People come to San Francisco from all over the world for its well-known culinary scene and sightseeing opportunities. Fewer people are aware that San Francisco is also a hotbed of professional and college sports or that dozens of sports bars exist in the city. For the sports lover, there’s no shortage of opportunities to watch their favorite team with friends while also enjoying great food and drinks. Below are several teams from the San Francisco area that both locals and tourists can enjoy each season.
With high temperatures from December to March of approximately 60 degrees, it’s easy to go out on the town to enjoy watching sports rather than curl up at home. Here are some fun teams to watch:
The Golden State Warriors and San Francisco Sharks continue their seasons into the spring. New sports that start up in the spring include:
The San Francisco Giants, Oakland A’s, and San Jose Earthquake all continue their regular seasons into the summer.
The National Football League (NFL) begins its regular season in the fall, and two teams represent the Bay Area. The San Francisco 49ers are the first sports team to play in San Francisco and on the West Coast. They dominated the 1980s and 1990s, winning Super Bowl trophies in all five appearances in 1982, 1985, 1989, 1990, and 1995. The Oakland Raiders have been in the NFL since 1960. They won the Super Bowl in 1977, 1981, and 1984.
The Stanford Cardinal college football team also starts its season in the fall. It has a rich history that dates to 1892. It has two national titles, 15 conference titles, and three division titles to its credit. The California Golden Bears college football team is 10 years older with an 1882 founding date. The team has claimed five national titles with the last in 1937. It also has 14 conference titles.
Following these teams and watching them on live TV at a sports bar is exciting. It’s even more so when they make the playoffs and extend their playing time into the next season on the calendar.