Columbus is a sports city. It's been home to professional teams in several leagues and college programs at all three NCAA divisions. Additionally, Ohio's capital city has hosted hundreds of events spanning dozens of sports. From the big ones like hockey, baseball, soccer, college football, and basketball to Olympic sports to growing sports like pickleball and lacrosse. Here's a short history of several sports with a long history in Columbus.


Columbus is hooked on hoops. The city has hosted NCAA Women's Championships in all divisions and several Men's March Madness First & Second rounds,


Home to the Columbus Fury and dozens of national tournaments including the 2021 NCAA DI Women's Volleyball Championship.


Jack Nicklaus was born here. The Memorial Tournament, in Dublin, is a top stop on the PGA Tour. Three local courses made GOLF's top 100 list in 2022.


"The spiritual home of the USMNT." The city that saved the Crew. Home of the first soccer-specific stadium in the U.S. Columbus is a soccer city.


Pro ball was first played here in 1877 and the Clippers have called Columbus home since 1977. Huntington Park is a top minor league ballpark.

Running / Track & Field

The Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon has been held annually since 1980 and the Cap City Half-Marathon is celebrating just hit two decades in 2023.


The Ohio State Buckeyes reign supreme, but football’s history runs much deeper here. Did you know the first NFL game was played in Columbus?


Home to the Blue Jackets and two-time NCAA Women's Hockey champion Buckeyes, Columbus loves hockey.


Columbus has hundreds of courts and a few permanent indoor locations. The Major League Pickleball championship was here in 2022.


Columbus has been home to pro lacrosse events & teams, HS state championships and NCAA Quarterfinals.


Berliner Sports Park is the largest ball diamond complex in the country with 31 fields. Columbus is the only three-time host of the NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series.

Figure Skating

More than 60,000 fans attended the 2024 U.S. Figure Skating Championships here. Skating's history dates back to the 1960s in Cbus.