Oakland, California

By Connect Sports Staff, March 21, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 1.26.53 PMDiversity is the name of the game in Oakland, California. From ice skating to triathlons to cheerleading and boxing to basketball to dragon boating, there is no place quite like Oakland. It may be only 12 minutes from San Francisco, but things feel a little different here. In Oakland you’ll find there’s plenty of time to experience cutting-edge art and music, dine at the hottest restaurants in the country, see a world-class sports event or enjoy the sunny weather—all while having a great event. The competition may come first, but pleasure isn’t far behind.

No matter where you plan to explore, Oakland’s hotels will be the perfect jumping-off point for your group. Waterfront properties, downtown dwellings, airport accommodations and hillside hotels, rest assured Oakland’s hotels will fit your needs. For fun away from the field, head to Oakland Zoo, Chabot Space & Science Center, Fox Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Oakland Museum of California, Lake Merritt, USS Potomac and Jack London Square.

Oakland is No. 8 on Lonely Planet’s 2015 Best in the U.S. list and also has received more positive accolades such as Most Exciting City in America by Movoto, sixth Best Rising Star Destination by The Huffington Post and the fifth Hippest City in the U.S. by Thrillist.

“Producing the Oakland Triathlon Festival in Jack London Square and working with the City of Oakland has been an incredible experience. Jack London Square, the Oakland staff and its jurisdictional decision-makers have made the planning process and execution flawless. They are extremely professional in the way they conduct business. USA Productions had the privilege of conducting the first-ever triathlon in Oakland and, based on its success, look forward to many more years of support from the community. Oakland is thriving with growth and it’s exciting to be part of the revitalization process.”

–Ryan Coelho, Project Sport

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