Massachusetts Sports Teams

Family Friendly GraphicBoston is known as one of the most sports-minded cities in the United States. Boston and Eastern Massachusetts are home to New England’s only MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL, and NHL franchises. In addition, the region is home to a professional lacrosse and tennis team, as well as minor league baseball teams. There are also numerous colleges and universities that play sports at the NCAA’s highest levels (Division 1). If you like sports, Massachusetts is a great place to visit.

Professional Sports

College Sports

Other

Professional Sports Teams

The major professional sports teams in Massachusetts include:

Baseball

Boston Red Sox (MLB)

The Boston Red Sox were founded in 1901 as the Boston Americans in the new American League. They became the Red Sox in 1908.

“Up the road from ‘Third Base’ to Huntington
The boys will always sing and sway”
- From the Song Tessie by Dropkick Murphys

The Red Sox played their early games in the old Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds until moving into their current home, Fenway Park, a week after the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912. For the record, their first major league game at Fenway was played on April 20, 1912 against the New York Highlanders (later the Yankees). The Sox won the game 7 to 6 in 11 innings – and so the rivalry began…

The Red Sox played in the first World Series in 1903 as the Boston Americans defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 games to 3. After that they went on to win World Series titles in 1904, 1912, 1915, 1916, and 1918. Following the 1918 World Series title came the famed 86 year curse that some blamed on the team’s trading of Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. That course was finally broken when the Red Sox went on to win their sixth World Series in 2004. With their win in 2007 the Red Sox have 7 World Series victories, third most behind the Yankees and the Cardinals.

Picture of the Fenway Park Green Monster ScoreboardMany famous players have played for the Boston Red Sox such as Bobby Doerr (#1 retired in 1988), Joe Cronin (#4 retired in 1984), Johnny Pesky (#6 retired in 2008), Carl Yastrzemski (# 8 retired in 1989), Ted Williams (#9 retired in 1984), Jim Rice (#14 retired in 2009), and Carlton Fisk (# 27 retired in 2000).

The Boston Red Sox season goes from early April through late September or early October. Depending on how the Sox do, the season may extend into the fall with the playoffs.

The Red Sox make for a wonderful afternoon or evening for the whole family.

Boston Red Sox
4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA 02215
Phone Number: (617) 226-6000


Lowell Spinners (MiLB Short Season-A)

Picture of the Lowell Spinners at LeLacheur Park

The Lowell Spinners at LeLacheur Park

The Lowell Spinners are a Minor League Baseball team who play their home games in Lowell, Massachusetts. The Spinners have been the Short Season Single-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox since their 1996 season. They are in the Stedler Division of the New York-Pennsylvania League.

The Spinners began playing Minor League Baseball in 1996 when they moved to Lowell from Elmira, where they were the Elmira Pioneers. They played their first two seasons in Alumni Park, and moved to Edward LeLacheur Park in 1998. In 2008, the Spinners reached the playoffs for the first time by winning their division title, but they have never won the championship for the New York-Pennsylvania League.

The Lowell Spinners currently play their home games at Edward LeLacheur Park at 450 Aiken Street in Lowell, Massachusetts. This stadium seats a maximum of 4,797 people and, with standing room, has a capacity of up to 5,030 people.

The season is 76 games long (38 home, 38 road) and lasts from mid-June to early September.

Mailing Address and Stadium Address:
Edward LeLacheur Park
450 Aiken Street
Lowell, MA 01854
Main Office Phone: 978-459-2255
Ticket Office Phone: 978-459-1702


Basketball

Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics were founded in 1946 as one of the original teams in the Basketball Association of America (BAA). The Celtics became part of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1949 when the BAA merged with the National Basketball League (NBL) to form the NBA.

Picture of the Boston Celtics Championship Banners

Boston Celtics Championship Banners

The Celtics have been one of the NBA’s most successful franchises having won a record 17 NBA championships. In those 17 championships the Celtics set the NBA high water mark with 8 championships in a row from the 1958/59 season through the 1965/66 season. That also stands as the longest consecutive championship winning streak in North American professional sports history. During that period the Celtics were coached by the legendary Red Auerbach and featured great players such as Bill Russell and Bob Cousy.

Through their history the Celtics are known for other “firsts” including being the first team to field an all African American starting lineup in 1964, and the first team in the NBA to have a Black coach when Bill Russell took the helm as player/coach for the 1966/67 season.

Many famous players have played for the Celtics over the years. Checking the Celtics retired numbers gives a wonderful snapshot of the greats who have played for the team over the years including: 00 – Robert Parish, 3 – Dennis Johnson, 6 – Bill Russell, 10 – Jo Jo White, 14 – Bob Cousy, 15 – Tom Heinsohn, 16 – Satch Sanders, 17 – John Havlicek, 18 – Dave Cowens, LOSCY – Jim Loscutoff, 19 – Don Nelson, 21 – Bill Sharman, 22 – Ed Macauley, 23 – Frank Ramsey, 24 – Sam Jones, 25 – K. C. Jones, 31 – Cedric Maxwell, 32 – Kevin McHale, 33 – Larry Bird, and 35 – Reggie Lewis.

The Boston Celtics season runs from Early October to mid-April, and potentially beyond if they make the NBA playoffs – a frequent occurrence.

The Boston Celtics play their home games at the TD Garden at 100 Legends Way in Boston.

