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[edit]

The Cincinnati Bengals started in the American Football League from 1968–1969, then after the AFL/NFL merger continued with the National Football League from 1970 to present.

The Cincinnati Redstockings were the first professional baseball team, established in 1869. The Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball were established in 1882.

FC Cincinnati is an expansion team in Major League Soccer, who will begin play in May of 2019.

Minor league teams[edit]

Major colleges[edit]

NCAA Division I[edit]

Smaller colleges[edit]


Other sporting events[edit]

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.

Nearby Sparta, Kentucky is home to Kentucky Speedway.

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.

Every May since 2000, Cincinnati has hosted the annual Flying Pig Marathon which winds through downtown and Northern Kentucky.

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.

Within the urban core of the city and its immediate surroundings, the Steps of Cincinnati offer an urban hiking experience.[1]

Cincinnati and the surrounding metropolitan area has a multitude of disc golf courses.

Former professional teams[edit]


  1. ^ "Hillside Steps". City of Cincinnati Transportation & Engineering. Archived from the original on 24 May 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013.

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