WHERE TO HANG OUT
Maggie McGarry’s – Now in its 10th year, the North Beach establishment features authentic Irish cuisine and a fantastic atmosphere for viewing Copa America matches, or just chilling out. Multiple TV’s are at their disposal and the location is great if you want to hit up a pier for a tour of Alcatraz. Follow their Twitter for the latest on what they’ll be showing for their patrons.
Kezar Pub – One of the city’s more cozy spots. Kezar is the premiere spot to hit if you’re looking for some soccer. What it lacks in size is made up in patron experience, and we hear they have fantastic wings, too. Be sure to check out their sister bar Mad Dog in the Fog if you can’t make it here. Like them both on Facebook and Twitter.
Britannia Arms – If you’re seeking an English feel, head down to San Jose for some time at Britannia Arms. They’ve been around since ‘99 and have a vast array of TV’s for viewing every Copa America match. With a ton of beers on tap and a menu that caters to whatever you’re craving. Don’t be afraid to visit. They have an Instagram, you can check out to see what’s popping before you arrive.
WHERE TO GET GEAR
Elite Sports – With two locations in the City, Elite Sports already has all of the Copa America gear in stock. The self-proclaimed Best Soccer Shop in the City is ready to get you fresh for the tourney and beyond.
Sunset Soccer Supply – Sunset Soccer has been in business since 1981, and over the last 35 years they’ve been involved in seeing the game grow in the City. Check them out, off of Irving, for gear when you hit The Bay. Check them out on Facebook.
WHERE TO PLAY
Marina Green – One of the most scenic views in the country belongs to Marina Green. You can find pickup games here, and if you just want to hang, there’s the Golden Gate Bridge and Angel Island to keep you company.
Kickit365 – Kickit365 provides a lane for all soccer players to meet on a social level. They specialize in making players of all ages and levels get a chance to play. You can sign up for organized pickup games off of Geary Blvd.
WHERE TO BE A TOURIST
Golden Gate Bridge – Every city has their landmarks, but the majestic Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most recognizable structures in the country. It’s walkable or accessible by bike, so you can get those snaps with a scenic touch.
Alcatraz – The infamous prison located in the Bay has been out of commission since the 60s, but you can still get a tour of the facilities.
Mount Diablo – If you want to go off the beaten path, Mount Diablo is for you. Highly visible as it rests east of the city, Mount Diablo has trails, hiking and camp sites if you want to get a bit closer to nature.
WHAT TO DO ON MATCH DAY
The history of the Copa America tournament will be on full display at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara for opening night. With the excitement that will surround Copa America coming to a head on June 3rd, the atmosphere around the stadium will surely be rocking. Stan’s Donuts are about 15 minutes away down Mission College Blvd, be sure to check them out before the match for a quick carb refuel, they’ve been around since 1959 and they are good. Levi’s Stadium is one of the country’s newest venues for live sports, and possesses some of the most technologically advanced features around, you’re in for a good time.