What Sports Teams Are in Cincinnati?

A list of the professional sports teams in Cincinnati, Ohio including the Bengals, Reds, and FC Cincinnati.

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Major League Teams

Cincinnati is home to two major league teams: the Cincinnati Reds (MLB) and the Cincinnati Bengals (NFL). The Reds are the oldest professional baseball team in the United States. They were founded in 1869 and have won five World Series titles. The Bengals are a professional football team that was founded in 1968. They have made it to the playoffs ten times but have yet to win a Super Bowl.

Cincinnati Reds- MLB

The Cincinnati Reds are a Major League Baseball team. They play in the National League Central division. Their home ballpark is Great American Ball Park.

FC Cincinnati- MLS

FC Cincinnati is an American professional soccer club based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The club competes in Major League Soccer (MLS) as a member of the Eastern Conference. FC Cincinnati joined MLS in 2019 as an expansion team, becoming the league’s 24th club.

The club plays its home matches at Nippert Stadium, a historic college football stadium that serves as the home of the University of Cincinnati football team. The stadium underwent a $75 million redevelopment to accommodate soccer, adding luxury suites and seats for more than 30,000 fans.

Minor League Teams

Cincinnati is home to two minor league baseball teams, the Cincinnati Reds and the Cincinnati Bengals. The Reds are a member of the International League, while the Bengals are a member of the Atlantic League. Both teams play their home games at Great American Ball Park.

Cincinnati Cyclones- ECHL

The Cincinnati Cyclones are a professional ice hockey team in the ECHL. They play their home games at Heritage Bank Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cyclones are owned and operated by HC Cincinnati, LLC, which also owns the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets and the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters.

The team was founded in 1990 as the Baltimore Skipjacks of the American Hockey League. After two seasons in Baltimore, the team was sold and relocated to Trenton, New Jersey, where they became the Trenton Devils. In 2007, following the expiration of their lease at the Sovereign Bank Arena, owner Gerry McNamara moved the team to Cincinnati and purchased an expansion franchise in the ECHL. The Cyclones began play for their first season in 2008–09.

In June 2010, it was announced that HC Cincinnati had purchased a majority stake in the team from McNamara with an option to buy the remainder of the franchise at a later date. On January 27, 2012, it was announced thatHC Cincinnati had exercised its option to purchase McNamara’s remaining interest in the club.

Cincinnati Dragons- MiLB

The Cincinnati Dragons are a Minor League Baseball team in the city of Cincinnati, Ohio. The team is the Class A affiliate of the Major League Baseball team the Cincinnati Reds. The Dragons play their home games at Great American Ball Park, which is also the home of the Reds. The Dragons were formerly known as the Dayton Dragons, and were based in Dayton, Ohio.

Collegiate Teams

The University of Cincinnati Bearcats compete in the American Athletic Conference for most sports. The Bearcats have had recent success in football, basketball, and baseball. The other collegiate teams in Cincinnati are Xavier University Musketeers and the Cincinnati Reds.

University of Cincinnati- NCAA

The University of Cincinnati (UC) is a public research university in Cincinnati, Ohio. Founded in 1819 as Cincinnati College, it is the oldest institution of higher education in Cincinnati and has an annual enrollment of over 44,000 students, making it the second largest university in Ohio. It is part of the University System of Ohio.

The University of Cincinnati offers many different sports teams for both men and women. The school’s athletic teams are members of the American Athletic Conference (AAC). Some of the most popular teams include football, basketball, and baseball.

Xavier University- NCAA

Xavier University is a private Jesuit university in Cincinnati, Ohio, founded in 1831 as a men’s college. It is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the United States and one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Xavier has an undergraduate enrollment of 4,485 students and graduate enrollment of 2,165. Its main campus is in Hamilton County in the village of Evanston, 10 miles (16 km) north of downtown Cincinnati.

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