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Sports and Cleveland


 Professional Sports

Cleveland is one of few cities that host three major professional sports teams, including the Cleveland Browns (National Football League), the Cleveland Indians (Major League Baseball) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (National Basketball Association). All three sports facilities are conveniently located Downtown and are easily accessible.

In addition to the three major professional sports teams, Cleveland has an American Hockey League team, the Lake Erie Monsters, and an Arena Football League team, the Cleveland Gladiators

Whether you’re in the Dawg Pound, cheering on the Tribe, or watching the Cavaliers fly high around the basket, Cleveland sports bring non-stop action and thrills. These sporting events offer an exciting atmosphere and attract large crowds.  The local fan base is very passionate about its teams and downtown is always buzzing on game days. Tickets are affordable and expectations are high, which make catching a game in Cleveland a popular choice for any night.

International Sports

First Energy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns, often hosts international soccer matches by both the Men’s and Women’s United States National Soccer Teams. In fact, on May 29, 2014 First Energy Stadium hosted the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team's game against Belgium! Find out more here.

Are you a Clevelander and want to participate in actually playing in international sports? Through a partnership between the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Cleveland Clinic Sports Health, Cleveland is proud to present the annual Continental Cup. This is a vibrant youth sports festival that provides top competition and cross-cultural exchange for thousands of athletes from dozens of countries. For more information on the cup click here.

Spotlight: 2014 Gay Games Cleveland August 7th - 16th

The Gay Games were conceived in 1980 by Dr. Tom Waddell as a "vehicle of change." In 1982, San Francisco was the first city to host the Gay Games and became the foundation City for the event held every four years. 

For 32 years, the Gay Games have built an international legacy of changing cultural, social and political attitudes towards LGBT people across the globe, while at the same time empowering tens of thousands with the transforming benefits of sports competition. On September 29, 2009, at the annual meeting in Cologne, Germany, Cleveland was selected over Boston and Washington D. C. as the 9th Gay Games host city. Presented by the Cleveland Foundation, this is one of the biggest sports and cultural festivals in the world. The games are open to all adults - regardless of sexual orientation or athletic ability. With more than 35 sports (from darts to triathlon, bowling to softball) and 2 cultural events (band and chorus), there's something for everybody.


Collegiate Sports

If the action from professional and international sports arena't enough, Cleveland will also be the sponsor to a bevy of NCAA sporting events including but not limited to: (March 2014) Division II Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving, Division II Wrestling National Championships; (April 2014) Women's Collegiate Bowling Championship. Find out about these NCAA sporting events and see what's else is coming to Cleveland by visiting the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission Website.

Cleveland is home to a variety of collegiate divisions, whether it is watching Cleveland State in Division I volleyball or Case Western Reserve in Division III football. Although there is no major collegiate football team in Cleveland, most Clevelanders root for the Buckeyes on Saturdays in the fall due to the large Northeast Ohio alumni presence. Cleveland is also the headquarters for the Mid American Conference (MAC) which includes the annual March Madness men's and women's basketball championships at Quicken Loans Arena.