Stockton Featured in Annual Sports Magazine

Stockton is being featured in an annual Sports Magazine for how great of a city we are to host events in.  The Sports Planning Guide, an annual publication, is featuring the city and our venues so that other event organizers can learn about how we do things in town.

Special thanks to the US Twirling Association and the West Coast Conference for the great words of reference they had to say about our city and our staff!

Read the article here:


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Thunder hosting Fan Fest and Scrimmage Game Wednesday

The Stockton Thunder, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s New York Islanders and AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers, have announced the free and open to the public Fan Fest and Black & White inter-squad scrimmage on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.

Stockton Arena will open doors 6:00 p.m. with the hour-long scrimmage set to start a half-hour later at 6:30. Fans attending can sit wherever they’d like as seating will be general admission.

“It’s really important to see the guys play a game because you can’t tell what a player is about until you see him in game situations,” Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Rich Kromm said. “Some guys excel during drills but that doesn’t always translate to performance during game situations. The Black & White game gives me an opportunity to better evaluate a player and see their compete level.”

In addition to the scrimmage, fans interested in exploring seating plans will have an opportunity to meet with Thunder Sales reps and select seats. Following the game, the team and the hockey staff will stage an autograph and Q&A session for those in attendance.

“It’s exciting for us to get our fans back in the building, watch a little hockey, and get ready for Opening Night on October 19,” Team President Dave Piecuch said. “While the on-ice session is fun for our fans to watch and essential for our coaching staff, the Fan Fest portion of the event gives fans their first opportunity to get to know new players and reacquaint themselves with those returning.”

Brand new Stockton Thunder merchandise will be available at the Fan Attic and Thor will be in attendance to pose for pictures and say hi to attendees.

The Thunder will host a preseason contest on Sunday, October 12 beginning at 4:00 p.m. Thunder Season Ticket Holders receive an additional ticket for each seat they have purchased.

Full Season Ticket Holders can purchase additional tickets for $5 while $10 tickets will be available to non-Season Ticket Holders. Individual tickets for the preseason game will go on sale in early October. The preseason game will also be general admission seating.


Tentative Timeline for Fan Fest and Black & White Game
6:00 – Doors
6:30 – Opening Faceoff
7:30 – Game Ends
7:35 – 7:50 – Coaching Staff Q&A
7:50 – Autograph and Q&A Session #1 begins
8:15 – 5 Minute Break as Sessions Switch
8:20 – 8:45 – Autograph and Q&A Session #2 Begins

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10 Days until Sports take over Stockton

The City of Stockton will be consumed by sporting events the weekend of September 26th to the 28th.  In total, there are at least 13 events that weekend, including a National Championship event and a World Finals event.  This goes to show just how great of a city Stockton is to host sports and sporting events.

A brief list of the events:

-USA Roller Sports (US Olympic Committee Organization) – brings their 2014 Roller Derby National Championships to the Stockton Arena.  Competition is Friday, September 26 to Sunday, September 28.  For more information, click here.

-EVP Tour – The EVP Tour is bringing their World Finals of Beach Volleyball to the campus of the University of the Pacific.  Competition is Friday, September 26 to Sunday, September 28.  For more information, click here.

-Univ of Pacific Men’s Soccer – The season home opener for the new Men’s Soccer Team will occur on Saturday, September 27th.  This will surely be a high-energy event with a large crowd expected.

-Future Pro Tour – The Future Pro Tour is bringing a bass fishing tournament to Ladd’s Marina on Saturday, September 27th.  Head out there to check out some of the top fisherman in the area!

-Univ of Pacific Volleyball – The Women’s Volleyball team will compete in the Spanos Center on the afternoon of Saturday, September 27th.

-Velocity Baseball – Velocity Baseball is hosting a travel ball tournament at the Stockton Ballpark (Banner Island Ballpark) on Saturday, September 27th and Sunday, September 28th.

-Univ of Pacific Cross Country – The University’s Cross Country team is hosting a cross country race at the Elkhorn Country Club on Saturday, September 27th.  Over 2,000 runners are expected.

-Grapettes Softball – The California Grapettes Softball Organization is hosting a softball tournament at the Arnaiz Softball Complex on Saturday, September 27th and Sunday, September 28th.

That’s only a partial listing – there’s more…and we are probably missing some others too.  If you have time, make sure to catch some of the action at some of these events and show your support for all these events do for our economy.

Feel free to contact me if you know of any missing events or have any questions!

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St. Mary’s HS 2014 Football Schedule Announced

St. Mary’s HS has released their 2014 football schedule – make sure to check out some of their games on campus this year and cheer them on.

Rams Home Games:

Friday, September 5 vs Cardinal Newman at 7:15pm

Friday, September 26 vs Los Gatos at 7:15pm

Friday, October 17 vs Tokay at 7:15pm (Homecoming)

Friday, October 31 vs Lodi at 7:15pm

Friday, November 7 vs Lincoln at 7:15pm

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Stockton Ports Clinch Playoff Berth

Over the weekend, the Stockton Ports clinched their spot in the 2014 California League postseason.  The Playoffs begin Tuesday, September 2nd – it is still uncertain who the Ports will play in the first round, which is a best of three series.  Make sure to check regularly for updates.

