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Professional Sports in Stockton and San Joaquin County. Sports enthusiasts will have no problem staying busy in Stockton with four professional sports teams, and numerous other professional, college, and regional sports opportunities.

Stockton is home to the Stockton Ports Professional Baseball Team, which play at the waterfront Stockton Ballpark, the Stockton Thunder Professional Hockey Team, the California Cougars Professional Indoor Soccer Team, and the Stockton Lightning Professional Arena 2 Football Team which all play at the 10,000 seat waterfront Stockton Arena.  Feb 23, 2011

The Sports Commission has joined the City of Stockton to bring new sporting events and tournaments to the area. Our intention is to also retain and enhance the many events Stockton has been hosting over the years.

The goal is to enhance Stockton's image, provide entertainment for the community and visitors, and contribute to the quality of life in the Stockton area.

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The Commission's job is made easier by Stockton's great weather, the City's excellent athletic facilities (including the Stockton Arena and Ballpark, the University of the Pacific, and Delta College), our central location to other points of interest in California and the strong support of the business community in providing quality sporting events.

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    Stockton Thunder Pro Hockey

    The Stockton Thunder are a minor league professional ice hockey team from Stockton, California. The Thunder are a member of the ECHL, and began playing in the 200506 season. The Stockton Arena is their home ice. Stockton is an affiliate team of the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League.

    The Thunder relocated from Atlantic City, originally known as the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies. Prior to that, the franchise was known as the Birmingham Bulls, and originated in 1990 as the Cincinnati Cyclones.

    Since relocating to Stockton, four alumni have played in the NHL as of January 2009.

    Stockton hosted to the "2008 ECHL All-Star Game" in January 2008. Three Stockton Thunder players were chosen to represent their team in the game; Ryan MacMurchy, Brad Farynuk, and Andy Contois.

     Season tickets and group packages can be purchased by calling the Thunder at 209-948-3322. Visit http://www.stocktonthunder.com/Home/

    The Stockton Lightning are a professional arena football team. They are currently members of the Western Division of the National Conferenece of the arenafootball2 (af2). The Lightning joined af2 2006 as an expansion team. They play their home games at Stockton Arena in Stockton, California and are coached by Chad Carlson.

    The Stockton Lightning's principal owner is Michael Reinsdorf.

    The Lightning were formed 2005 and joined af2 in 2006, lead by President Dan Chapman and Operator Michael Reinsdorf. The team name was announced at a November 2005 press conference at Valley Brew Restaurant, after a "Name The Team" contest and revealing of the team's black, red, gray and white colors. Richard Davis was also announced as the first head coach in franchise history.

    The first-year team featured players that were local to the area, they included; James Newson, Josh Wallwork, Kenyatte Morgan and Lyndell Hawkins. Morgan was the player who recorded the first touchdown in franchise history, a seven-yard pass from Quarterback Josh Blankenship, in a 41-40 loss to the eventul ArenaCup winners, the Spokane Shock. However, two weeks later, the Lightning recorded the first win in franchise history, when they beat the Quad City Steamwheelers 60-46.

    The Lightning finished 5-11 in their first season, falling just short of playoffs. After the season they hired new head coach Doug Murray, who was introduced to the media at a September 2006 press conference by his friend and rival head coach Fred Biletnikoff, Jr. who wore a Lightning hat.

    The 2007 season started the way 2006 had, with a loss on the road in Spokane. But, things turned around mid-season as they began to win games, a total of six. However, the season ended with losses in the last four games, missing the playoffs for the second straight year.

    The Lightning didn't improve in 2008 as they had hoped and finished 5-11. Once again, missing the playoffs.

    In the 2009 season, the Lightning did not improve much and finishied 6-10, but with this record the team finish in 3rd on NC West and made the playoffs for the first time in team history. On the playoffs, the team lost on NC Round 1 for (Spokane). Stockton Lightning Football

    Stockton Ports California's Class-A League affiliate of the four-time World Champion Oakland A's , the Stockton Ports are set to kick off a new era of professional baseball in the San Joaquin Valley . This exciting professional minor-league team plays home games at the brand new, $22 million Banner Island Ballpark, located on the North Shore of Stockton's Deep Water Channel in downtown Stockton, California. For group rates and special packages, please call the Ports at 209-644-1900.


