Why the Bay Area Is the Sports Capital of the World

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America’s Cup and Super Bowl L

If all of that did not convince you of the rich sports culture that the Bay Area has to offer, the region will be center-stage around the world for two huge events coming up in no time.

First, the America’s Cup will be held in San Francisco Bay this summer from July to September. The event features top-notch sailors and boats from around the world racing next to the beautiful skyline of San Francisco. In fact, a special “America’s Cup Pavilion” on Piers 27-29 was built just for the event, and it will feature concerts and various shows throughout the Cup. Big names such as Jason Mraz, the Jonas Brothers, and Train are scheduled to perform there later this year.

April 19, 2012; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers chief executive officer Jed York speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new 49ers stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

All eyes will be on the San Francisco Bay Area once again three years from now, as the Super Bowl will be played at the 49ers’ new stadium in Santa Clara.

The new stadium, to be named Levi’s Stadium, will hold 68,500 people and feature the latest, state-of-the-art advances in Silicon Valley.

Along with a green roof, it will feature “stadium-wide WiFi capability, mobile connectivity, IPTV, and colossal HD video boards measuring over 13,000 square feet, no one will miss a minute of the action,” according to the stadium’s official website. 

Just the fact that this stadium will be built is a major accomplishment for the Bay Area, but hosting a Super Bowl?

Think about all the fans, media, and celebrities that will fly into the Bay during Super Bowl week, all the restaurants and hotels booked full, and the amount of revenue and business that will give a huge boost to the economy in the region.

The America’s Cup and the Super Bowl.

We can hardly wait.