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ASA offers Softball National Team Camp

The Greater San Joaquin Softball Association ASA is sponsoring a Women’s National Team Softball Camp for girls 10-18 years old on September 20/21, 2014, Louis Park in Stockton.  Four girls from the USA National Team will be in Stockton to give excellent instruction as well as many other amenities.  The cost for this Camp is $150.  With that you receive a meet and greet with the players, two days of instruction, lunch both days, a camp T-shirt, a Pitch, Hit and Throw competition and picture and autograph session with the players.  “We do camps all over the country, and for the money this is going to be one of the best we ever do.  The girls will learn a lot and have a great time doing it.  We can’t wait to get to Northern California”, says Amanda Chidester, catcher and 3rd baseman for the National Team.  This camp is the only Northern California stop in 2014 and will be limited to the first 100 girls who register.

To register and for more information, go to and download our brochure; or call 209 484-5036 and talk to Matt Pfeifer, ASA Commissioner.

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AJGA invades The Reserve at Spanos Park

The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) has invaded The Reserve at Spanos Park‘s golf course this week for the annual Invitational Tournament.  This event, sponsored by Visit Stockton, brings nearly 250 youth golfers from across the world to town to compete.

This year, there are golfers from6 different states, as well as from Thailand, Canada, China and Mexico!  If you have time this week – head out to The Reserve to catch some of the action.  The event runs Monday, August 18th through Thursday, August 21st.

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Stockton bids to bring March Madness to town

Visit Stockton, along with the University of the Pacific and SMG (Stockton Arena) submitted a bid yesterday to host the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

“Hosting the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament would be a crown jewel for Stockton,” says Tim Pasisz, Sports Development Director for Visit Stockton. The greater Stockton community has shown its support for athletics over the years, and with the city hosting three national championship events in 2014, we fully expect the level of support and excitement to grow. The community’s support is vital to the success of this event which would bring millions of visitor dollars and priceless media attention to our city.

The events that were submitted for include the 2016, 2017, and 2018 first round for Men’s Basketball as well as the 2016, 2017 and 2018 second-third rounds for Men’s Basketball. These bids were submitted as part of a nationwide bidding process the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) opened up this spring.  All bids were due on Wednesday (August 6th) and we anticipate hearing from the NCAA later in 2014.

In 2013, Stockton submitted 56 bids as part of the NCAA multi-year bid project (Men’s Basketball was not part of that bid round).  The city was awarded two events:

  • 2016 Division II Women’s Golf Regionals
  • 2017 Division II Men’s Golf Regionals

Both of the golf events are to be held at Brookside Golf & Country Club.

For more information on this, please feel free to contact our office at (209) 938-1556.

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Ports in Playoff Hunt!

The Ports are back in town starting Monday, August 4th through Sunday, August 10th in our search of locking up the second half division championship.  With games all week the Ports could use your support on our playoff run.  Even if the Ports don’t win the second half championship the playoffs are still likely through the overall wild card.  Currently the Ports are 28-15 with a 3 game division lead.  The upcoming games consist of the following promotions:

Tuesday, August 5th- First Pitch: 7:05 pm – ScholarShare Family Pack Tuesday

Wednesday, August 6th- First Pitch: 7:05 pm – Scan Silver Sluggers – Baseball Bingo

Thursday, August 7th- First Pitch: 7:05 pm – Thirsty Thursday

Friday, August 8th- First Pitch 7:05 pm – Pink Night – Fireworks – Jersey Auction

Saturday, August 9th- First Pitch: 7:05 pm – Welcome Mat Giveaway

Sunday, August 10th- First Pitch: 6:05 pm – Splash’s Birthday – Kids Run the Bases

Another reason to come to Banner Island Ballpark is to watch Ports players Matt Olson and Renato Nunez home run battle.  Matt Olson leads all players in Class A in home run with 32 and Renato Nunez is second with 27.  Also, Matt Olson has a chance to break the Ports single season record set by Chris Carter in 2008 with 39 home runs.

Make sure to get your tickets at or give us a call at 209-644-1900.

Hope to see you at the ballpark soon!!

Go Ports!

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One National Championship Down – Two to Go

With the United States Twirling Association’s Baton Twirling National Championships in our rear view mirrors now, it is time to start looking ahead to what will be a great weekend in Stockton.  The weekend of September 26 to 28, 2014 will have Stockton in the national spotlight for not one, but two national events.

The USA Roller Sports Roller Derby National Championships come to the Stockton Arena from Friday, September 26th to Sunday, September 28th.  Roller Derby teams from across the nation (including Stockton’s very own Port City Roller Girls) will converge on Stockton to compete for the national title.  For more information on event tickets, schedule and teams participating, click here.  Information will be updated as it is available.

At the very same time as Roller Derby, the EVP World Finals of Beach Volleyball converge on the Sand Volleyball Complex at the University of the Pacific.  This unique event will feature a UOP Greek Life competition, men’s and women’s pro competitions and youth competition.  This will be a very unique set-up for the EVP tour and surely will be a hit on campus.  For more information on event tickets, schedule and teams participating, click here.  Information will be updated as it is available.

As always, if you have ideas on other sporting events Stockton could potentially host, feel free to send me an email.


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