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Cleveland's professional sports teams include the Cleveland Indians (Major League Baseball), Cleveland Browns (National Football League), Cleveland Cavaliers (National Basketball Association), Cleveland Monsters (American Hockey League), and the Cleveland Gladiators (Arena Football League). Local sporting facilities include Progressive Field, FirstEnergy Stadium, Quicken Loans Arena and the Wolstein Center.

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Cleveland Cavaliers pregame festivities at Quicken Loans Arena

Historically, the city's failure to win a trophy in any major professional sport from 1964-2016 earned a reputation of being a cursed sports city, which ESPN validated by proclaiming Cleveland as its "most tortured sports city" in 2004. In addition, changes in the Cleveland sports landscape have led to further heartbreak and resentment among local fans, the most notable instances being Art Modell's relocation of the Browns to Baltimore after the 1995 season (that franchise became the Ravens, with the current Browns team starting play in 1999), and Akron native LeBron James' decision to leave the Cavaliers in 2010 for the Miami Heat. (James later returned to the Cavaliers in 2014.) The curse is seen as having ended in June 2016, when the Cavaliers won the NBA Championship against the defending champion Golden State Warriors. Shortly before the Cavaliers' victory, the Monsters also defeated the Hershey Bears to become AHL champions, the first time a Cleveland hockey team had won the Calder Cup since 1964.

The Indians last reached the World Series in 2016, and have not won the series since 1948. Between 1995 and 2001, Progressive Field (then known as Jacobs Field) sold out 455 consecutive games, a Major League Baseball record until it was broken in 2008.

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Cleveland Browns games attract large crowds to FirstEnergy Stadium.

Notable Cleveland athletes to win top individual accolades include boxer Johnny Kilbane, U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame inductees Jesse Owens and Harrison Dillard, and mixed martial artist Stipe Miocic. Kilbane had a 12-year reign as World Featherweight Champion and is an International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee. Owens, who grew up in Cleveland after moving from Alabama when he was nine, participated in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, where he achieved international fame by winning four gold medals: one each in the 100 meters, the 200 meters, the long jump, and as part of the 4 x 100 meter relay team. Cleveland native Dillard is another four-time Olympic gold medalist, having won his medals during the 1948 and 1952 Summer Olympics in various track and field events. In 2016, Cleveland State University alum and area native Miocic won the UFC World Heavyweight Championship at UFC 198 with a first round knockout.

Cleveland facilities have hosted the Major League Baseball All-Star Game five times, the NBA All-Star Game twice, and the United States Figure Skating Championships four times. The city hosted the Gravity Games, an extreme sports series, from 2002 to 2004, and the Dew Action Sports Tour Right Guard Open in 2007. In 2013 the city hosted about 11,000 male and female athletes at the National Senior Games. Cleveland hosted the 2014 Gay Games.

Major Events

Event Number Venue Years
MLB All Star Game 5 Cleveland Municipal Stadium
Progressive Field (then Jacobs Field)
1935, 1954, 1963, 1981
NBA All Star Game 1 Quicken Loans Arena (then Gund Arena) 1997
International Gay Games 1 Quicken Loans Arena, multiple venues 2014
Ultimate Fighting Championship 1 Quicken Loans Arena 2016 (UFC 203)




Club Sport League Venue Est. in CLE Championships
Cleveland Browns Football National Football League FirstEnergy Stadium 1946 8
(4 AAFC, 4 NFL)
Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball National Basketball Association Quicken Loans Arena 1970 1
Cleveland Indians Baseball Major League Baseball Progressive Field 1900 2
Cleveland Monsters Ice Hockey American Hockey League Quicken Loans Arena 2007 1
Cleveland Gladiators Arena Football Arena Football League Quicken Loans Arena 2008 0


Club League Venue First season
(in Cleveland)
Last season
(in Cleveland)
Fate of team Championships
(in Cleveland)
Cleveland Barons National Hockey League Richfield Coliseum 1976 1978 Merged with Minnesota North Stars 0
Cleveland Blues National League Kennard Street Park 1879 1884 Absorbed into the Brooklyn Dodgers 0
Cleveland Indians/Bulldogs National Football League Dunn Field 1923 1927 Moved to Detroit 1
Cleveland Rams American Football League
National Football League
League Park
Cleveland Municipal Stadium
Shaw Stadium
1936 1945 Moved to Los Angeles 1
Cleveland Indians/Tigers Ohio League
American Professional Football Association
National Football League
League Park 1916 1922 Team folded 0
Cleveland Indians of 1931 National Football League Cleveland Municipal Stadium 1931 1931 Team folded 0
Cleveland Spiders American Association
National League
League Park
National League Park
1887 1899 Team folded 0
Cleveland Rosenblums American Basketball League Cleveland Public Hall 1925 1931 Team folded 3
Cleveland Barons American Hockey League Cleveland Arena 1937 1973 Moved to Jacksonville 9
Cleveland Rebels Basketball Association of America Cleveland Arena 1946 1947 Team folded 0
Cleveland Pipers American Basketball League Cleveland Public Hall
Cleveland Arena
1961 1962 Team folded 1
Cleveland Crusaders World Hockey Association Cleveland Arena
Richfield Coliseum
1972 1976 Moved to Saint Paul 0
Cleveland Force Major Indoor Soccer League Richfield Coliseum 1978 1988 Team folded 0
Cleveland Crunch/Force Major Soccer League
National Professional Soccer League
Major Indoor Soccer League
Richfield Coliseum
Wolstein Center
1989 2005 Team folded 3
Cleveland Thunderbolts Arena Football League Richfield Coliseum 1992 1994 Team folded 0
Cleveland Lumberjacks International Hockey League Richfield Coliseum
Gund Arena
1992 2001 Team folded 0
Cleveland Rockers Women's National Basketball Association Gund Arena 1997 2003 Team folded 0
Cleveland Barons American Hockey League Gund Arena 2001 2006 Moved to Worcester 0
Cleveland Crush Legends Football League Quicken Loans Arena 2011 2013 Moved to Toledo 0


Club Sport League Venue Location
Cleveland State Vikings 16 Varsity (7 men's, 9 women's) NCAA Division I (Horizon League) various - including:
Krenzler Field (soccer)
Wolstein Center (men's and women's basketball)
Woodling Gym (wrestling and volleyball)
Case Western Reserve Spartans 19 Varsity (10 men's, 9 women's) NCAA Division III (University Athletic Association) various - including:
DiSanto Field (football, soccer)
Veale Athletic Center (men's and women's basketball)

Current venues

Facility name Year opened
FirstEnergy Stadium 1999
Progressive Field 1994
Quicken Loans Arena 1994
Wolstein Center 1991
DiSanto Field 2005


Championship Champion Number Years
World Series Indians 2 1920, 1948
AAFC Championship Browns 4 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949
NFL Championship Bulldogs
1950, 1954, 1955, 1964
Calder Cup Barons
1939, 1941, 1945, 1948, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1964
NBA Championship Cavaliers 1 2016
Boldface for reigning champions

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