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Spectator sports abound in this city. San Jose professional sports offerings are well listed on the CVB's sports page. For exciting professional lacrosse, an action-packed sport that not many get to see regularly, check out the San Jose Stealth, the city's own pro team. San Jose is the former official site of the Earthquakes soccer team.
Professional sports in nearby cities include The Bay Meadows Horse Track, which offers live racing daily. Live race videos can be seen via their website. And professional baseball fans will jump at the chance to see a game at the Oakland Athletic's McAfee Coliseum or the San Francisco Giants, even if it does mean taking a short road trip.
NCAA sports local to San Jose is mostly San Jose State University. Nearby teams include Santa Clara University (Santa Clara) and Stanford University (Palo Alto).
High School sports in San Jose feature colorful histories of dominating schools like St Bellarmine College Preparatory, Oak Grove and Valley Christian. Notable NFL players, MLB players, World Record swimmers and other athletes regularly come from these high schools. A common feature, distinct to California high school sports is water polo.
Also of local significance are the aquatics in the adjacent city of Santa Clara, especially the George F Haines International Swim Center which produced a roll call of the United States' greatest swimmers--over fifty Olympic and World Record swimmers (locals like Mark Spitz and Pablo Morales) and Olympic Synchronized Swimming Teams. Each fall, nearby Stanford University (Palo Alto) regularly contends for the annual NCAA titles in Water Polo.
There are many parks in the area with good trails for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. In San Jose, proper, the Alum Rock Park offers superb views of the northern end of Silicon Valley and the artifacts of historical activities related to the geothermal activity in Alum Rock. Adjacent to San Jose are parks like the Almaden Quicksilver County Park and many others.
Active hot air ballooning enthusiasts regularly operate in Morgan Hill, Gilroy and southwards.
Hang gliders often fly on the slopes of the Diablo Range (eg Mission Peak and Monument Peak) in nearby Fremont and Milpitas.
Windsurfers are active on the San Francisco Bay at Shoreline in nearby Mountain View.