2015 Connect Sports Facilities Guide: San Mateo/Silicon Valley, California

Looking for the ultimate California experience with seashores, sunshine, spectacular views, fresh cuisine, endless outdoor recreational activities year-round and sports event venues with views of the Pacific Ocean—right next door to San Francisco? You’ll find it all in San Mateo County/Silicon Valley.

With year-round sunshine and 90 miles of Bay and Pacific coastlines, it’s no surprise San Mateo County/Silicon Valley, with its diverse neighborhoods, is host to marathons, adventure races and extreme water sports. As home to San Francisco International Airport, athletes and attendees can easily access state-of-the-art venues.

San Mateo County/Silicon Valley was the site of the 2012 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club. The inaugural 2012 Divas Half Marathon San Francisco Bay challenged more than 5,000 runners to wind their way through our bayside trails while views of the San Francisco skyline pushed them to the finish line. Since the early 1990s, Mavericks Surf Contest has attracted the world’s most elite big-wave surfers to Half Moon Bay on the San Mateo County coast.

World-class indoor facilities grace our peninsula. The Foundry, a six-court indoor volleyball facility, opened its doors in 2011 with the support of local gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings and her husband, Casey Jennings. Burlingamer and SportsHouse have tournament-quality futsal and indoor soccer pitches.

Multipurpose San Mateo County Event Center accommodates everything from fencing to basketball tournaments. Cow Palace Arena is home to Grand National Rodeo and many other sporting events.

You won’t find a more awe-inspiring view of San Francisco Bay than running the nine-lane track, nestled in the hills at College of San Mateo. Then travel to the south end of our county, in the heart of Silicon Valley, to Stanford University’s iconic athletic venues: Avery Aquatic Center, Cobb Track at Angell Field, or Stanford Stadium.

Choose from bay front, oceanfront or center of town. Luxury resorts, quaint inns, full-service hotels and bed-and-breakfasts all await your stay. With more than 170 hotels offering a combined total of more than 16,000 guest rooms, San Mateo County/Silicon Valley has something for all sports groups at different price points. We have easy access via San Francisco International Airport and complimentary round-trip shuttle service to and from SFO from most airport area hotels.

There are endless opportunities for exploration and activities—where else can you take in a San Francisco Giants game and a Stanford game in the same day, or hop on a San Francisco Bay cruise or Pacific Ocean whale-watching expedition, and then head back for wine tasting in the afternoon? Visit our cities’ quaint and charming downtowns up and down the peninsula. Whether you visit us by boat, plane, car or public transit, the opportunities to host world-class events with personalized assistance are endless. Come discover the best of the San Francisco Bay Area—San Mateo County/Silicon Valley—by visiting visitsanmateocounty.com.

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Laura Garratt




Photo Credit: Katty Peraza