Diversity 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
Oakland Ice Center
Sharks Ice at Oakland is the newest ice skating facility in California to be operated by the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. It is a state-of-the-art ice facility located in uptown Oakland, hosting hundreds of events annually including national championship hockey tournaments, over-the-top corporate events and more. The facility has one NHL-size ice surface and one that’s Olympic-size. Each rink has state-of-the-art sound systems and there is a full-service food court and pro shop.
Melissa Fitzgerald, Operations Manager
Oakland Convention Center
Oakland Convention Center is located in the heart of downtown. Fifteen minutes from downtown San Francisco, the center is an ideal space for tournaments and sports events headed to the Bay Area. With 45,960 square feet of unobstructed space, the east and west halls can accommodate gymnastic tournaments, wrestling events, roller derby and more. The newly renovated east and west halls are fully carpeted and can be combined to provide 48,000 square feet of flexible space, with 22-ft. ceilings and 13 breakout rooms—seven of which can be used as luxury boxes with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the main convention space. Portable staging and seating is available as needed. There’s an attached full-service hotel featuring 489 guest rooms with seven suites. The hotel has a restaurant, lounge, outdoor swimming pool, exercise room, business center, concierge lounge, travel agency, car rental service and an additional 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.
Chris Halteh, Director of Sales and Marketing