Boston Celtics
226 Causeway Street
Fourth Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 866-4CELTIX


Football

New England Patriots

Picture of the Patriots Super Bowl Banners at Gillette StadiumThe New England Patriots are an American Football team that plays in the National Football League (NFL). They are in the Eastern Division of the AFC, or American Football Conference.

They have been playing football since 1959 when the team was founded as the Boston Patriots as one of the original eight teams of the American Football League (AFL).

Up until the year 1970 the Patriots played their home games at Boston University Field, Harvard Stadium, Fenway Park and Boston College’s Alumni Stadium. In 1970 they moved to Foxborough, MA and also changed their name to the New England Patriots.

The team moved into their current stadium in Foxborough, Gillette Stadium, on  September 9, 2002, where they have played their home games ever since. Gillette Stadium has a seating capacity of 68,756 for NFL games. Gillette Stadium is slightly over 40 minutes south of Boston.

The Patriots have appeared in seven Super Bowls and have won three – Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII, and XXXIX.

The New England Patriots’ season is 16 games long spanning from early September to late December.

Mailing Address and Stadium Address:
Gillette Stadium
One Patriot Place
Foxborough, MA 02035-1388
Main Office Phone: 508-543-8200
Ticket Office Phone: 508-543-1776


Hockey

Boston Bruins

he Boston Bruins were founded in 1924 and were the First American team to join the National Hockey League (NHL), also in that same year. The Bruins play in the NHL’s Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference.

Picture of the Bruins Logo on the TD Garden Ice

Bruins Logo on the TD Garden Ice

The Bruins have won North America’s oldest championship trophy, the Stanley Cup, five times in their history, which is the second most Stanley Cup Championships by an American team.

The Boston Bruins season runs from October through early April. The Bruins play their home games at the TD Garden at 100 Legends Way in Boston. The TD Garden replaced the Bruins former home, the Boston Garden, in 1995. The TD Garden has a capacity of 17,565 for hockey games.

Boston Bruins
TD Garden
100 Legends Way
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-624-1900


Worcester Sharks

Founded in 2006, the Worcester Sharks are a professional hockey team that play in the American Hockey League (AHL) in Worcester, MA. Formerly the Cleveland Barons, San Jose Sports & Entertainment Enterprises moved them to Worcester where they played their first game as the Sharks on October 14, 2006.

The Worcester Sharks are affiliates of the San Jose Sharks of the NHL.

The Sharks play their games in the DCU Center in Worcester. Their season lasts from October through April.

Worcester Sharks
DCU Center
50 Foster Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Phone: 508-929-0500


Lacrosse

Boston Cannons

The Boston Cannons are a professional field lacrosse team, who play their home games in Boston, Massachusetts. They are one of eight teams in Major League Lacrosse (MLL), and play in the one conference/division of the league.

The Boston Cannons began playing lacrosse in Boston in 2001, when they were founded as one of the six original Major League Lacrosse teams. They originally played their home games at Cawley Memorial Stadium in Lowell, Massachusetts, but moved to Nickerson Field at Boston University in 2004. In 2007, they moved again, this time to their current home at Harvard Stadium in Boston at 65 North Harvard Street in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Boston Cannons play a regular season consisting of 12 games, six home games and six away games. The regular season lasts from mid-May to mid-August.

Mailing Address:
Boston Cannons
214 Lincoln Street
Suite 320
Allston, MA 02134

Stadium Address:
Harvard Stadium
65 North Harvard Street
Boston, MA 02134

Main Office and Ticket Office Phone: 617-746-9933


Soccer

The New England Revolution are an American soccer team who play their home games in Foxborough, Massachusetts about 40 minutes south of Boston. They play in the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer, or MLS. The New England Revolution began playing in 1995 as one of the original ten MLS teams.

The New England Revolution originally played their home games at Foxboro Stadium, but moved to Gillette Stadium at 1 Patriot Place on May 11, 2002, where they have played their home games since. Gillette Stadium has a seating capacity of 20,000 for MLS games.

Their season is 30 games long from late-March to late-October.

Mailing address and Stadium Address:
Gillette Stadium
One Patriot Place
Foxborough, MA 02035-1388
Main Office Phone: 508-543-8200
Ticket Office Phone: 877-438-7387


Tennis

Boston Lobsters

The Boston Lobsters are a professional tennis team who play their home games in Middleton, Massachusetts. They are in the Eastern Conference of World Team Tennis (WTT). WTT is co-ed and the team therefore has both men and women on their roster.

The Boston Lobsters were originally founded in 1974 as a WTT team. They played until the end of the 1978 season under the ownership of Robert Craft. In 2005, they were launched again as a WTT team by current owner Bahar Uttam and have been playing ever since.

The Boston Lobsters play their home games at Joan Norton Tennis Center at the Manchester Athletic Club in Manchester, Massachusetts. Their regular season consists of fourteen games, seven home and seven away. The season begins in early-July and ends in late-July.

Stadium Address:
Manchester Athletic Club
8 Atwater Avenue
Manchester, MA 01944
Phone: 877-617-5627

Sports Halls of Fame

Massachusetts is also home to two sports halls of fame:

  1. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is located in Springfield
  2. The Volleyball Hall of Fame is located in Holyoke

Major Sporting Events

Two famous international sporting events are held in the Boston area every year:

  1. The Boston Marathon that is run between Hopkinton and Boston every Patriots day.
  2. The Head of the Charles Regatta which is a world-renowned rowing competition held on the Charles River between Cambridge and Boston every fall.

Major Sports Venues

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