10 Reasons Why Maryland Sports Rule
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 and stop into the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Sports Legends Museum before the game.