Located in the San Francisco Bay area, Tri-Valley consists of two counties and − as its name suggests − three valleys, which are home to five cities: Dublin, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Livermore and Danville.
The five cities have distinct personalities and their own collection of sports venues, allowing sports planners to find the right fit for their sports event. Tri-Valley’s elite facilities, impeccable service and local attractions create the perfect combination for a successful sports tournament.
The city of Dublin recently approved the construction of an aquatic center, with completion expected in 2015.As far as new events and tournaments, Tri-Valley landed the 2013 Little League Intermediate World Series, which brought hundreds of teams and players to the area. Pleasanton RAGE and Mustang Soccer bring elite levels of competition to Tri-Valley every year.
The 267-acre fairgrounds are located in the heart of downtown Pleasanton and welcome dozens of athletic events every year, including horse races, running competitions and golf tournaments. It features 10 buildings with over 131,000 square feet of exhibition space, which can be converted into indoor rinks for wrestling, boxing, gymnastics or cheerleading. The surrounding park-like areas can be used for outdoor sports, such as soccer or football. In the summer, the fairgrounds host the Alameda County Fair, which can be enjoyed by athletes and their families in between matches.
Pleasanton Sports & Recreation Park
The multi-sport facility includes 12 soccer fields, four baseball diamonds, numerous Little League and hardball fields, and softball complexes. There are also dedicated areas for football and volleyball, plus a community center next to the park that can be used for tournament headquarters or for trophy ceremonies.
Del Valle Lake
Located 10 miles southeast of Livermore, the lake is a popular destination for boating, kayaking, swimming, hiking and biking.
Fallon Sports Park
Fallon is Dublin’s newest park and has become a popular location for sports events. It includes two lighted 60-foot baseball diamonds, two lighted softball diamonds, two lighted synthetic turf soccer fields, four lighted basketball courts and four lighted tennis courts. It also features a BMX track, plus pathways and trails for walking, running and biking.
Robert Livermore Community Center
A top-of-the-line complex with plenty of public space and elite facilities to accommodate all kinds of events. The community center offers 71,000 square feet of indoor space at the Community Building and Recreation Building, with an additional 45,000 square feet at the Aquatics Center. The Recreation Building houses a number of dance studios and a gymnasium for adult and youth sports. The Aquatics Center includes a 33-meter pool for recreation and lap swimming, water polo and kayaking courses.
A 110-acre community park that houses the Livermore Valley Rodeo Stadium. There are also three full-sized soccer fields, two softball fields, equestrian facilities and trails for hiking, biking and running.
Attractions & Accommodations
Young athletes can let loose at Boomers, which offers miniature golf, bumper boats, go-karts, laser tag and an arcade. Or families can visit Super Franks in Pleasanton, which is designed for kids under the age of eight. Livermore’s Umigo Indoor Kart Racing welcomes thrill seekers 10 and up. The region also boasts a wide array of golf courses, parks and lakes. In Livermore visit the world’s longest continuously burning light bulb at Fire Station #6 on East Avenue. Parents can visit local museums and art galleries or enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting at one of more than 50 wineries in the Livermore Valley Wine Region. San Francisco, a short drive away, abounds with attractions, including Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown and boat cruises to Alcatraz Island. Many families venture to Six Flags discovery in Vallejo, which features animal attractions and thrill rides.
Getting Here and Getting Around
Tri-Valley is located about 35 miles east of San Francisco and 18 miles southeast of Oakland. It is right at the intersections of Highways 580 and 680 in the East Bay. From two major international airports, athletes, coaches and guests can get there via car, bus or the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system. Once in the region, the easiest way to get around is by car or bus. However, there are a few other options to get teams from one place to the next, such as Wheels, the Livermore Amador Valley Transit system that offers public transport for the communities of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton.
Tri-Valley has a number of large, brand-name hotels, convenient for large tournaments. There are also a lot of smaller properties with 80-120 rooms that can perfectly house smaller events. Tri-Valley’s visitors bureau recently implemented a new service for group hotel bookings through PassKey. Simply, PassKey makes it easier to book hotels and track room pickup. Among the tournaments using this service was the Little League Intermediate World Series in the summer of 2013.