Your guide to sports in Columbus, OH

From the OSU Buckeyes to the Columbus Clippers, we’re sharing all details of Columbus, Ohio’s sports teams.

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The Buckeyes sing Carmen Ohio after every game. | Photo by CBUStoday

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Whether you’re a sports fanatic or just look good in OSU scarlet — when it comes to sports, Columbus has no shortage of teams to support. As such, our city is home to some of the most loyal fans in the country — they’ve even gone so far as to win a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD.

Whether you’re already a devoted Columbus sports fan or you’re new to the area and interested in learning more about The Arch City’s teams, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about CBUS sports.

🏈 OSU Buckeyes football (NCAA) | Est. 1890

OSU’s football team is part of the Big Ten Conference. Ever wondered about their emblem? Local folklore says that the buckeye resembles the eye of the deer and that carrying one brings good luck. In 1967, the tradition of putting a white sticker decorated with a buckeye leaf on a player’s helmet after a big play or hard work on the field began.

Where they play: Ohio Stadium

  • Max. capacity: 102,780
  • Has also hosted musical acts from Luke Combs, Metallica, Taylor Swift, and Pink Floyd

Mascot: Brutus Buckeye

Team colors: Scarlet, gray, white, and black

Major accomplishments:

  • Won first National Championship in 1942
  • Won the first undisputed National Championship in 2014
  • Has won eight national titles, five division championships, and 39 conference titles
  • Experienced 10 undefeated seasons — most recently in 2012
  • Won first Big Ten championship in 1916

📅Sneak peek at the team’s upcoming season and Big Ten Media Day interviews.

🏀 OSU Buckeyes men’s basketball (NCAA) | Est. 1898

The OSU men’s basketball team is a member of the Big Ten Conference. The team has been coached by Chris Holtmann since 2017, who has led them to four NCAA tournaments.

Where they play: Value City Arena in the Jerome Schottenstein Center

  • Opened in 1998
  • Has the largest arena seating capacity in the Big Ten Conference with 19,049 seats

Mascot: Brutus Buckeye

Team colors: Scarlet, gray, white, and black

Major accomplishments:

  • Won a National Championship title in 1960
  • Has appeared in 27 NCAA tournaments

📅 Sneak peek at the team’s upcoming season.

Columbus Clippers (MiLB) | Est. 1977

Minor League Baseball has been present in Columbus since 1902. There have been multiple teams since the Clippers — named after the speedy merchant ships of the 19th century — were established in 1977. One of the Clippers’ long standing traditions is Tansky Tuesday Dime-A-Dog Night, when hotdogs are 10 cents each at Tuesday night home games.

Where they play: Huntington Park

  • 14,000 parking spaces within a 10 minute walk
  • Boasts a 110-foot bar on left field with six patios that overlook the field

Mascots: Lou Seal and Krash

  • Lou Seal often goes to community or charity events when the Clippers are at away games or during the winter months
  • Lou Seal’s co-mascot, a green parrot named Krash, was introduced in 2004

Team colors: Navy, light blue, gray, and white

  • Although their colors aren’t the same, the Clippers are the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians
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Major accomplishments:

  • Won two Triple-A National Championships
  • Won 12 division titles

📅 See the team’s schedule.

Columbus Crew (MLS) | Est. 1994

The Columbus Crew (formerly the Columbus Crew SC) were founded in 1994 as one of the original MLS teams that helped launch the US pro soccer league. The team is currently coached by former MLS player and Portland Timbers coach, Caleb Porter.

Where they play: Lower.com Field

  • Replaced the Historic Crew Stadium, where the Crew played from 1999-2021
  • 6,300 parking spaces within a 10-minute walk

Mascot: Crew Cat

Team colors: Black and gold

Major accomplishments:

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🏒 Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL) | Est. 1997

Columbus was selected with Atlanta, St. Paul, Minnesota and Nashville for NHL expansion in 1997. The Blue Jackets was selected as the team name among 14,000 entries in a nationwide “Name the Team” competition. The team’s name and colors pay “homage to Ohio’s contributions to American history,” especially during the Civil War. Columbus is part of the NHL’s Metropolitan Division in the Eastern Conference and is coached by Brad Larsen.

Where they play: Nationwide Arena

Mascot: Stinger

  • A 6-foot-9-inch lime green bug with red eyes
  • An alternate logo featuring Stinger was used on uniforms from 2000-2003

Team colors: Union blue, goal red, and capital silver

  • Union blue represents the color worn by the Union Army in the Civil War
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Major accomplishments:

  • First game was held on Oct. 7, 2000
  • One of seven teams to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2017, 2018, and 2019
  • The team’s best season was in 2016-2017 with a record of 50-24-9

📅 Sneak peek at the team’s upcoming season.

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