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Sports teams in Virginia include several professional teams, but no professional major-league teams. Virginia is the most populous U.S. state without a major professional sports league franchise playing within its borders, although two of the major-league teams representing Washington, D.C.—the NFL's Washington Commanders and NHL's Washington Capitals—have their practice facilities and operational headquarters in Northern Virginia.

Major league teams

The Norfolk Tides play at Harbor Park in Norfolk.
The Norfolk Tides play at Harbor Park in Norfolk.

There have been proposals to locate stadiums for Washington, D.C.-based teams in Northern Virginia or to locate teams in the Hampton Roads metro area surrounding Norfolk, but none have come to fruition. When Jack Kent Cooke decided to build a replacement for the aging RFK Stadium as home of the Washington Football team, he considered a site in Alexandria until public opposition developed. An attempt to bring a National Hockey League expansion franchise to Norfolk in the late 1990s was rejected by the NHL, with the expansion franchise instead becoming the Columbus Blue Jackets. However, the Washington Wizards played a preseason game at a high school in Alexandria, Virginia against the New York Knicks in 1971.

The Houston Astros were nearly sold and relocated to Northern Virginia in 1996, but Major League Baseball owners stepped in and scuttled the proposed transaction in order to give Houston time to approve a new stadium deal. A proposal to relocate the Montreal Expos to Norfolk was considered by Major League Baseball in 2004. MLB had also considered a site near Washington Dulles International Airport in Loudoun County as a possible new home for the Expos. However, a reluctance by state officials to dedicate funds to the project along with concern about traffic helped lead MLB to select Washington as the Expos' new home. The ownership of the Florida Marlins had mentioned Norfolk as one of the cities to which it could relocate the team, but the Marlins will now remain in South Florida for the foreseeable future since they moved to a new park in Miami in 2012, adopting their current name of Miami Marlins at that time.

The Virginia Squires played in the American Basketball Association from 1970 to 1976; the team was left out of that league's partial merger with the NBA after the 1975 and 1976 season.

Other teams

The Virginia Destroyers played in the United Football League in 2011, and began playing in the 2012 season, however the Destroyers folded, along with the rest of the UFL.

Starting in 2021, Old Glory DC of Major League Rugby began playing at Segra Field near Leesburg, Virginia.


Club Sport League
Fredericksburg Nationals Baseball Low-A East
Lynchburg Hillcats Baseball Low-A East
Loudoun United FC Soccer USL Championship
Norfolk Tides Baseball Triple-A East
Richmond Flying Squirrels Baseball Double-A Northeast
Salem Red Sox Baseball Low-A East
Richmond Elite Basketball American Basketball Association
Virginia Rampage Dodgeball National Dodgeball League
Virginia Cyclones Football East Coast Football Association
Richmond Raiders Football Professional Indoor Football League
Norfolk Admirals Ice hockey ECHL
Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs Ice hockey SPHL
Northern Virginia Eagles Rugby league USA Rugby League
Hampton Roads Piranhas Soccer USL League Two
Virginia Beach City FC Soccer National Premier Soccer League
Hampton Roads Piranhas Soccer W-League
Northern Virginia FC Soccer USL League Two
Richmond Kickers Soccer USL League One
Richmond Kickers Destiny Soccer W-League
Lionsbridge FC Soccer USL League Two
Virginia Beach United FC Soccer USL League Two
Hampton Hammerheads Box Lacrosse Professional Box Lacrosse Association