    California Cougars Pro Soccer Team  The Stockton Cougars are an American Arena soccer team, founded in 2004 as the California Cougars.

    The team is a charter member of the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL-Pro), the first division of arena (indoor) soccer in North America.

    In February 2004, John Thomas, a real estate developer, purchased an expansion team in the Major Indoor Soccer League for Stockton, California. The team was named the California Cougars so that it would represent all of northern California as a regional team. The first General Manager was Dennis Lukens, a former "A" League GM who oversaw the start up operation. He was succeeded by Emily Ballus, a former Executive with the WUSA. Because it is only 40 miles south of Sacramento, the team is hoping to draw fans of the old Sacramento Knights of the CISL and WISL. The team began play in the 2005-2006 season after the construction of its arena. In August 2006 the team was purchased by Rick and Greg Toy and their brother in-law Jim Rachels. In May 2008, the team announced that it was joining the Professional Arena Soccer League and would be renamed the Stockton Cougars . For the 2009-2010 season Stockton Cougars went back to calling itself California Cougars.

    They will play their home matches at the Stockton Arena in Stockton, California. Their team colors are red, gold and black. . Please call the Cougars at (209) 373-1550 or visit them at www.californiacougars.net.

    San Joaquin Delta Athleticss San Joaquin Delta has the following athletics: Baseball, Basketball (m), Basketball (w), Cross Country (m), Cross Country (w), Football, Golf (m), Golf (w), Soccer (m), Soccer (w) ,Softball (w), Swimming (m & w), Track & Field (m), Track & Field (w), Volleyball (w), Water Polo (m), Water Polo (w) ,Wrestling

    Pacific Tigers - Stockton  Facilities include the 2,500-seat Klein Family Field for baseball, the 350-seat Bill Simoni Field for softball, the 6,150-seat Alex G. Spanos Center for basketball and volleyball, the 30,000-seat Amos Alonzo Stagg Memorial Stadium for soccer (and high school football), the Hal Nelson Tennis Courts and the Chris Kjeldsen Pool.

    University of the Pacific competes in NCAA Division I athletics as the Pacific Tigers, primarily in the Big West Conference, where they are the only member to be a private institution. Headed by Lynn King, the athletics department sponsors 16 sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, women's cross country, women's field hockey, men's golf, women's soccer, women's softball, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's volleyball and men's and women's water polo. The university's two national championships have come in women's volleyball, a sport in which the school advanced to 24 straight NCAA Tournaments (1981-2004) and appeared in 9 Final Fours (2 AIAW, 7 NCAA).

    The Pacific Tigers men's basketball program has enjoyed national success recently, highlighted by three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament (2004, 2005, 2006). Head coach Bob Thomason became the Big West Conference's winningest coach in league games when he collected his 206th career league victory on Feb. 14, 2009, surpassing the win total of former LBSU and UNLV head coach Jerry Tarkanian.

    In 2003-04, the Tigers were 25-8, winning an NCAA Tournament First Round game, with an upset victory over number 5 seeded Providence in the First Round. It was Pacific's second trip to the NCAA Tournament under Thomason (1996-97). Pacific had a 75-73 win over Cal State Northridge in the 2004 Big West Conference championship game. Pacific also shared the Big West Conference regular season championship with a record of 17-1. Three times under Thomason, Pacific has had a 16-game winning streak.

    In the 2004-05 season, the team was ranked as high as 17 in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today Polls. The Tigers earned an at-large bid as an 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament and beat 9 seeded Pittsburgh in the First Round. The 2004-05 Tigers finished the season with the best record in school history at 27-4.

    In 2005-06, after winning the Big West regular season and tournament titles, Pacific earned their third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. As a 13 seed, the Tigers played 4th seed Boston College and gave the Golden Eagles everything they could handle, battling back from a 13-point second half deficit to force overtime. In the first extra session, Pacific led by as much as six points, but Boston College was able to force double overtime. The Eagles proved to be too much for Pacific in the second extra session, defeating Pacific, 88-76.

    After 77 years of competition, Pacific ended its football program following the 1995 season.

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