The Indianapolis Colts
Hoosiers in Indianapolis can’t help but bleed blue for their beloved home team, the Indianapolis Colts. This pro football team, founded in 1953, started out as a Baltimore, Maryland, team. The Colts officially relocated to Indianapolis in 1984, and they have won one Super Bowl championship since moving to Indy (in 2006).
When the Colts first moved to Indy, they played in the downtown stadium first named the Hoosier Dome (and later renamed the RCA Dome). The Colts called this stadium home until 2007 when they moved to the newly constructed Lucas Oil Stadium, the place the Colts call home to this day.
Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever
Basketball is a hallowed sport in the Midwest, and Indianapolis is no exception. Though high school and college basketball are huge in Indy, this city can’t help but love their men’s pro basketball team, the Indiana Pacers. This team, established in 1967, has won a total of three American Basketball Association (ABA) Championships.
The women’s team, the Indiana Fever, has a huge gathering throughout the city as well. This pro women’s team was finally established in 2000, and in the past 18 years of playing in Indy, they have, so far, earned one Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) championship in 2012.
Both the Pacers and the Fever play at the same stadium, the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The arena opened in 1999. Prior to opening, the Pacers played at Market Square Arena. The Fieldhouse is different than most American sports stadiums because it was designed predominantly for basketball.
Baseball also has a pro sports team in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Indians were established in 1902 and are the second-oldest minor league professional baseball team in the country. They’re a major league Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate and have won two International League and 12 American Association championships.
The Indians play at Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis, which opened in 1996. Prior to playing here, the Indians games took place at Bush Stadium.
F.C. Indiana and Indy Eleven
The F.C. Indiana are Indy’s professional women’s soccer team who play in the Women’s Premier Soccer League Elite. This pro soccer team was formed in 2003 and has won two WPSL and two USASA National Women’s Open Cups championships.
The Indy Eleven is a relatively new men’s soccer team that was formed in 2013. The team was named after the 11th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment, which served the Union in the Civil War.
Both the Indy Eleven and FC Indiana play at the IU Michael A. Carroll Stadium in downtown Indy.
Hockey is another popular sport in Indianapolis, and the Indy Fuel are a minor league ice hockey team. They’re associated with the NHL team the Chicago Blackhawks and the AHL team the Rockford IceHogs. Indy Fuel, founded in 2013, plays at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.
For all of you Harry Potter fans out there—did you know that Quidditch is now an official professional sport? And Indianapolis couldn’t wait to get in on the action, forming their pro Quidditch team, the Indianapolis Intensity, in 2015. You’ll find this intriguing sport go down at Watkins Park in Indy.