Sports Teams and Stadiums in Cleveland

Cleveland is known for its sports teams but for perhaps the wrong reasons, their losing streaks. In fact between their football team, basketball team and baseball team the last title was earned in 1964 when the Cleveland Browns defeated the Baltimore Colts. Since then Cleveland sports fans have been poised at the edge of their seats waiting for a victory.

Cleveland Browns / Cleveland Browns Stadium

The Cleveland Browns got their start in 1946 as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference. The AAFC soon folded and in 1960 the Browns joined the NFL. While the Browns were with the AAFC and the NFL they were quite successful, winning four championships in each league. But in 1970 the NFL and AFL merger changed things and the Browns joined with the American Football Conference and have not won a championship since, despite having three shots at this target. In fact, Cleveland has yet to qualify for the Super Bowl and has not hosted a Super Bowl, making it the only NFL city to have done neither.

The Cleveland Browns Stadium is situated on Lake Erie and can hold more than 73,200 people. The stadium is designed specifically for the Cleveland Browns football team, but the field was built big enough that they can also host international soccer matches. The stadium also hosts numerous sporting events and music events. Unlike many major sports stadiums, the city chose not to sell the naming rights but instead they sold the naming rights to the four entrances.

Cleveland Cavaliers / The Quicken Loans Arena

The Cleveland Cavaliers, called the Cavs by locals and fans, got their start in 1970 as an expansion team. In 2007 they won an Eastern Conference Championship but still have never won an NBA Championship. The team has been increasingly improving and many people cite LeBron James as the reason for the team’s successes. But some of the glory has to go to head coach, Mike Brown, who has received the NBA Coach of the Year honors in addition to leading the team to a 39-2 home record for the 2008-2009 season, one win short of the best all time home record.

The Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland is called The Q and serves as a multipurpose arena in addition to providing the Cavaliers a home base. The Q also houses the Lake Erie Monsters, the Cleveland Gladiators, other teams no longer in competition and it serves as a location for music concerts and wrestling competitions.

Cleveland Indians / Progressive Field

The Cleveland Indians are in the Central Division of Major League Baseball’s American League. The team has been in existence since 1901 and have won two World Series championships in 1920 and 1948. Although the team initially was not known as the Indians they adopted the name after the 1914 season by a media decision. Prior to 1914 the team was known as the Lake Shores, the Cleveland Blues, and several other nicknames. In 2007 the team saw some bright spots as the division champions but eventually lost their bid for the 2007 World Series. The 2008 season was not that impressive and found them winding down with a 81-81 record at the end of the year.

Progressive Field and the Quicken Loans Arena form the Gateway Sports and Entertainment Complex in Cleveland, Ohio. The ballpark was originally known as Jacobs Field and still holds the nickname The Jake, it was officially dubbed Progressive Field in 2008. Between June 12, 1995 and April 4, 2001 the park set a record by selling out 455 straight games which prompted the team to retire the number 455. But this record was surpassed by Fenway Park on September 9, 2008 when they hit 456 straight sellouts.

Cleveland Gladiators / The Quicken Loans Arena

The Cleveland Gladiators are an indoor Arena Football League who moved to the Cleveland area in 2008. Unfortunately their 2009 season has been cancelled but they are pretty firm in stating that they will be resuming play again in 2010. The team originally began as the New Jersey Red Dogs in 1997, then in 2001 they became the New Jersey Gladiators, immediately before the start of the 2003 season the team was moved to Las Vegas where it stayed until the latest move to Cleveland. When the Gladiators are playing they’ll play at The Quicken Loans Arena or The Q.

Lake Erie Monsters / The Quicken Loans Arena

The Lake Erie Monsters also call The Quicken Loans Arena, or The Q, their home. This ice hockey team is a member of the American Hockey League and only began playing in the 2007 to 2008 season. The team is the minor league affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche NHL team.

Cleveland City Stars / Middlefield Cheese Stadium at Bedford City Schools

The Cleveland City Stars are a professional soccer team which was founded in 2006 and plays in the USL First Division, which is the second tier of the American Soccer Pyramid. The shift to the first division is fairly recent as the team is still the USL-2 champion for the 2008 season.

The Cleveland City Stars plays at the Middlefield Cheese Stadium at Bedford City Schools which was previously known as Bearcat Stadium. The stadium resides in Bedford Ohio and is a multi-purpose stadium that seats about 5,000 spectators.

Although Cleveland has a history of losing teams this is really a misnomer as the teams are quite good, it’s just that none of them has been able to snag a championship title for several decades. Who knows, you may be in on the record breaking season as it’s bound to happen sooner or later.

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