Why the NCAA Regionals is such a WIN for Stockton

Last week’s announcement that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) awarded the City of Stockton their 2017 Women’s Basketball Regionals event was as good as it gets when it comes to sports marketing/sports tourism.

For almost 7 months now, the bid team (Visit Stockton, University of the Pacific and the Stockton Arena) have been working on providing a very detailed, positive bid to entice the NCAA Women’s Basketball Committee to give Stockton the opportunity to host.  The NCAA likes to reward new communities by giving events to them (new in their world as it comes to hosting events), but they like rewarding successful cities even more so.

For a city the size of Stockton, the regionals event is as large as we feasibly could host.  Sure, I’d love to have the experience of hosting a Final Four or a Super Bowl…but we are missing a 70,000 seat stadium (just as starters).  The regionals will bring four of the nation’s best Women’s Basketball teams to town to compete over two days (see below for the rough schedule), NCAA staff, university staff and fans, but even more so – a lot of media coverage.  Historically (I say this because tv contracts could change between now and 2017) the regionals round has been broadcast on ESPN, live, nationwide.

The great thing about the NCAA and them bringing their events to town is that from the second they award the event to a city, that city is already a winner.  Sports Marketing & Sports Tourism professionals are used to offering incentives to event organizers to come to their city, the NCAA does not require this…instead, they provide incentive to the facility and host institution (in our case, the University of the Pacific) to make sure it is a successful event by offering a form of profit sharing on the event.

Now that the event is awarded, the next phase of work begins.  It is time for the Local Organizing Committee (once again comprised of staff from Visit Stockton, the University of the Pacific and the Stockton Arena) to put plans in place to provide the best regionals event the NCAA has seen….one with seats in the arena full, and game operations run smoothly.

The reason this is so important?  Summer of 2017 marks the next bid cycle for NCAA events.  The event Stockton will host in March of 2017 will be very fresh in everyone’s minds back in Indianapolis where the NCAA is headquartered.  If everything goes smoothly, there is no reason the city can’t be rewarded with many additional events from the NCAA for years to come.

Celebrate the victory and what it means for our city.  Mark your calendars now to be at the arena the weekend of March 25, 2017.

Tentative schedule:

The games could be held either Friday and Sunday, or Saturday and Monday – the NCAA will announce this 9 months prior to the event.

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March Madness is coming to Stockton

On Thursday morning, the NCAA announced that Stockton has been awarded the 2017 NCAA Division 1 Women’s Basketball Regionals.  This will mark the first time this event has been held in Stockton.

The official NCAA release can be read here:  http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-women/article/2014-11-20/2016-18-regional-hosts


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Stockton waits for news from NCAA

Visit Stockton, the University of the Pacific, and the Stockton Arena are all waiting anxiously for word from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on whether or not the cit will be awarded a Women’s Basketball Regional round event for either 2016, 2017 or 2018.  Bids to host the event were submitted a couple of months ago, and since that time, Visit Stockton has been working with the NCAA and their housing partner, Anthony Travel, on several requests for information and clarification on various items.

The NCAA has already announced the Men’s Final Four, and preliminary round host cities (congratulations to Sacramento on being awarded a first-second round event for the Men’s Basketball tournament), and announced the Women’s Final Four cities on Monday Night.  Word from the NCAA on the rest of the women’s tournament is expected at anytime.

The NCAA Women’s Basketball Regional round would be the largest sporting event in Stockton’s history in regards to media exposure, national attention and overall economic impact.

While we wait on word of the NCAA Basketball event, the bid partners (Visit Stockton, University of the Pacific) are also waiting on word if Stockton will be awarded a Division 1 Men’s Golf Regional event.  This event would be hosted at The Reserve at Spanos Park.

Keep your fingers crossed Stockton, good things are coming here!

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Field Hockey Championships take over Pacific

The NorPac Field Hockey Conference Championships come to Stockton and the University of the Pacific beginning on Thursday.  Schools from all over the country are in town to compete for the NorPac Conference Title and an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.

Games begin Thursday at 11:30am and continue through Saturday afternoon.  Come on out to the NEW Field Hockey complex and check out some of the fast paced action!

