Sports of All Sorts in Ohio's Largest Playground
Blog by Scott Hutchinson
Traveling with a group of baseball buffs, football fanatics or sports-crazed company of any kind? Don’t miss out on the fan-approved fun you’ll find in and around Ohio’s Largest Playground®!
Tourneys Worth the Trip
Held each August at Warren County’s very own Lindner Family Tennis Center, the Western & Southern Open is America's oldest professional tennis tournament still played in its original city, and one of the most prestigious tennis events in the world. Just one stop ahead of New York’s U.S. Open on the annual professional circuit, this Warren County wonder routinely brings guests face-to-face with Roger Federer, Serena Williams and all of the biggest, brightest stars in the game, earning it a reputation as one of the sport’s most fan-friendly spectacles.
Numerous other professional events, including The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour and several LPGA golf tournaments have also made regular stops in Ohio’s Largest Playground®, bringing fans up-close and personal with elite talent, including numerous Olympians from across the globe.
Just south of Warren County along the banks of the Ohio River, the Cincinnati Reds treat baseball fans of all ages to on-field action at beautiful Great American Ballpark, and grant hardball historians a glimpse at baseball’s glory days at the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum. Just a short drive north of Ohio’s Largest Playground, baseball’s future is also on display. The Dayton Dragons - a Class-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds - proudly stake claim to one of the nation’s most passionate minor league fan bases.
Soccer and Hockey in Southwest Ohio
One of the newest teams on the Southwest Ohio sports scene, FC Cincinnati routinely draws thousands of screaming soccer fans to Downtown Cincinnati, while the Dayton Dynamo hold down the soccer fan base to the north. The Cincinnati Cyclones of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) - an affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres - excite fans with hard-hitting hockey and family fun at Downtown Cincinnati’s U.S. Bank Arena.
Journey to The Jungle
Home to tiger-striped tailgates, ‘Who-Dey?’ chants, and - of course - Cincinnati Bengals football, Downtown Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium is an absolute hot spot for sports fans, and just a short drive south for Warren County vacationers. Whether it’s a grown-up getaway with the guys or gals, or a Sunday afternoon family outing, it’s tough to top the excitement of Bengals football in The Jungle.
In addition to its incredible array of bars, restaurants and gaming machines, Lebanon’s Miami Valley Gaming is also home to a 5/8-mile harness racing track which treats grown-up guests to live events select dates throughout the year. Meanwhile, fans looking for more four-legged fun can take in a live rodeo event at Fox Hollow in Waynesville!
Get in the Game
Are you an athlete or coach in your own right? Check out all of the youth, amateur, and collegiate events Warren County Sports brings to Ohio’s Largest Playground®, and stay tuned for updates on the upcoming Warren County Sports Park at Union Village!