If your passion for sports runs traditional or to the extreme, or whether you like watching the pros or prefer youth leagues and clubs, Maryland’s sporting landscape runs the gamut. Here are just 10 of the reasons sports in Maryland are must-see events.
1 Annapolis is the Sailing Capital of the World
The wish for big wind is often granted at Annapolis’ Chesapeake Bay Fall Brawl where J Boats race in spectacular rows, hitting crazy speeds as master sailors push their crafts to the bleeding edge.
2 Maryland is the Home of Lacrosse—The Fastest Growing Sport
The “fastest game on two feet” is kind of a big deal in Maryland. Not only is Lax the official Maryland team sport, we’ve played host to 17 NCAA Division 1 Lacrosse Championships and are home to college lacrosse powerhouses Johns Hopkins, Navy, Loyola and the University of Maryland to name just a few. Baltimore is home to the US Lacrosse national headquarters, The Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame and the Maryland Sports Legends Museum with great lacrosse exhibits. Plus the Lacrosse apparel and equipment chain, Cockeysville’s Lax World, isn’t far from there (great excuse for picking up some new gear after hitting the museums).
3 Maryland Has Awesome Regional Facilities For Loads of Sports
No matter what region of Maryland you travel to, you’ll have a great sports facility to visit to see amazing events. You’ll jump every time the puck hits the glass when you take in an ice hockey game at the Capital Clubhouse in Waldorf. The Adventure Sports Center International in McHenry operates the world’s only mountaintop whitewater course, and was home to the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships. In Annapolis, the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium hosts Navy football games and the Major League Lacrosse team Chesapeake Bayhawks. In Ocean City, the Roland E. Powell Convention Center is home to cheerleading competitions. And Maryland is home to six, unique minor league stadiums, perfect for catching the next batch of big league stars.
4 Oriole Park at Camden Yards is the Best Ballpark Anywhere
Just take that first step through the Eutah Street gates into Oriole Park at Camden Yards and you’ll see why “The Yard” revolutionized baseball stadium design. From the historic B&O Railroad warehouse in the outfield to the pristine bluegrass field built over the streets where Babe Ruth once played, there’s just nothing like a day at The Yard; don’t miss Boog’s BBQ!
More about Oriole Park at Camden Yards
333 W Camden St
Baltimore, MD 21201
5 Maryland is Home to Extreme Sports …
With mountain bike races and NASTAR skiing action at Deep Creek and Wisp Resort, white water kayaking on the Youghiogheny or at Adventure Sports Center International in McHenry, hardcore moto-cross racing at Budds Creek in Southern Leonardtown, and even jet-skiing or water-jetpacking in O.C., there's plenty here for the extreme sports fan.
6 Not to Mention Elite College Basketball
Crowds gather for the chance to see the University of Maryland Terrapins’ elite men’s and women's basketball teams play at the XFINITY Center in Prince George's County. Banners commemorating the 2002 and 2004 men's national championships and 2006 and 2009 women's national championships hang high above the hardwood, setting the stage for a winning night.
7 There’s No Better Place to Go Running Wild
It seems like everyone in Maryland runs, and running clubs are springing up everywhere from the Kent Island Running Group in Queen Anne’s County to the Westminster Road Runners Club in Carroll County. These clubs track upcoming races and personal best times, and, of course, host after-race parties that will keep you running back for more.
8 National Fencing Champions
That’s right—a Maryland program has claims to the top fencing spot in the country, although the Rockville Fencing Academy is just one of the many athletic programs in the state teaching adults and kids the art of fencing. As the 2014 National Fencing Champions, the academy combines athletic technique with the fast-paced mental challenge of using a sword. Fencers range from recreational to Olympic levels. Catch one match and you’ll get the point….
9 We’re Home to Stars in Many Major Sports
Two NFL teams. One MLB team (with a second an easy ferry ride from National Harbor). Six (six!) minor league baseball teams. The most decorated Olympian of all time (Michael Phelps). Nine NCAA Division I college teams. The second leg of the Triple Crown. What do all of these have in common? If you haven’t guessed, Maryland is home to all of these and much, much more, making it a veritable heavyweight in the arena of sporting star power.
10 Maryland Hosts “The Other” World Series
See the best of the best 12-year-old baseball in the world at the annual Cal Ripken World Series held each August at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. The 2014 championship featured 10 U.S. teams facing off against top teams from countries spanning the globe, including Australia, Japan, Korea, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Canada.
More about Ripken Stadium
873 Long Drive
Aberdeen, MD 21001