Northern Virginia Scores Big with Sports Teams
While Virginia might be notable as one of the few states in the country without at least one professional sports team, it makes up for it with a slew of college teams. Of course, the area’s surrounding northern Virginia (DC and Maryland, for instance) have professional teams that most northern Virginians love to support.
Maryland has quite a few pro teams, including the Baltimore Ravens (football), and the Orioles (baseball). Washington D.C. has even more – the Washington Capitals are the pro hockey team, and the Washington Wizards are basketball. The Washington Nationals play pro baseball, and D.C. United is the area’s soccer team. Other pro teams in the D.C. area include the Mystics, the Redskins and the Washington Kastles.
The Ravens finished 2014 with 10 wins and 6 losses, while the Orioles started 2015’s spring training with 9 wins and 14 losses.
Of these pro teams, several of them actually have their practice areas in northern Virginia. These include the Washington Redskins, Washington Nationals, and the Washington Capitals.
The Redskins finished the 2014 season with 4 wins and 12 losses. The Nationals started spring training off with 9 wins and 10 losses. For the Capitals, 39 wins and 24 losses.
Virginians take their college sports pretty seriously, and there are quite a few teams throughout the state. These include the Liberty Flames, Radford Highlanders, Richmond Spiders, Shenandoah Hornets, Virginia Cavaliers, and the Virginia Tech Hokies.
The Liberty Flames: The Flames are part of Liberty University (the school actually has a complete NCAA Division I program with 20 teams). The Flames play in Williams Stadium.
The Radford Highlanders: The Highlanders play basketball, baseball, soccer and quite a few other sports. They play at the Patrick D. Cupp Memorial Stadium.
The Richmond Spiders: From football to baseball, basketball and more, you’ll find the Spiders name. The University of Richmond teams play at the Robins Center.
The Shenandoah Hornets: The Hornets play for Shenandoah University, and like other schools in Virginia run the gamut from baseball to basketball, soccer and softball. They play at Shentel Stadium.
Virginia Cavaliers: Representing the city of Charlottesville, the Virginia Cavaliers have a presence in most college sports. The team plays at John Paul Jones Arena.
Virginia Tech Hokies: The Hokies represent Virginia Tech in a wide range of college sports, and play at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field.
Minor League Teams
College sports are big here, but you’ll find that minor league teams are also popular. They run the gamut from the Lynchburg Hillcats to the Potomac Cannons, the Norfolk Tides, Richmond Braves, Richmond Kickers, Richmond Renegades, Richmond Roosters, Roanoke Express and the Salem Avalanche.
While Virginia might lack a pro team of its own, the wide range of minor league and college teams, not to mention the high school sports teams, certainly gives residents something to cheer for. And considering the number of Virginia residents that support teams out of D.C. and Maryland, it’s safe to say they’re not hurting for sports.