Friday, October 23, 2009

American Professional Sports Teams Who Play Somewhere Else

Edit: New Jersey Nets.... not New York. Thanks!

Hometown pride for the local sports team can be a very strong feeling. Some people stick with their native sports team all they're life because of the ties associated with their original home. However, modern expansion and cheaper land in the suburbs has lead some sports teams to play somewhere else rather than where they say they are. Here's a list for the major sports leagues in America.

National Football League
Buffalo Bills play in Orchard Park, New York
New York Jets play in East Rutherford, New Jersey
New York Giants play in East Rutherford, New Jersey
Miami Dolphins play in Miami Gardens, Florida
Dallas Cowboys play in Arlington, Texas
Washington, Redskins play in Landover, Maryland

Major League Baseball
MLB has no misnamed teams ever since the Angles became the oddly named Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

National Basketball Association
Detroit Pistons play in Auburn Hills, Michigan

Major League Soccer
Chicago Fire play in Bridgeview, Illinois
New York Redbulls play in East Rutherford, New Jersey
FD Dallas plays in Frisco, Texas
Los Angeles Galaxy play in Carson, California
Real Salt Lake plays in Sandy, Utah
San Jose Earthquakes play in Santa Clara, California
The upcoming Philadelphia Union will play in Chester, Pennsylvania

National Hockey League
Phoenix Coyotes play in Glendale, Arizona

Women's National Basketball League
Chicago Sky play in Rosemont, Illinois

New York City is the biggest loser with three out of eight teams playing somewhere else.


Joshua said...

New York's may go up to 5/8 of the teams in the city if and when the Atlantic Yards development project gets built. The New York Nets are supposed to move into the new arena there, and become the Brooklyn Nets.

Anonymous said...

They are actually the New Jersey Nets, so I think they are properly named.