Over the last few years, Oracle Arena has been welcomed into more living rooms than nearly any other arena in the NBA. Between the constant national broadcasts and the Warriors deep playoff runs, the world has had a peek into the arena in Oakland and all the stars put on shows on a nightly basis. The team has won championships in 1947, 1956, 1975 and 2015.
The Leavey Center is home to the Santa Clara men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams. Prior to renovation and being renamed in honor of the founder of Farmers Insurance, the Leavey Center was known as Harold J. Toso Pavilion. The uniqueness of the building I will highlight as both a positive and a negative in terms of atmosphere.
McKeon Pavilion has served as the home court for the Gaels since 1978 and has a capacity of 3,500 fans. A game at McKeon Pavilion is one of the best college basketball experiences in Northern California thanks to quality of play and the intimate setting for a game.
San Jose State has fielded a football team since 1893 and won 16 conference championships in that time. Though they may be the third program you think of when thinking of Bay Area college football, the Spartans have a rich player and coach history that includes Bill Walsh, Dick Vermeil, Jeff Garcia, Joe Nedney, Steve DeBerg and perhaps most famous, Glenn “Pop” Warner.
The Sacramento River Cats have been in Sacramento since 2000 and have played at Raley Field that entire time. The River Cats were affiliated with the nearby Oakland A’s for the first 15 years they were in Sacramento before switching affiliations to the San Francisco Giants in 2015. The River Cats have won four league titles and two class titles since 2000 and have won an impressive 11 division championships since 2000.
Look forward to the continued growth of hockey in the Stockton area as a higher level of minor league hockey has moved to the area. The Stockton Heat began play in the AHL during the 2015-16 season.