2015 Connect Sports Facilities Guide: Oakland, California

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Diversity is the name of the game in Oakland. From ice-skating to triathlons, cheerleading to boxing, basketball to dragon boating, there is no place quite Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 8.52.25 AMlike Oakland. Oakland may be just 12 minutes from San Francisco, but things feel a little different here. In Oakland you’ll find that there’s plenty of time to experience the cutting edge art and music, dine at the hottest restaurants in the country, see a world-class sporting event or enjoy the sunny weather, all while having a great event too. 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 off the field, head to the Oakland Zoo, Chabot Space & Science Center, Fox Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Oakland Museum of California, Lake Merritt, USS Potomac and Jack London Square. Oakland is #8 on Lonely Planet’s “Best in the US 2015" and also has received more positive accolades, including “Most Exciting City in America” by Movoto, “6th Best Rising Star Destination” by The Huffington Post, and “5th Hippest City in the U.S.” by The Thrillist. Rights Holder Testimonial: “Producing The Oakland Triathlon Festival in Jack London Square and the City of Oakland has been an incredible experience. The Jack London Square and city staff as well as jurisdictional decision makers have made the planning process and execution flawless and are extremely professional in the way they conduct business. USA Productions had the privilege to conduct the first ever triathlon in the city of Oakland and based on the success look forward to many more years of support from the community and participation sellout for the event. Oakland is thriving with growth and it’s exciting to be part of the revitalization process.”                                    —Ryan Coelho, Project Sport