10 Sizzling Summer Sports Events in San Diego 

San Diego, with its sunny weather and thriving sports scene, is gearing up for an exhilarating summer of sporting events. Fans can look forward to a diverse range of competition — in baseball, soccer, rugby, lacrosse and much more. Get ready to witness thrilling matchups and tap into the city’s passionate sports community.

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When: Now – Sep. 24, 2023
The San Diego Padres, the city’s beloved Major League Baseball team, will step up to the plate at America’s No. 1 ballpark, Petco Park, for more than 40 home games throughout the summer. Fans can expect an exciting season filled with high-stakes games, as the Padres battle it out against formidable opponents from across the major leagues. With a talented roster and a passionate fan base, the Padres are determined to make their city proud.

San Diego Soccer Spectacular

When: Now – Oct. 15, 2023
Soccer enthusiasts have a triple treat in store for them this summer with soccer matches taking over the summer calendar. The San Diego Wave FC, part of the National Women’s Soccer League, showcases talent and tenacity as they battle for supremacy on the field. The team of world-class athletes, including USWNT stars Alex Morgan and Abby Dahlkemper, are sure to dominate the pitch at Snapdragon Stadium this summer.

In a special exhibition match, soccer fans will witness a historic showdown between Wrexham and Manchester United on July 25 at Snapdragon Stadium. As Wrexham FC, recently taken over by renowned actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, goes head to head with one of the most storied soccer clubs in the world, futbol enthusiasts are in for a treat. The match is expected to draw a massive crowd and create a buzz that echoes beyond the sporting realm.

Meanwhile, the San Diego Loyal, a team in the United Soccer League, has been winning hearts with their skillful play and commitment to community engagement. As the Loyal season heats up, the team is set to take on Germany’s powerhouse Borussia Dortmund in a thrilling international friendly July 27 at Snapdragon Stadium. It’s an incredible opportunity for soccer fans as this young local club faces off against one of Germany’s most successful teams.

When: Now – Jul. 2, 2023
San Diego’s own Major League Rugby team, the San Diego Legion is currently undefeated at home and ranked No. 1 in the league. With a fiercely competitive roster, the team is prepared to leave it all on the field at Snapdragon Stadium, as they set their sights on bringing the championship Shield home to San Diego. San Diego Legion will deliver bone-crunching tackles, lightning-fast ball movement and sensational scores throughout June. The matches are a celebration of athleticism and camaraderie, creating an electric atmosphere that captivates fans and newcomers alike.

When: Jun. 21 – Jul. 1, 2023
Get ready for an exhilarating summer of lacrosse during the 2023 World Lacrosse Men’s Championship. The competition will take place at San Diego State University and the University of San Diego, with Snapdragon Stadium hosting the semifinals and medal games. The championship brings together 30 national teams vying for the coveted gold medal; the competition promises to be fierce and thrilling. From legendary players to rising stars, fans will see the best of the best in the world of lacrosse. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to witness the passion, intensity and skill that one of the fastest-growing sports in America has to offer.

When: Jul. 13 – 16, 2023
Prepare for the ultimate Olympic-style sports exhibition at the California State Games! This largest Olympic-style amateur sports festival in the state brings athletes from all over California to compete in 24+ sports around San Diego County. With a mission to promote health, education and the competitive spirit, the California State Games offer participants and spectators an unforgettable experience.

When: Jul. 15 – Jul. 23, 2023
With the summer sun comes the annual Over the Line World Championships tournament. A unique combination of beach volleyball and softball, this beloved San Diego tradition attracts scads of participants and spectators to the shores of Mission Bay. Join over 1,000 teams as they gather at Fiesta Island for a two-weekend extravaganza of sand, sun and competitive sportsmanship.

When: Jul. 21 – Sept. 10, 2023
Del Mar, a coastal town just north of San Diego, comes alive with the arrival of the summer racing season. The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club hosts thrilling horse races on a world-class track, drawing fans from far and wide. Immerse yourself in the magic of this tradition and witness the nation’s finest racehorses, trainers and jockeys as they compete for victory at the iconic Del Mar Racetrack, “where the turf meets the surf.” The announcement that the Breeders’ Cup is returning to Del Mar in 2024 has generated even more excitement, setting the stage for another unforgettable racing experience to come.

When: Sept. 15 – 17, 2023
San Diego Bayfair adds a splash of adrenaline to the summer calendar. This thrilling hydroplane racing event on Mission Bay will leave you on the edge of your seat as you witness these high-speed machines racing across the water. With a rich tradition spanning over 40 years, Bayfair showcases not only the skills of the racers but also the city’s deep connection with the water.

Discover all the exciting summer sporting events taking place in San Diego by exploring our Summer Sports page.

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