Sports in Cincinnati
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Sports in Cincinnati includes three major league teams, eleven minor league teams, and five college institutions with sports teams. Cincinnati also has seven major sports venues.
Major league teams
Minor league teams
- FC Cincinnati, United Soccer League
- Cincinnati Cyclones, ECHL.
- Florence Freedom, Frontier League (located in Florence, KY, 14 miles south of downtown Cincinnati)
- Cincinnati Dutch Lions, USL Premier Development League
- Kentucky Enforcers, ABA
NCAA Division I
- Northern Kentucky University Norse: Horizon
- University of Cincinnati Bearcats: The American
- Xavier University Musketeers: Big East
- Miami University RedHawks: MAC
- Union Institute & University
- Mount St. Joseph University
- Cincinnati Christian University
- Thomas More College
- Paul Brown Stadium – Football, (capacity 65,535)
- Great American Ball Park – Baseball (42,059)
- Nippert Stadium – University of Cincinnati football, FC Cincinnati soccer (40,000 for football, normally restricted to 33,250 for soccer)
- U.S. Bank Arena – Hockey, basketball, football, soccer (17,556)
- Fifth Third Arena – University of Cincinnati athletics (13,176)
- Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio – Tennis (Center Court: 11,000; Grandstand Court: 5,000; Court #3: 2,000)
- Cintas Center – Xavier University athletics (10,250)
- BB&T Arena in Highland Heights, Kentucky – Northern Kentucky University athletics (9,400); also temporary home of Cincinnati Bearcats basketball in 2017–18 during renovations to Fifth Third Arena
- West End Stadium – To open in 2021 as the permanent home for FC Cincinnati soccer (25,500–26,500)
Other sporting events
The suburb of Mason hosts the professional international tennis event, the Western & Southern Open. The men's Masters is one of the elite nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, and the Women's tournament is a Premier event on the WTA Tour.
In March 2005 and 2006, the U.S. Bank Arena hosted the Atlantic 10 Conference men's basketball tournament. BB&T Arena, then known as The Bank of Kentucky Center, hosted the Elite Eight of the NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship in 2012.
A 2014 college basketball game that elevated brain tumor patient Lauren Hill to national prominence and was named Best Moment at the 2015 ESPY Awards was played at Cintas Center on the Xavier University campus. Since Hill's death in 2015, Xavier has hosted the Lauren Hill Tipoff Classic, an annual doubleheader that opens the regular season for both the Mount St. Joseph and Xavier women's teams.
The Sphere - Cincinnati's Premier Sports Facility is home to two ice sheets that are home to the Queen City Steam travel hockey organization. It is also home to an inline hockey rink that has a large adult hockey league. There are also 6 basketball courts that host many tournaments, as well as, youth and adult leagues.
Cincinnati and the surrounding metropolitan area has a multitude of disc golf courses.
Former professional teams
- Cincinnati Bengals (1937–1941), a member of the American Football League (1936). Competed in AFL II (1937), the minor AFL of 1938 (1939), and AFL III (1939-1940).
- Cincinnati Celts, played in the unofficial "Ohio League" and the American Professional Football Association (renamed the National Football League in 1922).
- Cincinnati Blades, team that competed in the American Football League (1938).
- Cincinnati Reds, NFL team that played in the 1933 NFL season and the first eight games of the 1934 NFL season.
- Cincinnati Rockers, team that competed in the Arena Football League from 1992–1993.
- Cincinnati Royals, NBA team 1957-1972
- Cincinnati Stingers, World Hockey Association, 1975-1979
- Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, American Hockey League, 1997-2005
- Cincinnati Stingers, Central Hockey League (Minor League), 1979-1980
- Cincinnati Kids, Major Indoor Soccer League, 1978-1979
- Cincinnati Riverhawks, Professional Soccer, USISL PDL (1997), USL A-League (1998–2003)
- Cincinnati Kings, USL Premier Development League
- Cincinnati Silverbacks, NPSL, 1995-1998