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From ultra-modern stadiums to historic fields which trace the evolution of today’s sports, you’ll find an interesting list of sports venues in Ohio. Perhaps the most famous is Ohio Stadium, home to the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus. Built in 1922, the stadium today can host an astounding 104,944 fans. One of the more modern facilities is FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, which can seat 73,200 and is home to the NFL’s Browns. The Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati lives up to its name – it’s modern yet classic and can seat more than 42,000 fans who show up for Reds games.
Ohio also has plenty of storied fields which are some of the most historic in the nation. Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati is the oldest – it’s home to the Cincinnati Bearcats and FC Cincinnati and originally opened in 1915. The Taft Coliseum in Columbus opened in 1918 while Peden Stadium in Athens opened in 1929 and is home to the Bobcats. The Rubber Bowl in Akron is about as historic as they get – it opened in 1940. Head to the Glass Bowl in Toledo to see the traditional stone towers which once housed the University of Toledo football team.
Home of the world famous "Dawg Pound," FirstEnergy Stadium is a major Cleveland attraction set on 31 acres, and the raucous home field advantage to the Cleveland Browns of the NFL.
Neighboring the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the stadium seats over 70,000 football fans ever since it opened in 1999.
A fixture of the Cleveland metropolitan area's Lakefront District, Cleveland Browns Stadium features not only football, but major concerts, stadium tours, and lounge areas like BrownsTown and The Grille.
Before you leave, be sure to check out the Cleveland Browns Team Shop.
Home to the MLB’s Cincinnati Reds, the Great American Ball Park is a fixture of the Cincinnati metropolitan area and southern Ohio.
Set downtown along the Ohio River, this ballpark is a newer addition to Major League Baseball’s home ballparks – first opening for the 2003 season.
Fans from Cincinnati, Mount Orab, Oxford, and as far as Englewood flock to Reds Country each summer to catch the Reds take on NL Central foes.
Other must-sees at the ballpark include the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum and the Reds Team Shop.
Completed in 2009, InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field is home to the University of Akron Zips football team. Located on the UK campus, the stadium plays host to seven Mid-Atlanctic Conference match-ups each fall, giving the 30,000 in attendence plenty to cheer for.
Students, alumni, and Akron visitors attending the game during a special occasion can watch the action from a premium club seat in the FirstMerit Foundation Club Level or in one of the 16 private suites. The stadium was built to replace the Rubber Bowl – the former home to the Zips football team.
The perfect pit stop for soccer fans, Mapfre Stadium is home to Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew SC – a pride of Columbus and central Ohio.
Seating more than 20,000 soccer fans, the Mapfre Stadium is known as the first soccer specific stadium in the country.
First opened in 1999, the stadium encompasses a 115 by 75-yard field – a perfect spot for not only soccer, but also concerts and the Ohio State Fair.
Other big-named events held at Mapfre include the Major League Soccre All-Star Game and the annual Rock on the Range concert.
Home to NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals, Paul Brown Stadium was first opened in 2000 as a major attraction of the Cincinnati metropolitan area.
The stadium sees most of its action during the fall, when the Bengals take on AFC North foes like the Pittsburgh Steelers and in-state rivals, the Cleveland Browns.
Also known as “The Jungle,” Paul Brown Stadium seats more than 65,000 residents and visitors of Cincinnati, Englewood, Mount Orab, or Oxford, whom flock to the stadium every Sunday.
On Saturdays, however, Paul Brown Stadium serves as the raucous home field advantage of the University of Cincinnati Bearcats of the NCAA.
Seating roughly 21,000 people, Nationwide Arena is a multi-purpose venue located in downtown Columbus, Ohio.
Owned by the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority and operated by Columbus Arena Management, the facility primarily serves as the home ice of the NHL Columbus Blue Jackets.
Apart from NHL games, the arena hosts youth hockey games and open skating sessions in its smaller ice rink, the OhioHealth IceHaus.
The facility’s ample seating makes it the go-to venue for big-name concerts. Past headliners have included Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, and Elton John.
Voted America's Best Ballpark in 2008, Progressive Field has been home to Major League Baseball's Cleveland Indians every summer since 1994.
Located in northeast Ohio, the ball park is part of the Gateway Sports and Entertainment District in downtown Cleveland.
The ball park houses many different amenities such as the Terrace Club – a multilevel, glass enclosed restaurant.
The park was designed by Osborn Engineering, the same group that designed world-famous Old Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park.
Open since 1994, Quicken Loans Arena serves as the raucous home court advantage to the National Basketball Association's Cleveland Cavaliers. Located in northeast Ohio in the city of Cleveland, "the Q", holds just over 20,000 rabid NBA fans on game day during basketball season.
The Arena has hosted a vast number of non-basketball events as well. Large concerts featuring acts such as Billy Joel and Rush are hosted at the arena, while the American Hockey League's Lake Erie Monsters also call the arena home during the AHL season.
Built in 1936 by the Works Progress Administration, the Glass Bowl is the home field to the University of Toledo Rockets football team.
The stadium, originally known as University Stadium, seats over 26,000 fans on game day.
A staple of the communities around Toledo, fans frequently flock to the Glass Bowl to catch the Rockets take on Mid-American Conference foes, like Bowling Green and Navy.
Showcasing its versatility, the stadium is also used for commencement ceremonies, concerts, and other large northwest Ohio events.