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.
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), Cleveland Guardians (Major League Baseball), Cincinnati Bengals (National Football League), Cleveland Browns (National Football League), Cleveland Cavaliers (National Basketball Association), Columbus Blue Jackets (National Hockey League), Columbus Crew (Major League Soccer), and FC Cincinnati (Major League Soccer).
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 Ohio. 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 seven World Series (five for Cincinnati Reds, two for Cleveland Guardians), nine NFL Championships (four for Cleveland Browns, two for Canton Bulldogs, one for Cleveland Rams, one for Akron Pros, one for Cleveland Bulldogs), one NBA Finals (Cleveland Cavaliers), four AAFC Championships (Cleveland Browns), and two MLS Cups (Columbus Crew).
|Team||Sport||League||City||Venue (capacity)||League titles|
|Cincinnati Reds||Baseball||Major League Baseball||Cincinnati||Great American Ball Park||5|
|Cleveland Guardians||Cleveland||Progressive Field||2|
|Columbus Crew||Association football||Major League Soccer||Columbus||Lower.com Field||2|
|FC Cincinnati||Cincinnati||TQL Stadium||0|
|Cleveland Cavaliers||Basketball||National Basketball Association||Cleveland||Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse||1|
|Cincinnati Bengals||American football||National Football League||Cincinnati||Paul Brown Stadium||0|
|Cleveland Browns||Cleveland||FirstEnergy Stadium||4|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||Ice hockey||National Hockey League||Columbus||Nationwide Arena||0|
|Cleveland Rugby League||Rugby||North American Rugby League||Cleveland||Cleveland Rovers RFC||0|
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 Triple-A East's Columbus Clippers (affiliated with the Cleveland Guardians) and Toledo Mud Hens (affiliated with the Detroit Tigers), Double-A Northeast's Akron RubberDucks (affiliated with the Guardians) and the High-A Central's Dayton Dragons (affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds) and Lake County Captains (affiliated with the Guardians). The Mahoning Valley Scrappers were also affiliated with the former Indians, playing the New York–Penn League before the 2021 Minor League Baseball reorganization and became a founding member of the MLB Draft League. Additionally, the Lake Erie Crushers play in the independent Frontier League.
Ohio's minor professional football teams include: Canton Legends 2005-2008 (American Indoor Football Association), Cincinnati Marshals 2005-2007 (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 2006-2009 (af2), Marion Mayhem 2006-2010 (Continental Indoor Football League), and Miami Valley Silverbacks 2006-2012 (Continental Indoor Football League).
Ohio's minor league hockey teams include: Cleveland Monsters (American Hockey League), Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL), and the Toledo Walleye (ECHL).
Ohio’s minor league basketball teams include: Cleveland Charge (NBA G League) and Burning River Buckets, (American Basketball Association)
Ohio has been home to teams in many lower-division soccer leagues. The second-level USL Championship (USLC) currently has no teams in the state, but has had Ohio teams in the past. The Dayton Dutch Lions played in the league, then known as USL Pro, from 2011 to 2014, after which it moved to the league then known as the Premier Development League and now as USL League Two (USL2), where it remains today. From 2016 to 2018, FC Cincinnati played in the USLC, then known as the United Soccer League, before being replaced by the current MLS team of the same name. The aforementioned Dayton Dutch Lions are the only current USL2 team that plays in Ohio. A second current USL2 team, the Cincinnati Dutch Lions, played home games in Cincinnati from 2014 to 2016, but now plays at Northern Kentucky University. Other past Ohio teams in USL2 are the Cincinnati Riverhawks (1997), Cincinnati Kings (2008–2012), Cleveland Internationals (2004–2010), Dayton Gemini (2000–2002), and Toledo Slayers (2003–2005). Ohio also has Cleveland SC, FC Columbus, and Toledo Villa FC of the National Premier Soccer League, and Columbus Eagles FC, Cleveland Ambassadors, and Cincinnati Sirens FC of the Women's Premier Soccer League. Two teams play for MLS Next Pro, FC Cincinnati 2 and Columbus Crew 2.
Ohio is also home to the Cleveland Comets, a minor professional softball club, of National Pro Fastpitch.
