Ohio Sports Events, History and Tailgating in Cleveland

Ohio Sports Events, History and Tailgating in Cleveland

Cleveland Sports Events

Ohio is the home of the biggest sports fans. This state has it all — football, baseball, basketball, rugby, hockey — you name it. With great teams and players in the state and a welcoming atmosphere to visitors from around the globe, it is no wonder many people travel to Ohio. If you are looking for an exciting vacation destination with top-notch sports entertainment options, look no further than Cleveland, Ohio!

Ohio Sports History

Sports fans in Ohio have a good reason for their pride. In 1869, the first baseball team made up of only professional players began in Cincinnati. In 1920, the National Football League (NFL) formed in Canton, just outside Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland and Akron natives even went on to design the modern golf ball. Ohio is a gold mine of Olympic talent, which further cements Ohio's standing in the United States sporting world. The Buckeye State is the third-ranked in the country for gold medals. 

The proud sports players of Ohio make up some of the best professional teams and, throughout history, influenced how these games play. It is no wonder Ohio has remained a sports leader and continues producing legends like LeBron James, Jerry Lucas and Jesse Owens!

Check out These Cleveland, Ohio, Major League Sports

Experience Ohio's legendary sports scene for yourself at the famed Cleveland sports arenas.

Baseball at Progressive Park

If you are looking to catch a game, visit Progressive Field. Home to the Cleveland Guardians Major League Baseball Team, this top 10 ballpark is one of the most exciting places in Cleveland. From the moment you step into Progressive Field, you can feel the excitement, the electricity and most importantly, the passion for America's favorite pastime. The Guardians have two league titles under their belt and they are looking to add a third this year. Come see these guys hit it out of the park!

Football at FirstEnergy Stadium

You cannot come to Cleveland during football season without seeing the Cleveland Browns play for FirstEnergy Stadium. This stadium pulls all the stops with modern renovations on top of classic food and dessert options. Don't forget to arrive early to experience some pre-game tailgating. You will find plenty of space to park and party, so no one in your family and group will be left out. Browns fans commit to supporting their team no matter what happens on the field. If you are looking for grit, determination and wild fun, you will find it here at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Basketball Reigns at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

If you are looking for an exhilarating way to spend a day in Cleveland, consider buying a ticket to an NBA game at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The arena sits in downtown Cleveland, so you will find it easy to reach and plenty of parking nearby. This state-of-the-art venue hosted many famous athletes over the years, including LeBron James himself. The Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse hosted the 2022 NBA All-Star game, so you can expect outstanding performances from some of your favorite players. Tickets sell out quickly, so reserve your seats today. 

Complete Your Trip With These Necessary Stops for Cleveland Sports Fans

Cleveland is a sports fan's paradise. Why not get in on the action by visiting some of the city's top sports attractions during your stay? Some stops on your trip can include:

  1. Stopping by the Pro Football Hall of Fame: The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the ultimate place to take in the NFL's greatest moments. Located in nearby Canton, Ohio, this museum pays tribute to the stars and visionaries who made this sport what it is today.  
  2. Viewing some Minor League Games: Although most people stop by to see the major leagues, you will find much more on your visit to Cleveland. You will always find a game to attend, from hockey and golf, to rugby and dedicated collegiate sports. 
  3. Exploring the Baseball Heritage Museum: This museum is an excellent place for people of all ages to learn about the history of baseball. See Babe Ruth's home run ball up close and walk among memorabilia that forged America's Favorite Pastime.  
  4. Chowing down at the many sports bars and grills: Experience a game-day atmosphere with iconic food and drink while meeting other fans who love their teams as much as you do at the many sports bars around Cleveland. 
  5. Visiting the LeBron James Museum — debut in 2023: If these stops are not enough for one trip, don't worry. Soon sports fans can make a slight detour to the LeBron James Museum to see his accomplishments chronicled. 

Where to Stay Near Cleveland

Traveling to Ohio? You will have a great time at the Thompson / Grand River Valley KOA. This campground rests next to Lake Erie, which offers a fantastic range of outdoor activities and amenities to make your trip epic. Whether you want to go hiking, biking or fishing, you will have many options on your doorstep. Just a short drive from the best attractions in Cleveland and Akron, you will get the best of exploring the city and relaxing in nature. 

Book Your Campsite Today

Complete your Cleveland, Ohio, tour or sporting trip at an RV Site or a Tent SiteDeluxe Cabins are also an option for a glamping experience. The Thompson / Grand River Valley KOA has something for every traveler. Reserve your campsite today!

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