square feet of space.


Visit Oakland,


It’s all about location and the Mediterranean climate with Ontario. The city also offers plenty of venues, the great outdoors, and attractions.

Hotel Rooms: 6200
Hotel tax rate: ranges from 12 percent to 13.75 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Ontario Toyota Arena is a multipurpose venue with 11,000 seats
  • Rancho Cucamonga Sports Center has indoor and outdoor basketball courts
  • Rancho Cucamonga Epicenter features Loan Mart Field, a 5000-seat ballpark, three softball fields, and soccer fields
  • Silverlakes Equestrian Park and Sports Complex has 24 soccer fields, four synthetic fields, and five equestrian arenas
Convention Center:

The Ontario Convention Center hosts a wide range of sports, from cheer and dance to archery and wrestling.


Greater Ontario CVB,

Placer Valley

Placer Valley is comprised of three cities, Roseville, Rocklin, and Lincoln, which consistently rank as some of the top places to live, work, and play.

Hotel Rooms: 2627
Hotel tax rate: ranges from 6 percent to 10 percent, plus $6.50 per room, per night
Major Facilities:
  • Roebbelen Center is a 160,000-square-foot indoor venue with 12 basketball courts that convert into 24 volleyball courts
  • McBean Baseball Stadium hosts baseball

Placer Valley Tourism,

Rancho Cordova

Rancho Cordova is conveniently located just 25miles from the Sacramento International Airport and accessible from main highways.

Hotel Rooms: 2100
Major Facilities:
  • Mather Sports Complex houses one baseball field, two soccer fields, three multipurpose fields, four basketball courts, 20 Petanque courts and a sports center
  • Sacramento State Aquatic Center hosts rowing
  • Murieta Equestrian Center offers five indoor arenas and 12 outdoor arenas
  • Cordova High School has a 400-meter synthetic track and performing arts center for dance competitions

Rancho Cordova Travel & Tourism,


Located in the heart of Northern California, the picturesque city of Redding is an outdoor sports haven. Labeled as the sunniest city in California with 300 days of sunshine per year, Redding offers versatile sports venues for any event in any season.

Hotel Rooms: 2736
Major Facilities:
  • Redding Civic Auditorium offers 11,700 square feet of contiguous space
  • Big League Dreams features five fields, including scaled-down replicas of three famous ballparks: Boston’s Fenway Park, New York’s Yankee Stadium, and Chicago’s Wrigley Field

Visit Redding,


AYSO 47 LOCOMOTION Soccer Tournament at AB Brown Sports Complex in Riverside, Saturday, Feb., 14, 2015. (Eric Reed/Riverside Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Idyllic weather, a close proximity to Los Angeles, and picturesque beauty have drawn visitors to Riverside for years. The city is also less than 20 miles from the Ontario International Airport.

Hotel Rooms: 800
Hotel tax rate: 13 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Riverside Aquatics Complex houses a 65-meter competition pool
  • Rancho Jurupa Regional Sports Park features 32 acres of fields
  • LA Kings Icetown hosts youth and adult hockey
Convention Center:

Riverside Convention Center offers 65,000 square feet of flexible space and hosts a variety of sports, including gymnastics, wrestling, martial arts, e-sports, cheer, and dance.


Riverside Sports Commission,


Track and field, fishing, basketball, soccer—the Sacramento region is full of first-class facilities that are perfect for any event. And the Visit Sacramento Sports Commission has the experience and connections necessary to make sure your competition is a success.

Hotel Rooms: 11,250
Hotel tax rate: ranges from 14 percent to 17 percent
Major Facilities:
  • The region boasts a 442,000-square foot multipurpose arena, Mondo Super X 720 tracks, soccer, softball and volleyball complexes and 2000 acres of city parks
Convention Center:

The newly renovated and expanded SAFE Credit Union Convention Center sits in downtown Sacramento and opened in summer 2021. Since then, it has hosted a variety of events.


Sacramento Sports Commission,

San Diego

With year-round mild weather, a wide variety of indoor and outdoor sports venues, a well-built visitor infrastructure including a centrally located airport just 3-miles from downtown, San Diego is an outstanding destination to host a sports event – for organizers, participants, and attendees.