|Columbus Clippers||Triple-A||International League||Cleveland Guardians||Columbus||Huntington Park|
|Toledo Mud Hens||Detroit Tigers||Toledo||Fifth Third Field|
|Akron RubberDucks||Double-A||Eastern League||Cleveland Guardians||Akron||Canal Park|
|Dayton Dragons||High-A||Midwest League||Cincinnati Reds||Dayton||Day Air Ballpark|
|Lake County Captains||Cleveland Guardians||Eastlake||Classic Park|
|Lake Erie Crushers||Independent||Frontier League||None||Avon||Mercy Health Stadium|
|Cleveland Charge||NBA||NBA G League||Cleveland Cavaliers||Cleveland||Wolstein Center|
|Cincinnati Warriors||Independent||The Basketball League||None||Cincinnati||Courts 4 Sports|
|Dayton Flight||Dayton||Dayton Sports Complex|
|Toledo Glass City B.C||Toledo||Owens Community College|
|Columbus Wild Dogs||Indoor||Indoor Football League||Columbus||Nationwide Arena|
|Columbus Chaos||Women's II||Women's Football Alliance||Columbus|
|Cincinnati Sizzle||Women's developmental||Cincinnati|
|Cleveland Monsters||High-level||American Hockey League||Columbus Blue Jackets||Cleveland||Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse|
|Cincinnati Cyclones||Mid-level||ECHL||Buffalo Sabres||Cincinnati||Heritage Bank Center|
|Toledo Walleye||Detroit Red Wings||Toledo||Huntington Center|
|Youngstown Phantoms||Junior||United States Hockey League||None||Youngstown||Covelli Centre|
|Columbus Crew 2||Division III||MLS Next Pro||Columbus||Historic Crew Stadium|
|FC Cincinnati 2||Cincinnati||NKU Soccer Stadium (KY)|
|Brew City Serve||Indoor II||Major Arena Soccer League 2||Fairfield||Gametime Training Center|
|Cleveland Crunch||North Olmsted||Soccer Sportsplex|
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 has several short ovals, including Eldora Speedway and Toledo Speedway. Notable dragstrips in Ohio include the National Trail Raceway and the Summit Motorsports Park.
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.
|Auto racing||Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio||IndyCar||Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course||Lexington||1970|
|Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio||IMSA SportsCar Championship||1963|
|O'Reilly Auto Parts 150 at Mid-Ohio||NASCAR Camping World Truck Series||2022|
|Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals||NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series||Summit Motorsports Park||Norwalk||2007|
|Herr's Potato Chips 200||ARCA Menards Series||Toledo Speedway||Toledo||1953|
|Golf||Memorial Tournament||PGA Tour||Muirfield Village||Dublin||1976|
|Dana Open||LPGA Tour||Highland Meadows Golf Club||Sylvania||1984|
|Kroger Queen City Championship||Kenwood County Club||Cincinnati||2022|
|Horse racing||Little Brown Jug||Harness Racing for Pacers||Delaware County Fairgrounds||Delaware||1946|
|Tennis||Cincinnati Masters||ATP/WTA||Lindner Family Tennis Center||Mason||1899|
Main article: List of defunct Ohio sports teams
Former major league teams:
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; they will move to the Big 12 Conference in 2023.
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 13 national championships, most recently in 2017. 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 2005).
|School||Primary conference||Teams fielded||National team titles|
|Akron Zips||Mid-American Conference||17||2|
|Bowling Green Falcons||17||4|
|Cincinnati Bearcats||American Athletic Conference||18||2|
|Cleveland State Vikings||Horizon League||17||0|
|Dayton Flyers||Atlantic 10 Conference||16||0|
|Kent State Golden Flashes||Mid-American Conference||19||0|
|Ohio State Buckeyes||Big Ten Conference||33||86|
|Wright State Raiders||Horizon League||11||0|
|Xavier Musketeers||Big East Conference||16||0|
|Youngstown State Penguins||Horizon League||21||4|
|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||1915|
|Progressive Field||Cleveland||38,000||Baseball||Cleveland Guardians||1994|
|InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field||Akron||30,000||Football||Akron Zips football||2009|
|Doyt Perry Stadium||Bowling Green||28,599||Football||Bowling Green Falcons||1966|
|Glass Bowl||Toledo||26,248||Football||Toledo Rockets||1937|
|TQL Stadium||Cincinnati||26,000||Soccer||FC Cincinnati||2021|
|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|
|Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse||Cleveland||20,562||Arena||Cleveland Cavaliers
|Lower.com Field||Columbus||20,000||Soccer||Columbus Crew||2021|
|Nationwide Arena||Columbus||19,500||Arena||Columbus Blue Jackets||2000|
|Value City Arena||Columbus||18,809||Arena||Ohio State Buckeyes||1998|
|Heritage Bank Center||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
NCAA Men's First Four
|Fifth Third Arena||Cincinnati||13,176||Arena||Cincinnati Bearcats||1989|
|Convocation Center||Athens||13,000||Arena||Ohio Bobcats||1968|
|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|
|Day Air Ballpark||Dayton||8,500||Baseball||Dayton Dragons||2000|
|Huntington Center||Toledo||8,000||Arena||Toledo Walleye||2009|
|Millett Hall||Oxford||6,400||Arena||Miami RedHawks||1968|
|James A. Rhodes Arena||Akron||5,500||Arena||Akron Zips||1983|
|Taft Coliseum||Columbus||5,000||Arena||High school||1918|