Columbus has developed into one of the nation's emerging sports destinations in recent years. Several professional and amateur sport teams call Columbus home.
The Columbus Crew, a Major League Soccer club, plays its home games in Crew Stadium. The stadium has hosted many national and international events, including the Women's World Cup, men's World Cup qualifiers, MLA All-Star Game and MLS Cup. Since its founding in June 1994, the Black and Gold has established itself as one of the top organizations in Major League Soccer, both on and off the field.
The Columbus Blue Jackets, an National Hockey League team, play their home games in Nationwide Arena, in the Arena District in downtown Columbus. In 2004, ESPN The Magazine named it the "Ultimate Arena" and the Blue Jackets earned top ranking under "Stadium Experience." The term "Blue Jacket" describes the uniform of the Union Army in the Civil War, to which the state of Ohio provided a large number of soldiers.
Ohio State Football is an integral part of the city's sports history. Ohio Stadium is one of college football's most recognizable shrines. The Buckeyes have won seven national championships and five OSU players have combined to win six Heisman trophies.
A minor league baseball team, the Columbus Clippers, is the farm team for the Cleveland Indians. Huntington Park, located in the Arena District, is the home field of the Clippers. The award-winning new stadium boasts a capacity of 10,100 and different areas around the ballpark to suit any fan's preference. In addition to regular seating, the stadium features open second-story patios overlooking the field; an open air rooftop with bleachers reminiscent of Wrigley Field; a picnic terrace offering fans a place to relax; and suites that overhang the stands offering yet another option for memorable group outings.
Scioto Downs features top-notch live harness racing and thoroughbred/harness racing simulcasting from all over America.
The Memorial Tournament, held at Muirfield Village Golf Club, was founded by Columbus native and golf legend Jack Nicklaus in 1976. The event, held each May, is recognized as one of the top stops on the PGA tour.
For a complete listing of Columbus sports events, go to the Greater Columbus Sports Commission's website.