Hotel Rooms: 64,021
Hotel tax rate: 12.5 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Petco Park is a 42,445-seat ballpark
  • Snapdragon Stadium is a 35,000-seat football stadium
  • Pechanga Arena houses one hockey rink
  • Sportsplex USA has three baseball/softball diamonds
  • Surf Cup Sports Park boasts 24 soccer fields
Convention Center:

The San Diego Convention Center features more than 2.6 million square feet of space, including a large exhibit hall.


Sports San Diego,

San Francisco

San Francisco is home to a world-renowned sports and entertainment culture. Home to more than 15 professional championships, elite collegiate programs, historic entertainment venues, beautiful park spaces and more, San Francisco is the perfect home for your next event.

Hotel Rooms: 34,538
Major Facilities:
  • Chase Center is an 18,064-seat multipurpose venue
  • Oracle Park is a 43,000-seat ballpark
  • Kezar Stadium is a 9000-seat stadium
  • Golden Gate Park Tennis Facility has 14 courts
Convention Center:

Moscone Center offers 504,000 square feet of contiguous space.


San Francisco Travel,

San Jose

January 12, 2014: The San Francisco 49ers vs Carolina Panthers. The 49ers 23-10 victory over the Panthers at Bank of American Stadium in Charlotte, NC, WI (Photo © Terrell Lloyd) (49ers Photo)

San Jose has established itself as a premier destination for some of the most prestigious amateur and professional sports events.

Hotel Rooms: 4246
Hotel tax rate: 14 percent plus $2.50 and $.65 fee per room, per night
Major Facilities:
  • SAP Center is a multi-purpose indoor venue
  • PayPal Park is an MLS facility with a capacity of 18,000
  • Solar4America Ice features four NHL-size ice rinks
  • Levi’s Stadium is a 76,000-seat football stadium
Convention Center:

The San Jose McEnery Convention Center has hosted sports like fencing, taekwondo, judo, wrestling, volleyball, gymnastics and more.


San Jose Sports Authority,

San Mateo County

San Mateo County boasts nearly 90 miles of San Francisco Bay and Pacific coastlines, as well as mild temperatures year-round and easy access to the San Francisco International Airport.

Hotel Rooms: 16,000
Major Facilities:
  • The San Mateo County Event Center is a 48-acre facility with seven indoor buildings, including a 104,900-square foot Expo Hall and the 34,200-square foot column-free Fiesta Hall
  • Cow Palace Arena houses 30,000 square feet of floor space
  • Stanford University offers the 50,000-seat Stanford Stadium, 7233-seat multipurpose Maples Pavilion, Avery Aquatic Center, and Cobb Track & Angell Field
  • The Foundry includes six indoor volleyball courts that can interchange
  • Sports House contains two indoor turf fields, a full-size basketball court, three volleyball courts, and an adjacent outdoor beach volleyball court
  • The Broadway Tennis Center boasts six indoor hard courts

San Mateo County/Silicon Valley CVB,

Santa Clara

Santa Clara is about 45 miles southeast of San Francisco, in the center of the Silicon Valley. The city is home to significant venues like Levi’s Stadium and the George F. Haines International Swim Center.

Hotel Rooms: 3821
Major Facilities:
  • Levi’s Stadium can hold up to 75,000
  • Leavey Center is a 4700-seat multipurpose arena
  • George F. Haines International Swim Center is an outdoor facility that houses a pool and diving well
  • Stephen Schott Stadium is a 1500-seat baseball stadium
  • Stevens Stadium is a 6800-seat soccer stadium
  • Mission Sports Complex features four natural grass fields, three with dirt infields and one with a grass infield
Convention Center:

The Santa Clara Convention Center houses 302,000 square feet of space and can host all sorts of sports.


Visit Santa Clara,

Santa Clarita

Santa Clarita Marathon

With over two decades of experience hosting sporting events both big and small, Santa Clarita is the ideal destination for a sporting event. Cyclists, swimmers, runners, soccer players, and golfers will not only make the most of our pristine sports facilities, they’ll also enjoy the true southern California experience, from the sunny skies to the world-class dining and entertainment options.

