Sacramento is one of California’s most historic cities, boasting a remarkable array of parks, amenities, landmarks and, of course, top-notch sports facilities throughout. The city is proud of its iconic features and invites sports planners, players, family members and spectators alike to see what this capital city is all about.
A mini version of California’s renowned Golden Gate Bridge, Tower Bridge connects Sacramento and West Sacramento, accommodating pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular traffic. It affords spectacular views of the city.
Sacramento offers endless dining options, and visitors should check out some of its eateries popular with large groups, including Swabbies on the River, Localis, Bacon & Butter and Dad’s Kitchen.
Beyond its historical significance, cherished local activities and delectable eateries, Sacramento hosts world-class sports events. Upcoming and previously held events include Amgen Tour of California, NCAA D-1 Preliminary Round Track & Field Championships, California International Marathon, National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships and USA Archery Indoor Championships.
Notable Recent/Upcoming Events
- Amgen Tour of California at State Capitol grounds (May 19, 2018)
- NCAA D-1 Preliminary Round Track & Field Championships at Sacramento State University (May 24-26, 2018)
- California International Marathon in Folsom to Downtown Sacramento (December 2, 2018)
- USA Track & Field, National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships at Sacramento State University (July 22-28, 2019)
- USA Archery, Indoor Championships at Jackson Sports Academy (February 22-24, 2019)
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- Golden 1 Center
- Raley Field
- Sacramento Convention Center Complex
- Sacramento State University
- Papa Murphy’s Park
- Sacramento Softball Complex
- Haggin Oaks Golf Complex
Golden 1 Center
Located in downtown Sacramento, Golden 1 Center is an indoor arena and part of a business and entertainment district called Downtown Commons, which includes a $250 million, 16-story mixed-use tower. The facility boasts over 1,000 next generation Wi-Fi access points with capabilities to seat from 10 to more than 17,500 guests. Golden 1 is an ideal destination for hosting conventions, corporate events, exhibitions, company outings, political functions and sporting events. Home of the Sacramento Kings of the NBA, the facility is capable of hosting both basketball and ice hockey events.
Sports: Basketball, hockey
Home of the Sacramento River Cats minor league baseball team, Raley Field has a capacity of 10,624 seats, featuring a grass surface and several facilities available for rent. The field is an ideal space for company softball games, youth baseball and softball games and tournaments, batting practice and graduation ceremonies. Various rental facilities at Raley Field include the Beer Garden, Sactown Smokehouse, Solon Club, Home Run Terrace, Pacifico Porch and Down on the Farm, a children’s play area with a Tower Bridge replica, Whiffle ball field, misting pad and inflatable play structure.
Sports: Baseball, softball
Sacramento Convention Center Complex
Sacramento Convention Center Complex is a collection of entertainment venues, including Sacramento Convention Center, the Community Center Theater, Sacramento Memorial Auditorium and the Jean Runyon Little Theater. Sacramento Convention Center features an exhibit hall with 134,000 square feet of exhibit space, 31 meeting rooms and a ballroom. Established in 1926, Sacramento Memorial Auditorium is a 3,867-seat multi-purpose venue and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Each facility has several nearby parking garages.
Sacramento State University
Sacramento State University is undeniably Sacramento’s home for the best and highest number of world-class sports facilities. The university’s main facilities include Hornet Stadium, Broad Athletic Fieldhouse, the Nest, John Smith Field, Shea Stadium, Hornet Field, Sacramento State Aquatic Center, Sacramento State Tennis Courts and Livermore Community Park. Hornet Stadium was originally built in 1969 and has a capacity for 21,195 spectators; the facility has a new state-of-the-art playing field and scoreboard. Built in 1955, the Nest is one of the NCAA’s oldest facilities among all Division 1 member universities. In May of 2018, the university hosted the NCAA D-1 Preliminary Round Track & Field Championships and in July 2019 will host the USA Track & Field National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships.
Papa Murphy’s Park
A soccer-specific stadium located on the grounds of Cal Expo, Papa Murphy’s Park includes a full-size soccer field and has a capacity for 19,600 spectators. Amenities include internet access, four spacious dressing rooms, three offices with five production rooms, four full hook-up bus parking stations, a basketball court and barbecue area. The stadium has hosted concert headliners, such as Aerosmith, KISS, Bob Dylan, Phish and AC/DC. Near the park are several dining and hotel options, along with shopping, nightlife and recreational opportunities.
Sports: Soccer, basketball
Sacramento Softball Complex
Surrounded by a unique natural habitat, Sacramento Softball Complex is the region’s leading softball facility and sits adjacent to Haggin Oaks Golf Complex. This world-class sports facility features four lighted softball fields, four lighted sand volleyball courts, 500 parking spaces, a sports cafe with a full-service snack bar and shaded eating area, a children’s play area, an electronic scoreboard, office/umpire building, and disabled-accessible restrooms and bleachers. The complex serves as an ideal facility for league and tournament play for men, women and co-ed teams of all levels.
Sports: Softball, volleyball
Haggin Oaks Golf Complex
Awarded the title for “Best place to practice your golf swing when nobody’s looking” by Sacramento News and Review, Haggin Oaks Golf Complex features more than 100 hitting stations on an award-winning driving range, five practice greens, two sand bunkers, three academy holes and a complete club-fitting center, making it one of the most developed learning centers for golf in Northern California. Other amenities at the facility include the Super Shop golf store, a player performance studio, club repair center and MacKenzie’s Sports Bar & Grille.
Things to do in Sacramento
Sprinkled with historical landmarks, museums and outdoor activities, Sacramento is a hotspot for family-friendly attractions.
Old Sacramento Waterfront District, generally referred to as Old Sac, is a thriving 28-acre shopping and entertainment district, tourist destination and home to some of the city’s most influential history. The area is deemed a National Historic Landmark District and State Historic Park, dating back to California’s Gold Rush of 1849.
A fantastic educational experience for the whole family, California State Railroad Museum is located in Old Sacramento and regarded as one of North America’s premier train museums. Groups can enjoy a 45-minute train ride along the Sacramento River or, in season, relive the magical voyage of the Polar Express on an hour-long trip to the North Pole.
The California State Capitol building is the state’s working seat of government. It also serves as a museum, bringing together the past, present and future of the Golden State. Tours are available.
Another prominent educational and cultural attraction, Crocker Art Museum is the longest continuously-operating art museum in the West. Permanent collections at the museum include American Art before 1945, American Art after 1945, European Art, Ceramics, and Works on Paper and Photography.
For outdoor fun, head to the American River Bike Trail, also known as the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail. Situated along the banks of the American River, it runs for 32 miles between Discovery Park in Old Sacramento and Folsom Lake’s southwestern banks. When biking or walking along the trail, visitors can stop at several of the path’s parks and swimming areas, or simply take in the stunning scenery.
How to Get to Sacramento
By Land: California’s capital, situated in the northern part of the state, is less than a 10-hour drive from major cities, including San Francisco, Reno, Portland, Boise, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Major highways that connect to Sacramento are I-5, I-80, I-70, I-15 and I-25.
By Air: Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is 10 miles northwest of downtown Sacramento, with Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and SkyWest Airlines being the airport’s largest airline carriers. The airport’s busiest domestic routes are to and from Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle-Tacoma, Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas, Burbank, Ontario and Portland.
Company Name: Sacramento Sports Commission
Sports Sales Manager: Mike Sophia
Title: Director Sacramento Sports Commission