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From spectator sports to getting involved on the field, Columbus has opportunities for sports fans.

Spectator Sports

If you’re looking for a team to cheer on, you’ll find professional and collegiate games and matches all year long. 

MLS Columbus Crew SC

The Columbus Crew SC has emerged as a force in Major League Soccer, making it one of Central Ohio's most popular sports attractions. The team plays in the United States’ first soccer-specific MAPFRE Stadium March through October. There is no better place to be than a tailgate with die-hard fans in the parking lot before a game. 

NHL Columbus Blue Jackets

The only National Hockey League franchise in Ohio, the Columbus Blue Jackets play at Nationwide Arena, located in the heart of the Arena District. The Blue Jackets play in the NHL’s Eastern Conference and host games at Nationwide Arena from mid-September through mid-April.

MiLB Triple-A Columbus Clippers

If you want to see the baseball stars of tomorrow, check out the Columbus Clippers, Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The Clippers play at Huntington Park, named the best ballpark in America, in the Arena District. Take advantage of their many promotions throughout the season, including fan favorite Monday Dime-a-Dog nights. The season runs from April to September and includes day and night games throughout the season.

Ohio State Buckeyes

The Ohio State Buckeyes football team competes as part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, representing the Ohio State in the East Division of the Big Ten Conference. Ohio State has played their home games at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio since 1922. The Buckeyes are recognized by the university and NCAA as having won eight national championships along with 40 conference championships (including 38 Big Ten titles), eight division championships, 10 undefeated seasons, and six perfect seasons (no losses or ties).

Memorial Tournament

The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide is held annually at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. The Tournament, founded and hosted by Jack Nicklaus, is conducted each year with three goals in mind: to honor the memory of individuals living and deceased who have distinguished themselves in the game of golf, to showcase the world's best golfers competing on one of the most challenging venues in the world for the enjoyment of spectators and to benefit many Greater Columbus Charities in alliance with the Nicklaus Children's Healthcare FoundationNationwide Children's Hospital and numerous other local organizations.

On the Field

If you're ready to head from the stands to the field, there are many opportunities around Columbus for you to play ball.

Ohio State Rec Sports

Student Life Recreational Sports offers members of The Ohio State University community an extraordinary experience to live active and meaningful lives while on-campus. Programs and services range from group fitnessaquaticsadventure trips, climbing, drop-in fitness and recreation, intramural sports, sport clubspersonal training, disc golf and many other activities. Recreational Sports is enhanced by its award winning indoor and outdoor facilities, including five indoor locations and spacious parks and outdoor space.

Columbus Recreation and Parks

The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department provides parks, programs and services to the citizens of Columbus that help to improve physical and mental health, develop youth, focus on the environment and make a positive economic impact on the city. They offer athletics programs for the whole family.

Columbus Commons

Set within the scenic Downtown skyline, Columbus Commons is more than just a six-acre park. It is a gathering space for Central Ohio, a back yard for Downtown residents and an attraction for people of all ages. With over 200 free events each year, there is something for everyone.


Founded in 2008, Pelotonia was established with the objective to fund life-saving cancer research. Pelotonia is a three-day experience that includes a weekend of cycling, entertainment, and volunteerism. Through its first eleven rides, Pelotonia raised more than $207 million for cancer research.


If you are looking to be and live well, Columbus is the place to be. The city has hundreds of acres of green space located conveniently throughout and there are many opportunities to hop off the pavement and onto a trail. Learn more