If you are a major fan of sports, you might be wondering about things to do in San Diego to satisfy your sports obsession. Part of picking the right activity is deciding what type of sports enthusiast you are.
For the Spectator
While there are those who love to play sports, there are also those who would rather just watch others play. If you are that sort of sports enthusiast, you are in luck. There are a variety of professional, semi-pro, and college sports teams in San Diego.
San Diego's professional baseball team, the San Diego Padres play at Petco Park. They started the 2016 season in early March, and the team will play through early fall, so if you are a baseball fan, there are still many opportunities between now and then to catch a home game this season. Fans can also enjoy a Petco Park guided tour, allowing them a behind-the-scenes look at the baseball park.
Although there have been talks of a potential move to Los Angeles in the future, for the 2016 season at least, the San Diego Chargers, an NFL team, will continue to play at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Even if the team moves to Los Angeles, football fans will not be left without the opportunity to enjoy football in the area, particularly if you like college football. Both the Holiday Bowl and the Poinsettia Bowl, take place at Qualcomm Stadium.
Another team some sports fans enjoy watching in the area is the San Diego Sea Lions, a semi-professional women's soccer team. Their season is short, only lasting from late May or early June through the end of July, but with many of their games being held in San Diego, fans do not have to travel far to enjoy a game.
While they are only an NHL development team, the San Diego Gulls provide hockey fans with a dose of hockey in San Diego. In contrast with most of the other high-level sports teams in the area, the Gulls play during the winter rather than the summer.
New to San Diego and to the sports world in general, the San Diego Breakers are a rugby team, who begin playing in 2016. Their inaugural season ran from late April through late July, and with the expected expansion of PRO Rugby in 2017, San Diego is a great place to be if you have an interest in watching rugby played professionally.
Of course, there are people who enjoy being spectators of college athletics rather than professional or semi-professional sports. Luckily, there are a variety of college sports programs in and around San Diego. San Diego State, the University of San Diego, and UC San Diego are among the universities in the area that offer sports programs. Depending upon the specific school, there are opportunities for fans to enjoy sports such as football, basketball, baseball, and volleyball. No matter your sport preferences, if you are a fan of watching sports, you are sure to find a team to cheer for in San Diego.
For the Runner
The good news for those who like to run is that San Diego is a great place for road races. As a runner, you may want to consider starting to train now for the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon series. While the 2016 competition is over, the 2017 races will take place on the weekend of June 3-4, with the 5K taking place on Saturday, June 3, 2017 and both the half-marathon and marathon races happening on Sunday, June 4, 2017. One of the great things about this series is that even after you have registered, if you find you want to switch to a longer or shorter distance, you can do that, although switching to a longer distance will require an upgrade fee.
Runners may also want to consider America's Finest City Half Marathon & 5K, which takes place this year on Sunday, August 21. The races go through many beautiful scenic areas in the city including along the San Diego Bay. For the less serious runner or for the runner who wants to get a little colorful, Color Me Rad, a 5K color run is at 10 am on August 22.
For the Team Competitor
Whether you are an adult, a teenager, or a kid, San Diego has opportunities for real team sports competition. VAVi as well as San Diego Social Leagues offer an assortment of adult teams in traditional sports, such as basketball, soccer, flag football, and softball. These leagues also offer opportunities to play less-traditional sports, such as kickball and dodgeball. The City of San Diego also offers sports leagues and other recreational opportunities, for both youth and adults.
For the One Who Wants to Hit Their Friends With Something...
Let's face it. No matter how much you love your friends and family, sometimes you just want to hit them with something. If you are one of those people who is willing to admit you want to hit a friend or family member with something, contact us. At the San Diego Paintball Park, we offer low-impact paintball. This means when you hit your friends with the paintballs (or when you get hit), it is not going to hurt as much or leave behind a nasty welt. We are rated San Diego's #1 paintball experience, and we encourage you to make a reservation so you can see why so many people enjoy coming here.
Of course, these are not all the activities sports enthusiasts in our city enjoy doing. We encourage you to seek out other sports adventures on your own.