For more information or a game schedule, visit: pacifictigers.com


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Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational starts Thursday

Beginning on Thursday, Oct. 30 the Tigers’ golf team will host its annual Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational as Pacific brings in 10 teams to Stockton Golf and Country Club for the tournament. The Tigers are looking to reclaim their championship trophy after a stellar start to their 2014-15 season, but they will have to take it from the reigning champion BYU Cougars who return once again to Stockton.

All the action begins at 8:30 am on Thursday afternoon with teams teeing off from holes 1 & 10. The Tigers begin their quest for the title at 9:20 am from the first tee. Playing the tournament for the Tigers are: Byron MethDrew BenderSeungJae Maeng, Matt Lee and Anthony Madrid. In addition, Colten Passey and Jesper Kasanen will be hitting the course as individual participants for Pacific. Kasanen’s appearance will be his first of the year for the Tigers as he will be making his collegiate debut.

The Stockton Golf and Country Club was established in 1914 by a group of local citizens. At that time, there were only 12 golf courses in California. For 100 years, Stockton Golf & Country Club has provided the community with a source of recreation and a place of social gathering. Changes and improvements continued over the years, and while our Country Club has grown and matured, it has not lost its’ youthful exuberance.

Dates: Oct. 30 – Nov. 1
Place: Stockton, Calif.
Course: Stockton Golf and Country Club
Par: 71 – 6,484 yards
Rounds:  3 – 18 holes per day (54 total holes)

Teams (11): Pacific, Cal State Bakersfield, Grand Canyon, Nevada, Denver, Santa Clara, Fresno State, Long Beach State, Washington State, Sacramento State, BYU

Past Champions:
2013 – BYU – Joe Parkinson (BYU)
2012 – Kansas State – Devon Purser (BYU)
2011 – Oregon State – Keven Lucas (Nevada)
2010 – Pacific – TJ Bordeaux (Pacific)

*Story from pacifictigers.com

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A very active time for Delta College Athletics

Hello.  Today I’m going report on last year’s athletic season for San Joaquin Delta College and update you on some of our upcoming home competitions.

The 2013-14 season was the most successful year in the history of the Mustang Athletic Department!  This athletic success led to a 9th place finish in the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Cup. This award recognizes the success of athletic departments based on team placement at the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) championships.  There are over 100 CCCAA Colleges. Here are some quick highlights from the season:


  • Seven sports finished top 8 in the state:
    • Baseball – 2nd
    • Women’s Basketball – 3rd
    • Men’s Water Polo – 5th
    • Volleyball – 5th
    • Softball – 5th
    • Men’ Track & Field – 8th
    • Women’s Track and Field – 8th
    • Three teams won the Big 8 Championships
      • Women’s Basketball
      • Baseball
      • Women’s Track & Field
      • Over 20 student-athletes received All State/All American honors
      • Over 60 Student-athletes received All Big 8 Conference honors

More significantly the Mustang student-athletes succeeded in the classroom and in transferring to four year institutions.

  • Over 40% of Delta student-athletes had over a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • Over 50 Delta student-athletes committed/signed to continue their educations and athletic careers at 4-year institutions.
  • Delta student-athletes graduate at 3 times the rate of general Delta students
  • Delta student-athletes transfer at twice the rate of general Delta students

Some upcoming home events for our Fall season teams include:

  • Big 8 Men’s and Women’s Water Polo Championships from November 6-8.
  • Last home football game on Saturday November 1st at 1:00 vs Fresno City
  • The state ranked (#12) Mustang women’s volleyball team has 6:30 games on November 5th vs Diablo Valley, November 7th vs American River, and November 14th vs. Modesto.
  • Wrestling has their last home dual meet on November 12th at 7:00 vs Sierra.
  • Men’s soccer has their final home game on October 31st at 3:00 vs Santa Rosa.
  • Women’s soccer has their final home game on November 4that 3:00 vs Sierra.
    • Home soccer games are at Gardemeyer Field at UOP (see below video).


Our Mustang Sports Calendar is posted here on the Delta College website:


Thank you for taking the time to learn about Delta College Athletics.  You can follow our teams on twitter at:


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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:  http://sportsplanningguide.com/stockton-california-sports-energy-around-every-corner


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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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