Sports Teams and Stadiums in Baltimore

If you’re looking for sports excitement in Baltimore you’ll find a lot to cheer for in this popular sporting city. Use the guide below to learn more about the athletic environment of Baltimore Maryland.

Baltimore Orioles

Debatably the most famous sports team to come out of Baltimore, the Baltimore Orioles are a storied baseball team that actually has its roots buried in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Originally the Milwaukee Brewers were established as a major league club in 1901, by 1902 they decided to change their location and moved to St. Louis and became the St. Louis Browns. This time they stayed a bit longer, but by 1954 they were again ready to move and found their home this time in Baltimore Maryland. This time the team assumed the name the Baltimore Orioles, which had been used previously for other local baseball clubs. The Orioles can lay claim to three World Series Championships in 1966, 1970, and 1983. The Orioles also produced several noted ballplayers which include Reggie Jackson, Jim Palmer, Frank Robinson and perhaps most notably, Cal Ripken, Jr.

Originally the Baltimore Orioles, in their 1954 concoction, used Memorial Stadium for their games. This was a happy union for the two noted sports names for many years, but in 1992 the new Oriole Park at Camden Yards became the official home of the Baltimore Orioles.

Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens are another very notable team that comes from Baltimore Maryland. The Ravens are a fairly new team, having joined the National Football League in 1996 but immediately establishing themselves as a presence by winning the Super Bowl in 2000 and two division championships in 2003 and 2006. In their short history the Ravens have produced some well-known and successful players such as Vinny Testaverde, Ben Coates, Trent Dilfer, Deion Sanders, and Steve McNair.

In the beginning the Ravens shared Memorial Stadium with the Orioles and other local teams and the stadium, which had been known as the home to the previous incarnation, the Baltimore Colts. But by 1998 the Ravens had their own stadium with the Ravens Stadium at Camden Yards, but the name didn’t last long as M&T Bank acquired the naming rights in 2003 and the stadium was renamed the M&T Bank Stadium.

Baltimore Blast

If you’re a soccer fan then you’ve not doubt heard of the Baltimore Blast, but the name is a bit confusing. Initially the Baltimore Blast was a team that played in the first Major Indoor Soccer League. After having won the league championship in 1984 the team would not get a chance to repeat that performance as the Major Indoor Soccer League folded in 1992. A reincarnation of sorts happened in the summer of 1992 when Bill Stealey created the Baltimore Spirit soccer team and joined the National Professional Soccer League. In 1998 the Baltimore Spirit team was sold and renamed the Baltimore Blast and by 2001 it has rejoined a newly formed Major Indoor Soccer League. But this version of the Major Indoor Soccer League wasn’t meant to last either, in 2008 it once again folded and the Baltimore Blast is expected to join the new National Indoor Soccer League. Whew. After all that, if you’re still interested in seeing some professional indoor soccer, the Baltimore Blast plays its home games at 1st Mariner Arena.

Crystal Palace FC USA/Crystal Palace Baltimore/USA Eagles

Want more soccer? In 2006 the Crystal Palace FC USA, or more commonly known as the Crystal Palace Baltimore and sometimes known as the USA Eagles, was formed and became a member of the USL Second Division. Fairly new, this American professional soccer team seems to be learning from its mistakes and growing in skill and popularity. Currently this soccer team can be seen playing in the UMBC Stadium. In addition to serving as the team’s home field, UMBC Stadium also serves as the campus stadium for UMBC in Catonsville, Maryland and hosting many collegiate sporting events.

Baltimore Mariners

The Baltimore Mariners are an indoor football team with a rather interesting birth. Originally the Baltimore Blackbirds were Baltimore’s indoor football team, but the American Indoor Football Association expelled the Blackbirds for negotiating with another league. Since the American Indoor Football Association still held lease rights to 1st Mariner Arena so the Baltimore Mariners were formed as a replacement for the Blackbirds.

Baltimore Burn

Even more football fun can be had with the Baltimore Burn, a women’s American football team in the Women’s Football Alliance. Having started in 2001, the team was initially an expansion team but quickly established themselves as a force to be reckoned with. To catch a women’s football game visit Mergenthaler Vocational Tech High School for home pairings.

Baltimore Nighthawks

You can hardly mention the Baltimore Burn without bringing up the Baltimore Nighthawks, a football team in the Independent Women’s Football League. These teams often mix it up so you may be lucky enough to catch a game with both of Baltimore’s women’s football teams. If it’s just the Nighthawks you’re looking for, they can be found playing in Brooklandville at Martin D. Tullai Field.

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Charm City Roller Girls skate at the Clarence Du Burns Arena

Charm City Roller Girls

For an unusual and unexpected night of sporting fun, try the Charm City Roller Girls, Baltimore’s only all girl roller derby league. In 2005 the Charm City Roller Girls started as just a few gals getting together at the roller rink two days a week, but quickly blossomed into an organized league with more than 890 women athletes. If you remember the roller derbies of the 1970’s you’ll be shocked to see that the sport is much different now. Less bloody and brutal that it was in the past, current roller derbies are very exciting and full of theatrical charm. Definitely an interesting way to spend an evening. When competing at home, the Charm City Roller Girls can be found at the Clarence “Du” Burns Arena.

In addition to having professional baseball and football teams, Baltimore is just chock full of exciting sporting opportunities for people looking to become involved in an athletic venture or for those who just wish to sit in on the excitement and enjoy a good game.

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