More than 230 days of sunshine and the most technologically advanced arena in the nation make Sacramento an excellent sports and recreation destination, whether you want to watch the professionals play or take advantage of the city's ample outdoor amenities.
Professional sports provide family-friendly excitement year-round, and with the city bordering both the American and Sacramento rivers, cycling, running, rafting, fishing and golfing all rank in the top outdoor activities for locals and visitors alike.
Sacramento is home to several professional sports teams. The National Basketball Association's Sacramento Kings play at the Golden 1 Center downtown. When it comes to America's pastime, the Sacramento River Cats serve as the AAA affiliate for the San Francisco Giants, playing at Sutter Health Park. Soccer is also big in Sacramento with the United Soccer League's Sacramento Republic FC drawing crowds as it eyes potential membership in Major League Soccer while playing at Papa Murphy's Park.
The NBA's Sacramento Kings play at the city's Golden 1 Center. Arriving in Sacramento in 1985, the team continues to thrill the loudest fans in the NBA today. More
The USL pro soccer team plays at Papa Murphy's Park through the summer and remains a local favorite after winning the championship in its inaugural 2014 season. More
The AAA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants call Sacramento home and provide a great family-friendly experience at West Sacramento's Sutter Health Park. More
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