What makes Santa Clara a top tournament destination?
There is more to tournament planning than meets the eye. Planners need to find an environment that provides both top-notch facilities along with attractions and entertainment to give teams and their families the opportunity for new experiences and adventures. Not every team can walk out of your event with a first place trophy, but every player can leave with memories from a trip full of excitement, along with a souvenir or two. This is where Santa Clara puts itself in the top tier.
Santa Clara knows how to throw a sporting event in the very top echelons of the sports universe -it hosted Super Bowl 50 in 2016. Santa Clara also offers its guests unique shopping opportunities, world-class dining and fun things to do off the field. Pair attractions like California’s Great America with top-of-the-line sports venues like Levi’s Stadium, and Santa Clara is sure to raise the bar for sports events to come.
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What Facilities are Available in Santa Clara?
Sports: Outdoor sports
Even though their name is San Francisco, Santa Clara is the home to one of the NFL’s most storied franchises, the 49ers. The high-tech stadium opened in 2014 and can hold up to 75,000 visitors. It’s no stranger to the national spotlight, having hosted the PAC-12 Championship, WrestleMania 31 and Super Bowl 50. The turf is natural grass, and the stadium offers luxury suites and a parking deck on site. It’s also one of the most energy-efficient stadiums and one of the largest structures registered with the U.S. Green Building Council.
Sports: Basketball, volleyball
Home of the Santa Clara University men’s and women’s basketball teams and the school’s women’s volleyball programs. Leavey Center is a 4,700-seat complex that includes a themed floor, bleachers and a suspended scoreboard. The 101,300-square-foot facility also has a weight room, locker rooms, restrooms and concessions. There is a parking structure on campus near the complex, and additional parking is available around campus. Leavey Center has hosted nine West Coast Conference Championships.
George F. Haines International Swim Center
Sports: Swimming, diving
The outdoor George F. Haines International Swim Center is a world-class facility that has been the training ground for many Olympic swimming, diving and synchronized swimming champions. The center’s racing pool is 75 by 50 feet with nine lanes and the training pool is 75 feet by 42 feet with six lanes. The diving well is 75 feet by 65 feet with a maximum depth of 17 feet along with 1-meter and 3-meter diving boards and a diving platform. Bleacher seating is available for spectators.
Stephen Schott Stadium
Santa Clara University’s baseball team calls Stephen Schott Stadium home. The 1,500-seat stadium is fully lit and includes an electronic scoreboard. Teams will love the 5,000-square-foot clubhouse (with showers) to prepare for the game and relax after. The park also holds a four-window concession stand, an umpire locker room, four covered batting cages, a medical training facility and 800-foot dugouts. Parking is adjacent to the field and around the university campus.
Sports: Outdoor sports
This 6,800-seat facility hosts the Santa Clara University soccer programs and is lighted for nighttime play. The natural-grass field has also been the home of the MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes. It was recently renovated in 2015 to include a 7,000-square-foot training facility, new stadium seats, a new press box and a new scoreboard. It has hosted events like the NCAA Women’s College Cup Division I Finals and hosted the Brazilian National Team for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Parking is available adjacent to the stadium and around the university campus.
Mission Sports Complex
Sports: Baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, basketball, volleyball
A number of facilities are on the Mission College campus in Santa Clara. It includes four natural- grass ball fields, three with dirt infields and one with a grass infield. The baseball/softball fields include batting cages, bleacher seating and lights. Next to the ball fields are the nine tennis courts. Spectators can take in the event from bleacher seats. Across the street from the courts is the gymnasium, ready for basketball and volleyball. There are planned renovations at the gym for new shower facilities, team rooms and a sauna. Ample parking is available surrounding Mission College.
Santa Clara Convention Center
The massive, two-story, 302,000-square-foot Santa Clara Convention Center features a 100,000-square-foot column free exhibit hall with 20-foot-high ceilings. It also includes three ballrooms ranging from 3,000 to 22,000-square-feet with a 20 foot high ceiling in the largest ballroom. Lodging is on site at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara adjacent to the center, and there is ample parking at the facility. The center offers catering services.
- One of the few destinations that has hosted Super Bowl (50), WrestleMania (31) and a Gold Cup Final.
- Scheduled to host the 2019 College Football Championship game.
- Home to the George F. Haines International Swim Center and the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF).
What can my group do in Santa Clara?
If your group doesn’t get enough thrills on the playing field, visitors can stop by California’s Great America, the only theme park in the state that offers a full water park free with admission. While in Silicon Valley, your group can learn more about the technology industry by visiting places like the Intel Museum where you can discover how computer chips are made. Take your group on a 90-minute tour of Levi’s Stadium and/or self-guided tour of the 49ers Museum presented by Sony. Have some fun at Off the Wall Soccer where groups can be accommodated for parties and events as well as indoor soccer tournaments. Your group can also enjoy City Beach, a one-of-a-kind corporate team building, family recreation, sports, and event center!
Don’t forget to check out the shops while in Santa Clara. With eight shopping centers, everyone will have a chance to find the perfect gift to bring home at places like the Santa Clara Town Centre, Mercado Santa Clara, Rivermark Plaza or Westfield Valley Fair. Indulge in your favorite foods at places like Birk’s Restaurant, or try out the new restaurants at Santa Clara Square less than a mile from the Santa Clara Convention Center. They include II Fornaio, Opa! Authentic Greek Cuisine, Fleming’s Steak House & Wine Bar, and Puesto- Mexican Street Food.
How do you get to Santa Clara?
A number of international airports and major interstates in the Bay Area make Santa Clara an accessible location. Besides an airport in neighboring San Jose, there’s one in San Francisco as well as in Oakland.
By Car: Several of the country’s major arteries pour into the area, and Santa Clara is a day’s drive away from cities like Sacramento, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, Reno and Portland. Interstate 880 is accessible from I-5, I-80 and US 101.
By Air: Fifteen minutes from Santa Clara is the Mineta San Jose International Airport, which is served by Air Canada, Air China, Alaskan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue, Lufthansa Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Volaris Airlines.