A Busy 2015 in Stockton’s Sports World….

2015 was yet another busy year for sporting events in Stockton.  Of course we had the Stockton Ports Baseball Team, the final season of the Stockton Thunder Hockey Team, the start of the Stockton Heat Hockey Club and the University of the Pacific’s events….but we also featured several other unique events that came to town to compete and bring economic impact to our city.

Although there’s sporting events every weekend of the year, the new events to Stockton began with the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) bringing four conference championship tournaments to town.  In March, the Stockton Arena was filled with the tournament’s men’s and women’s basketball tournament (2015 marked the first time the event was in town).  This event filled the city’s hotels and was the first of a couple practices for the city to prepare for the 2017 NCAA Women’s Regionals Basketball event in March of 2017.  The CCAA stint in town continued after basketball with the Golf, Softball and Baseball Championships as well.

The West Coast Conference brought their Conference Baseball Championships back to the Stockton Ballpark (aka Banner Island Ballpark) on Memorial Day Weekend again in 2015.  2015 marked the third year of the initial three year contract and thankfully, due to the support of the residents of Stockton…the event was successful enough that the West Coast Conference is bringing it back once again in 2016!

Now to the most unique event, and what ended up being the largest event of 2015, the USA Racquetball Junior Olympics.  This event brought youth racquetball competitors from across the country to Stockton for the nearly week-long event.  In total, 699 hotel rooms were filled and over $340,000.00 was dumped into Stockton’s economy.

Visit Stockton is happy to work with local, regional, and national sporting event organizers to promote sporting events in Stockton and to bring new, exciting events to town.  In total, we partnered with nearly 30 event organizers in 2015 on more than 70 different sporting events.  These events brought in approximately $4 million dollars to our economy and supported our venues, hotels and businesses in town.

We look forward to an exciting 2016 full of more events (keep an eye out for the 2016 preview article in the next couple of days) and are working tirelessly preparing for events as far away as 2022.

As always, if anyone has ideas for sporting events that could succeed in Stockton, please feel free to reach out to Visit Stockton.  We are constantly looking for new events and more ideas to help Stockton’s economy.

From all of us at Visit Stockton, Happy New Years – here’s to a safe and successful 2016.  Thank you for being the great sports community that you are and for supporting the events that come to town.

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