Okinawa City declared itself the "Sports Convention City" in 1996 for the purpose of creating a city for sports exchange. There are two major sports facilities in the city, Koza Sports Park and Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park. The Hiroshima Toyo Carp, a professional baseball team in the Central League, holds its spring training camp here, and many athletes, both professional and amateur, visit the area for training. Every year in February, 10,000 runners from inside and outside Okinawa participate in the "Okinawa Marathon." In addition to the full marathon course that runs through the U.S. military base, there is also a 10km road race course, which is recommended for joggers as a winter sightseeing tour of Okinawa.
Various sports teams
Okinawa City is the home town of Ryukyu Golden Kings, a professional basketball team, and FC Ryukyu, a professional J-Leauge soccer team. During each sports season, you can watch the games of both teams in Okinawa City. From June 1, 2018, the professional volleyball team Panasonic Panthers started activities with Okinawa City as their sub-home town. In the future, the official game of the new V-League will be held in Okinawa City.
Hiroshima Toyo Carp
Ryukyu Golden Kings
Koza Sports Park
From November to March, when the weather is very cold, many sports organizations based in Honshu hold training camps at Koza Sports Park. In 2012, a total of 5,380 athletes from about 57 organizations visited and trained at the park's athletic field.
Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park
A park blessed with scenery, facing the Pacific Ocean that straddles Okinawa City and Kitanakagusuku Village, and overlooking Nakagusuku Bay in the southeastern direction.