San Francisco is a city of diversity, innovation, culture, and championship teams (Go Giants!), and as of this past August, they have also added “America’s Cup city” to their bright and shiny resume. In fact, not only has San Francisco been selected as the location for the America’s Cup 2012-2013, but they are also making a world record, as this is the first time that the America’s Cup races can be viewed from dry land. Typically the races are contested out in the deep blue sea, but now they are taking place closer to the shoreline so that spectators can watch the races in their entirety.
To prep for this big event, the city of San Francisco has redesigned the shoreline of the bay, and though plans to rehab piers 30 & 32 fell through because of funding, there are still many changes taking place in order to accommodate the vast crowds that they are anticipating for the Finals next summer.
For those of us in the event industry, this is a perfect opportunity to let our creativity shine while coming up with spectacular spectator boating activities, and themed dining events for all the groups attending the races. Also, if your group will be visiting San Francisco during the surrounding time frames, be sure to contact our AlliedPRA Northern California office to help you create a memorable meeting around this pinnacle event.
And just for some fun, here are some tips on how to not look like a tourist:
1) Be sure to refer to it as “the city” or San Francisco, not “Frisco” or “San Fran.”
2) If you’re there during the summer months, don’t let the California thing throw you. June & July can be some of the coldest months in the Bay Area and the locals can spot the non-locals from a mile away when they are wearing shorts and tank tops.
3) Be sure to check out some of the “Locavore” restaurants, The hot new trend in the city is to eat all locally grown/raised food and the folks who stick firmly to that rule are called locavores. Several restaurants cater to this type of dining style, including one, appropriately called, “Locavore.”
Important dates to note:
- America’s Cup World Series – took place this past August 21-26 & Oct 2- 7, 2012
- Louis Vuitton Cup – July 4th – September 1st, 2013
- Red Bull Youth America’s Cup September 1st- 4th, 2013
- America’s Cup Finals – September 7th – 22nd, 2013
Are you planning on attending any of the America’s Cup races this year?