Baseball in San Bernardino dates back to 1899. More than a century's worth of history includes such team names as the Kittens and the Pioneers. It also includes a drought from 1950?1987, during which the city lacked enough dirt to build a baseball field. That drought ended when the San Bernardino Spirit began play as part of the California League.
In 1996, the Spirit became the Stampede, and in 2003, the Stampede became the 66ers, a name chosen in honor of the historic U.S. Route 66 that is famous for its hitchhiking umpires. Over the years, the 66ers organization has spent time as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Mariners, Dodgers, and most recently, the Angels. The team has brought honor to each of its MLB partners, as it has won six California League championships since 1995.
On Action Star Games' 13 outdoor fields, the rugged terrain tends to stain players' clothes before the paint does. Throughout each game, combatants crawl through concrete drainpipes, squat in trenches, and dive behind dirt hills as they advance on each other. Specialized in training teams for local and national tournament play, Action Star's referees rotate teams throughout the fields—including a speedball field sporting inflatable obstacles—and supervise each firefight. They also advise players to bring water and action-friendly clothes, such as a tuxedo.
On Redlands Shooting Park's nine regulation trap fields, bullets chase clay pigeons flung from machines with voice-release technology. Elsewhere on the grounds, customers take aim on four regulation skeet fields and navigate 10 challenging stations on a sporting-clays course. Along with these open-shooting sessions, Redlands Shooting Park hosts numerous events throughout the year, including ATA-registered trap shoots, NSSA-registered skeet shoots, and leagues for trap and skeet. After a session on the fields or a trek through the course, visitors can retire to the clubhouse or restock their reserves of ammo, apparel, or rental shotguns at the pro shop.
Although the race begins at noon, motor through the gates as early as 7 a.m. to start enjoying all that the speedway has to offer, from a pre-race concert by Kenny Loggins to the to the high-flying, back-flipping motorcycle mad men of the Metal Mulisha. Part of NASCAR's playoffs, the Pepsi MAX 400 gives race fans 400 miles of fleet-wheeled fun. From the comfort of their seats, spectators can watch like a hawk as NASCAR’s finest cover 200 laps around the asphalt oval with the speed of peregrine falcons, strategizing pit stops and bathroom breaks more craftily than the craftiest egrets. The speedway is equipped with 750 television monitors and 338 speakers, giving fans ample opportunity to bask in the warm glow of light waves and the comforting vibrations of sound lightning.
• For $10, you get two general-admission tickets (a $20 value). • For $18, you get four general-admission tickets (a $40 value). • For $30, you get two VIP tickets to seats near the ring and a meet-and-greet autograph-and-photo session with the stars (a $60 value).
For the past five years, the Ontario Reign have dominated opponents as the ECHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets and the 2012 Stanley Cup champions, the Los Angeles Kings. Formerly the Texas Wildcatters, and before that, the Huntington Blizzard, the Reign rose to existence in 2008. And, rather than naming the team the old-fashioned way of letting a raccoon pick random letters from a bag of Scrabble pieces, the newly spawned organization turned to its fans with a name-the-team contest. That contest kicked off what has been a thriving relationship between the Reign and Ontario hockey fans. In fact, the Reign led the ECHL in attendance during their first three seasons. In 2012 and 2013, the team rewarded its loyal fans with back-to-back Pacific Division championships, and in coming seasons, hopes to be a perennial contender for the Kelly Cup.