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Best Sporting Goods Stores In Sacramento

November 15, 2010 5:32 PM

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Sacramento’s great climate and location (near the ocean and mountains) make it a great city for any sport.  It also has a number of great sporting goods store where you can find almost anything you need to get into the action.
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Athletics Unlimited

4648 Whitney Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 483-2352
Neighborhood:
www.au1988.com

With its motto “Where Every Day is Game Day,” Athletics Unlimited has for more than 22 years offered a full range of apparel, uniforms and 
clothing. Unlike some specialty retailers with niche selections, Athletics Unlimited features officiating gear to corporate apparel, 
Little League equipment to softball bats. It covers all the retail bases, on and off the field.

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Big 5 Sporting Goods

3420 Arden Way
(Multiple locations)
Sacramento, CA 95864
(916) 488-5060
Neighborhood: Arden-Arcade
www.big5sportinggoods.com

Among the country’s largest sporting goods retailers with approximately 400 locations in 12 western states, the expansive store 
features athletic shoes, apparel and accessories, as well as a wide selection of outdoor and athletic equipment for team sports, fitness, 
camping, hunting, fishing, tennis, golf, snowboarding and in-line skating.

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Champs Sports

1689 Arden Way
(Multiple locations)
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 649-1389
Neighborhood: Arden-Arcade
www.champssports.com

With more than 550 locations in four countries, Champs Sports is among North America’s largest mall-based specialty athletic footwear and 
apparel retailers. Its product categories include athletic footwear, apparel and accessories and related equipment in stores that average 
3,500 square feet.

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Goal Kick Sport Shop

3519 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95864
(916) 482-5425
Neighborhood: Arden-Arcade

A one-stop shop for all things soccer, rugby and other kicking sports.  It’s a small store, but it packs in an impressive supply of uniforms, 
footwear and related equipment from U.S. and international brands — Diadora to Reusch, Canterbury to Puma, Adidas to Gilbert.

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Land Park Ski & Sports

4207 Freeport Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95822
(916) 451-2800
Neighborhood: Land Park
www.landparkski.com

For more than 30 years, it’s been a go-to place for alpine skiing and snowboard equipment. Rentals to repairs, it services all major brands, 
offers ski leases and has a trade-in program for junior skiers and snowboarders.

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REI

1790 Expo Pkwy.
(Multiple locations)
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 924-8900
Neighborhood: Point West
www.REI.com/Sacramento

Opened in 1938 and now with more than 100 locations, REI has its own brand of gear and clothing for myriad outdoor use. It’s the country’s 
largest consumer cooperative and its locations offer cycling to mountain climbing equipment as well as casual apparel and footwear.

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River City Golf Exchange

5847 Auburn Blvd. #1
Sacramento, CA 95841
(916) 349-8369
Neighborhood: Foothill Farms
www.broadwaygolf.com

Since 1985, the warehouse-style retail store has provided a vast array of golf equipment — clubs, clothing and accessories — for avid 
California golfers. Its owner, Mike Henry, manages the golf shop.

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Sports Authority

1700 Arden Way
(Multiple locations)
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 564-3400
Neighborhood: Arden-Arcade
www.sportsauthority.com
A sports superstore that feature footwear, apparel and equipment for nearly any sport — golf to tennis, soccer to bowling, hockey to 
baseball. It also features camping and home gym equipment and specialty items like foot massaging spas.

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Sports Chalet

2401 Butano Dr.
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 977-1730
Neighborhood: Arden-Arcade
www.sportchalet.com

Sport Chalet has more than 50 locations in California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona that offer products from mainstream sports and lifestyle 
categories (footwear, apparel and other general athletic products) as well as specialty merchandise for snowboarding, skateboarding, 
mountaineering and SCUBA.

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Sports Fever

1689 Arden Way #1246
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 920-3387
Neighborhood: Arden-Arcade
www.sportsfevercal.com

Sports Fever, which has 14 locations throughout California, has for the past 25 years offered licensed products from the NFL, NBA, MLB, 
NHL, and NCAA. Jerseys, hats, sports chairs, and posters. Whatever your favorite team Sport Fever has its gear or knows how to get it.

- James Raia is a freelance journalist living in Sacramento. His work can be found at byjamesraia.com.

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