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Ohio is home to many professional and college sports teams The metropolitan areas of Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus are home to major league professional sports teams in baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and soccer


  • 1 Major league sports teams
  • 2 Minor league teams
  • 3 Individual sports
  • 4 Former professional teams
  • 5 College football
  • 6 Stadiums and arenas
  • 7 See also
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links

Major league sports teamsedit

Ohio is home to major professional sports teams in baseball, basketball, football, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, and rugby union The state's major professional sporting teams include: Cincinnati Reds Major League Baseball,1 Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball,2 Cincinnati Bengals National Football League,3 Cleveland Browns National Football League,3 Cleveland Cavaliers National Basketball Association,4 Columbus Blue Jackets National Hockey League,5 the Columbus Crew Major League Soccer, Ohio Machine Major League Lacrosse, and PRO Rugby's Ohio Aviators6

Ohio played a central role in the development of both Major League Baseball and the National Football League Baseball's first fully professional team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings of 1869, were organized in Ohio7 An informal early 20th century American football association, the Ohio League, was the direct predecessor of the NFL, although neither of Ohio's modern NFL franchises trace their roots to an Ohio League club The Pro Football Hall of Fame is located in Canton

Ohio teams have won 7 World Series 5 Cincinnati Reds, 2 Cleveland Indians, 9 NFL Championships 4 Cleveland Browns, 2 Canton Bulldogs, 1 Cleveland Rams, 1 Akron Pros, 1 Cleveland Bulldogs, 1 NBA Finals Cleveland Cavaliers, 4 AAFC Championships Cleveland Browns, 3 NBL Finals 2 Akron Firestone Non-Skids, 1 Akron Goodyear Wingfoots, 1 MLS Cup Columbus Crew, 1 Negro World Series Cleveland Buckeyes and 1 Temple Cup Cleveland Spiders

Minor league teamsedit

On a smaller scale, Ohio hosts minor league baseball, arena football, indoor football, mid-level hockey, and lower division soccer

The minor league baseball teams include: Akron Rubberducks affiliated with the Cleveland Indians, Chillicothe Paints independent, Columbus Clippers affiliated with the Cleveland Indians, Dayton Dragons affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds, Lake County Captains8 affiliated with the Cleveland Indians, Mahoning Valley Scrappers9 affiliated with the Cleveland Indians, and Toledo Mud Hens10 affiliated with the Detroit Tigers

Ohio's minor professional football teams include: Canton Legends American Indoor Football Association, Cincinnati Marshals National Indoor Football League, Cincinnati Sizzle Women's Football Alliance, Cleveland Fusion Women's Football Alliance, Cleveland Gladiators Arena Football League, Columbus Comets Women's Football Alliance, Mahoning Valley Thunder af2, Marion Mayhem Continental Indoor Football League, and Miami Valley Silverbacks Continental Indoor Football League

Ohio's minor league hockey teams include: Cleveland Monsters American Hockey League, Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL, and the Toledo Walleye ECHL

In lower division professional soccer, Ohio accommodates FC Cincinnati of the United Soccer League, as well as the Dayton Dutch Lions and Cincinnati Kings of the Premier Development League Ohio also has AFC Cleveland of the National Premier Soccer League

Ohio is also home to the Akron Racers, a minor professional softball club, of National Pro Fastpitch

Individual sportsedit

Notable drivers from Ohio include Mauri Rose, Frank Lockhart, Ted Horn, Bobby Rahal, Sam Hornish Jr and Tim Richmond The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course has hosted several auto racing championships, including CART World Series, IndyCar Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, Can-Am, Formula 5000, IMSA GT Championship, American Le Mans Series and Rolex Sports Car Series

The Grand Prix of Cleveland also hosted CART races from 1982 to 2007 The Eldora Speedway is a major dirt oval that hosts NASCAR Truck Series, World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and USAC Silver Crown Series races

Ohio hosts two PGA Tour events, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and Memorial Tournament Columbus native Jack Nicklaus won 18 major golf tournaments, whereas Urbana native Pete Dye is a prominent golf course architect

The Cincinnati Masters is an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5 tennis tournament

Former professional teamsedit

Main article: List of defunct Ohio sports teams

Former major league teams:

  • Akron Pros NFL 1920–1925
  • Canton Bulldogs NFL 1920–1923 and 1925–1926
  • Portsmouth Spartans NFL 1930–1933
  • Cincinnati Red Stockings NL 1876–1880
  • Cleveland Blues NL 1879–1884
  • Cleveland Spiders AA-NL 1887–1899
  • Cleveland Rams NFL 1936–1945
  • Cleveland Rebels BAA 1946–1947
  • Cincinnati Royals NBA 1957–1972
  • Cleveland Barons NHL 1976–1978
  • Cleveland Crusaders WHA1972–1976
  • Cincinnati Stingers WHA 1975–1979
  • Dayton Triangles NFL 1920–1929
  • Cleveland Rockers WNBA 1997–2003
  • Columbus Destroyers AFL 2004–2008

College footballedit

Ohio has eight NCAA Division I FBS college football teams, divided among three different conferences It has also experienced considerable success in the secondary and tertiary tiers of college football divisions

