Host City - Palo Alto, California


Palo Alto

City of Palo AltoLocated 35 miles south of San Francisco and 14 miles north of San Jose, Palo Alto is a community of approximately 61,200 residents. Part of the San Francisco Metropolitan Bay Area and the Silicon Valley, Palo Alto is located within Santa Clara County and borders San Mateo County.

The City‘s boundaries extend from San Francisco Bay on the east to the Skyline Ridge of the coastal mountains on the west, with Menlo Park to the north and Mountain View to the south. The City encompasses an area of approximately 26 square miles, of which one-third is open space.

The blend of business and residential areas anchored by a vibrant downtown defines Palo Alto's unique character. A charming mixture of old and new, Palo Alto's tree-lined streets and historic buildings reflect its California heritage. At the same time, Palo Alto is recognized worldwide as a leader in cutting-edge technological development. This exciting mix of tradition and innovation makes Palo Alto an extraordinary place in which to operate a business.

(courtesy City of Palo Alto website)


Stanford University & Arrillaga Family Sports Center

Arrillaga Family Sports CenterLeland and Jane Stanford founded the University to "promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization." Stanford opened its doors in 1891, and more than a century later, it remains dedicated to finding solutions to the great challenges of the day and to preparing its students for leadership in today's complex world.

The Arrillaga Family Sports Center, which opened in January of 1994, is home to Stanford's Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation (DAPER).  The Arrillaga Family Sports Center is a state-of-the-art facility that helps give Stanford one of the finest athletic facilities in the country.  Included in the Arrillaga Family Sports Center are Athletics Department Administrative and Coaching offices, the indoor Howie Dallmar Basketball Court, the Sydney and Theodore Rosenberg Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame Room, a football locker room, a recreation locker room, the Weintz Wrestling and Martial Arts Room, a 16,000 square foot weight training facility, Jimmy V's Sports Café, a conference center and other ancillary facilities.

(courtesy Stanford website

San Francisco, San José & Napa Valley

San FranciscoSan Francisco is the fourth most populous city in California, the 12th most populous city in the United States, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.  With such great tourist attractions as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Golden Gate Park as well as many eclectic neighborhoods and so much more, you could spend a week in San Francisco and not see it all!  Official Visitors site for San Francisco

San José has a world-renowned quality of life, offering a wide variety of exciting cultural, recreational, educational and entertainment opportunities. In addition, the City of San José has the nation's best public safety record of any metropolitan area, a marvelous ethnic diversity and a beautiful climate. San José, the largest city in the Bay Area, was one of the first incorporated cities in California and site of the first state capital. San José CVB website

Napa Valley is one of the premier travel destinations in the world. Breathtaking views abound at every turn - mustard in the late winter, picturesque rolling hills planted with vineyards year-round and wineries of every stature dot the landscape. Whether you are wine tasting, dining at renowned restaurants like the French Laundry, pampering yourself with a mud bath in Calistoga, or just enjoying your stay at quaint bed & breakfasts, hotels or resorts ... Napa Valley is your spot of heaven on earth.
Napa Valley website