Santa Clara Quickly Becoming Silicon Valley's Leisure Destination

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Why is Santa Clara, California quickly becoming Silicon Valley’s place to be? Major League Soccer (MLS) fans are there. Theme park thrill seekers are there. Techies are there. Holiday revelers are there. Soon, National Football League (NFL) fans will be there. It’s a combination of everything that makes Santa Clara the place to be, says David Andre, vice president of marketing & communications for the Santa Clara Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

Why is Santa Clara, California quickly becoming Silicon Valley’s place to be? Major League Soccer (MLS) fans are there. Theme park thrill seekers are there. Techies are there. Holiday revelers are there. Soon, National Football League (NFL) fans will be there. It’s a combination of everything that makes Santa Clara the place to be, says David Andre, vice president of marketing & communications for the Santa Clara Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

“The perception exists that we are not a tourist destination,” says Andre. In fact, California’s Great America theme park, which opened on March 20, 1976, has drawn visitors from all over Northern and Central California for 36 years. Open nearly eight months annually, the Park also hosts an annual Halloween Haunt event and this year will open its doors to the 2012 Global Winter Wonderland event.

Global Winter Wonderland attracted 450,000 visitors to Santa Clara in 2011 and expects even more this year. The city’s varied attractions include one of California’s 21 missions, Mission Santa Clara de Asis and also the tech giant Intel’s headquarters’ based museum, the Intel Museum. Major League Soccer’s (MLS) San Jose Earthquakes also play their home games in Santa Clara at Buck Shaw Stadium.

If you’re still not convinced, how about the 68,500-seat stadium currently being built in this Silicon Valley city. Scheduled to open in August, 2014, the new Santa Clara Stadium will host National Football League (NFL) games, international soccer, concerts, and other special events. There’s also the CVB’s new itinerary builder to assist Silicon Valley visitors in finding things to see and do. At http://www.yourtour.com/SantaClara, you can build your own unique itinerary and see for yourself.

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