Hotel Rooms: 2300
Hotel tax rate: 12 percent
Major Facilities:
  • Central Park features four baseball diamonds, 10 soccer fields, three basketball courts, a 3.1-mile cross country course, and a 18-hole disc golf course
  • The Cube Ice & Entertainment Center has more than 93,000 square feet of skating and event space
  • Santa Clarita Sports Complex has two basketball courts, four pickleball courts, two volleyball courts, and two futsal courts
  • Santa Clarita Aquatic Center houses a 50-meter competition pool and 25-meter dive pool
  • Santa Clarita Skate Park features large bowls and more

City of Santa Clarita,

Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa is located in northern California, in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country, where cycling is one of the top sports on a competitive professional and amateur level.   Santa Rosa offers beautiful natural sports venues as well as a variety of sporting facilities around the county.

Hotel Rooms: 2000; 6000 countywide
Hotel tax rate: 14 percent
Major Facilities:
  • The City of Santa Rosa Parks & Recreation manages 10 community parks and two aquatic centers with a variety of fields and facilities, including baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, basketball, golf, cross country, pickleball, swimming, and more
  • Sonoma County Regional Parks offer disc golf courses

Visit Santa Rosa,

Simi Valley

In southern California, just minutes from Los Angeles, is the Simi Valley. The area is known for state-of-the-art sports facilities for adults and youth alike.

Hotel Rooms: 670
Major Facilities:
  • Skatelab is an indoor park for skateboarding
  • Iceoplex is an ice arena
  • The area also offers venues for soccer, volleyball, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, golf, and more

Visit Simi Valley,


Stockton is home to three minor league teams and the University of the Pacific. The city consistently hosts a wide variety of youth sporting events, national championships and collegiate events.

Hotel Rooms: 2400
Major Facilities:
  • Stockton Arena can seat up to 12,000 and hosts basketball and hockey
  • Stockton Ballpark AKA Banner Island Ballpark is a 5500-seat minor league ballpark
  • Chris Kjeldsen Pool at the Pacific Aquatics Center hosts swimming and water polo

Visit Stockton,


The Tri-Valley area is a triangle-shaped region in the eastern San Francisco Bay Area, which is about 18 miles southeast of Oakland and 33 miles from San Francisco. It includes the cities of Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, and San Ramon.

Hotel Rooms: 3000
Major Facilities:
  • Ken Mercer Sports Park has 23 baseball diamonds and nine soccer fields
  • Alameda County Fairgrounds offers more than 60,000 square feet of indoor space
  • Max Baer Park has eight baseball diamonds and one soccer field
  • National Basketball Courts features five hardwood courts
  • Emerald Glen Park includes four soccer fields, three baseball diamonds, and one cricket field
  • Dublin Sports Grounds consists of five baseball diamonds, two softball fields, and six soccer fields
  • Osage Station Park has four baseball diamonds and five soccer fields
  • Cytomax Fields offers four soccer fields

Visit Tri-Valley,


Vallejo is situated in northern California, midway between San Francisco and Sacramento.

Hotel Rooms: 1440
Major Facilities:
  • North Vallejo Community Park offers a softball field and multi-use field
  • Amador Complex hosts tennis
  • Wilson Park is a 500-seat minor league ballpark
  • Morton Field hosts football and soccer

Visit Vallejo,


Visalia is nestled in the foothills below the Sierra Nevada. The city boasts a mild climate and is easily reached by California’s three major metro cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento.

Hotel Rooms: 1316
Major Facilities:
  • Riverway Sports Park has 10 soccer fields and four baseball fields
  • Recreation Park is a 2468-seat ballpark
  • Mineral King Bowl is a track and field and football stadium
Convention Center:

The Visalia Convention Center sits in downtown Visalia and features 29,684 square feet of space.


Visit Visalia,

Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek is located about 25 miles east of San Francisco.

Hotel Rooms: 1,100
Major Facilities:
  • Ultimate Fieldhouse has four regulation length basketball courts
  • Shadesland SportsMall has facilities for soccer, basketball, gymnastics, dance, swimming, baseball, volleyball, taekwondo, and more

Walnut Creek CVB,