San Mateo County/Silicon Valley: Spectacular venues, stunning views, personalized service With year-round sunshine and 90 miles of breathtaking Bay and Pacific coastlines, it’s no surprise San Mateo County/Silicon Valley is host to marathons, adventure races and extreme water sports. As home to San Francisco International Airport, athletes and attendees easily access state-of-the-art venues. San Mateo County/Silicon Valley was the site of the 2012 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club. The inaugural 2012 Divas Half Marathon San Francisco Bay challenged over 5,000 runners to wind their way through our bayside trails while stunning views of the San Francisco skyline pushed them to the finish line. Since the early 1990s, Mavericks Surf Contest has attracted the world’s most elite big-wave surfers to Half Moon Bay on the San Mateo County coast. World-class indoor facilities grace our Peninsula. The Foundry, a six-court indoor volleyball facility, opened its doors in 2011 with support from the community including local Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings and her husband Casey Jennings. Burlingamer and SportsHouse boast tournament-quality futsal and indoor soccer pitches. Multi-purpose San Mateo County Event Center accommodates everything from fencing to basketball tournaments. The Cow Palace, home to Grand National Rodeo and the San Francisco Bulls Pro Hockey Club, welcomes over 10,000 sports fans each night. You won’t find a more awe-inspiring view of the San Francisco Bay than running the ninelane track, nestled in the hills at College of San Mateo. Then travel to the south end of our county, in the heart of Silicon Valley, to Stanford University’s iconic athletic venues: Avery Aquatic Center, Stanford Stadium or Cobb Track at Angell Field. Whether you visit us by boat, plane, car or public transit, the opportunities to host world-class events with personalized assistance are endless! Come discover the best of the San Francisco Bay Area – San Mateo County/Silicon Valley by visiting www.visitsanmateocounty.com. STATS • Home to San Francisco International Airport • Enjoy 90 miles of unique coastline immediately south of San Francisco • Over 16,400 hotel rooms from airport properties to waterfront resorts • Stanford University: 50,000-seat Stanford Stadium and Avery Aquatics Center • San Mateo County Event Center: 48-acre facility with seven indoor buildings • Cow Palace: 124,660 square foot arena with 10,339 fixed seats • The Foundry: 43,000 square feet of sport-court • College of San Mateo: ADA-accessible, nine-lane track, Olympic-size pool
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