In FBS, representing the Big Ten, the Ohio State Buckeyes football team ranks 5th among all-time winningest programs, with eight national championships and seven Heisman Trophy winners Their biggest rivals are the Michigan Wolverines, whom they traditionally play each year as the last game of their regular season schedule

Ohio has six teams represented in the Mid-American Conference: the Akron Zips, Bowling Green Falcons, Kent State Golden Flashes, Miami RedHawks, Ohio Bobcats and Toledo Rockets The MAC headquarters are in Cleveland

The Cincinnati Bearcats represent the state in the American Athletic Conference

The Youngstown State Penguins have been a perennial power at the Division I FCS level in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, having won four FCS titles

In NCAA Division III, the Mount Union Purple Raiders boast a record-setting 12 national championships, most recently in 2015 Since 1996, the Purple Raiders have advanced to the Division III title game in all but three seasons, and appeared in 11 consecutive title games 2005–2015 They also boast two record winning streaks for D-III—55 straight wins overall from 2000 to 2003, and 112 straight regular-season wins from 2005 to 2016 the latter breaking the school's own record of 110, set from 1994 to 200511

Stadiums and arenasedit

Stadium City Capacity Type Tenants Opened
Ohio Stadium Columbus 104,944 Football Ohio State Buckeyes 1922
FirstEnergy Stadium Cleveland 73,200 Football Cleveland Browns 1999
Paul Brown Stadium Cincinnati 65,790 Football Cincinnati Bengals 2000
Great American Ball Park Cincinnati 42,059 Baseball Cincinnati Reds 2003
Nippert Stadium Cincinnati 40,000 Football Cincinnati Bearcats
FC Cincinnati
Progressive Field Cleveland 38,000 Baseball Cleveland Indians 1994
Rubber Bowl Akron 31,000 Football High school 1940
InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field Akron 30,000 Football Akron Zips 2009
Doyt Perry Stadium Bowling Green 28,599 Football Bowling Green Falcons 1966
Glass Bowl Toledo 26,248 Football Toledo Rockets 1937
Dix Stadium Kent 25,319 Football Kent State Golden Flashes 1969
Fred C Yager Stadium Oxford 24,286 Football Miami RedHawks 1983
Peden Stadium Athens 24,000 Football Ohio Bobcats 1929
Stambaugh Stadium Youngstown 20,630 Football Youngstown State Penguins 1982
Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland 20,562 Arena Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Monsters
Mapfre Stadium Columbus 20,455 Soccer Columbus Crew 1999
Nationwide Arena Columbus 19,500 Arena Columbus Blue Jackets 2000
Value City Arena Columbus 18,809 Arena Ohio State Buckeyes 1998
US Bank Arena Cincinnati 17,000 Arena Cincinnati Cyclones 1975
Wolstein Center Cleveland 13,610 Arena Cleveland State Vikings 1991
UD Arena Dayton 13,455 Arena Dayton Flyers 1969
Fifth Third Arena Cincinnati 13,176 Arena Cincinnati Bearcats 1989
Nutter Center Dayton 10,464 Arena Wright State Raiders 1990
Fifth Third Field Toledo 10,300 Baseball Toledo Mud Hens 2002
Cintas Center Cincinnati 10,250 Arena Xavier Musketeers 2000
Huntington Park Columbus 10,000 Baseball Columbus Clippers 2009
Canal Park Akron 9,097 Baseball Akron Rubberducks 1997
Savage Arena Toledo 9,000 Arena Toledo Rockets 1976
Fifth Third Field Dayton 8,500 Baseball Dayton Dragons 2000
Huntington Center Toledo 8,000 Arena Toledo Walleye 2009
James A Rhodes Arena Akron 5,500 Arena Akron Zips 1983
Taft Coliseum Columbus 5,000 Arena High school 1918
Former stadiums
  • Cleveland Stadium 1931-1995; capacity: 83,000 – Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns
  • Riverfront Stadium 1970-2002; capacity: 59,754 – Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds

See alsoedit

  • Sports in Cincinnati
  • Sports in Cleveland


  1. ^ "The Official Site of the Cincinnati Reds" Major League Baseball Retrieved March 28, 2009 
  2. ^ "The Official Site of the Cleveland Indians" Major League Baseball Retrieved March 28, 2009 
  3. ^ a b "NFL Teams" National Football League Retrieved March 28, 2009 
  4. ^ "NBAcom Team Index" National Basketball Association Retrieved March 28, 2009 
  5. ^ "NHL Teams" National Hockey League Retrieved March 28, 2009 
  6. ^ "Major League Soccer Teams" Major League Soccer Archived from the original on February 21, 2009 Retrieved March 28, 2009 
  7. ^ Griffith, Grant 2007 "Legend of the Cincinnati Red Stockings" Cincinnati Vintage Base Ball Club Retrieved March 28, 2009 
  8. ^ "Lake County Captains" Minor League Baseball Retrieved March 28, 2009 
  9. ^ "Mahoning Valley Scrappers" Minor League Baseball Retrieved March 28, 2009 
  10. ^ "The Toledo Mud Hens" Toledo Mud Hens Retrieved March 28, 2009 
  11. ^ "Team Records: Additional Records" PDF 2016 Division III Football Records NCAA p 13 Retrieved October 7, 2016 

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