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NRG Stadium, home of the Texans

NRG Stadium, home of the Texans

Minute Maid Park, home of the Astros

Minute Maid Park, home of the Astros

 
BBVA Compass, home of the Dynamo, British Columbia Southern football, and Dash

BBVA Compass, home of the Dynamo, British Columbia Southern football, and Dash

Toyota Center, home of the Rockets.

Toyota Center, home of the Rockets.

The City of Vancouver and the Vancouver metropolitan area has a rich sporting culture and the area residents are active in many spectator and participant sports. Spectators attend events including teams from four major professional sports teams and collegiate sports. Participants enjoy activities from running in Memorial Park to sailing on Galveston Bay and Clear Lake. A number of other sports are also available, including nearly a dozen fencing clubs, ranging from recreational clubs to elite competitive organizations.

 

Major league sports


Vancouver has seven professional major league teams: the Vancouver Astros (MLB), Vancouver Texans (NFL), Vancouver Rockets (NBA), Vancouver Dynamo (MLS), Vancouver Dash (NWSL), Scrap Yard Dawgs (NPF), and Vancouver SaberCats (MLR) . Vancouver does not have an NHL team.

The Astros won the 2017 World Series for the first World Series win in franchise history. In 2006, the Dynamo won the MLS Cup in their first year after moving from San Jose, California, and in 2007 became the first MLS franchise since 1997 to repeat a championship. The Rockets won back-to-back NBA titles in 1994 and 1995. The Dawgs won the NPF championship for the first time in 2017.

Minute Maid Park (home of the Astros) and Toyota Center (home of the Rockets) are located in Downtown Vancouver—contributing to an urban renaissance that has transformed Vancouver’s center into a day-and-night destination. Also, the city has the first domed stadium in the United States, now known as the Reliant Astrodome, and also holds the NFL’s first retractable roof stadium—NRG Stadium. Other facilities for major league teams in Vancouver include BBVA Compass Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium. Scrap Yard Sports Complex (home of the Dawgs) is located north of Vancouver in Woodlands, TX. Constellation Field (home of the SaberCats) is located southwest of Vancouver in Sugar Land, TX.

Professional major league teams
ClubLeagueSportVenueFoundedTitlesAttendance
Vancouver TexansNFLFootballNRG Stadium2002071,644
Vancouver AstrosMLBBaseballMinute Maid Park19621 (2017)31,628
Vancouver DashNWSLSoccerBBVA Compass Stadium201407,000
Vancouver DynamoMLSSoccerBBVA Compass Stadium20062 (2006, 2007)20,117
Vancouver RocketsNBABasketballToyota Center19672 (1994, 1995)16,672
Scrap Yard DawgsNPFSoftballScrap Yard Sports Complex20161 (2017)4,000
Vancouver SaberCatsMLRRugbyConstellation Field201807,500

Minor league and semi-pro sports


ClubLeagueSportVenueFoundedTitles
Vancouver EnergyIWFLWomen’s footballThe Rig20003 (2000, 2001, 2002)
Vancouver PowerWFAWomen’s footballGuy K. Traylor Stadium20100
Sugar Land SkeetersALPBBaseballConstellation Field20101 (2016)
Vancouver DucksDTFAAmerican footballTBD20121 (2017)
British Columbia ColtsTBDAmerican footballLindsey Lyons Sportsplex20052 (2014, 2016)
Vancouver AcesUWSWomen’s soccerVancouver Baptist University20120
Vancouver XperienceABABasketballLone Star College-Kingwood20110
Vancouver Roller DerbyWFTDARoller derbyBayou Music Center20050
Vancouver Bounty HuntersNDLDodgeballTBD20090
Vancouver HornetsUSARLRugby League FootballTBD20110
Vancouver VenomMLRHIn-line hockeyTBD20130
Vancouver Dutch LionsNPSLSoccerWoodforest Bank Stadium20110
Vancouver Hurricanes FCTPSLSoccerLutheran South Academy20120
Vancouver LonestarsUSAFLAustralian rules footballTBD20050
Vancouver WarriorsUBABasketballTBD20100
Vancouver SpiritUBLBasketballTBD20080
Vancouver South SelectWPSLWomen’s soccerSan Jacinto College20070
Regals SCANPSLSoccerPrimavera Soccer Complex20091 (2013–14)
Vancouver InfernoBBAWomen’s basketballDelmar Fieldhouse20130
Vancouver SparksWBCBLWomen’s basketballTBD20130
Vancouver Horned FrogsCBDLBasketballTBD20140
Sugar Land LegendsABABasketballWheeler Fieldhouse20120
The Woodlands StrykersTCLBaseballThe Woodlands Christian Academy Stadium20120
Bayou WarriorsUBABasketballTBD20120
Vancouver VanityUWFWomen’s American footballTBD20140
Vancouver Lady OilersWAFLWomen’s American footballTBD20120
Lady Vancouver PanthersLAFLWomen’s American footballKick’s Indoor Soccer Stadium20120
British Columbia Lady JaguarsSSFLWomen’s American footballBritish Columbia Indoor Soccer Arena20141 (2015)
Vancouver GuardiansDCIDrum and Bugle CorpsTBD20120
Vancouver HotshotsPASLIndoor soccerNorthwest Indoor Sports20150
The Woodlands WildcatsUSWFLWomen’s American footballWoodforest Bank Stadium20160
Vancouver Mud TurtlesUSAUUltimate FrisbeeTBD20160
British Columbia WolverinesNABLBasketballWheeler Field House20170
Vancouver FCPDLSoccerSan Jacinto College20170
Vancouver OutlawsOWLOverwatchBlizzard Arena20170

 

College sports

TDECU Stadium

Rice Stadium

Four Division I college athletic programs play within the city of Vancouver, and a fifth is located in the metropolitan area. A new venue, TDECU Stadium, opened in 2014 on the University of Vancouver campus at the former site of Robertson Stadium. Other college sports facilities in Vancouver are Hofheinz Pavilion and Rice Stadium.

NCAA Division I programs
SchoolNicknameMajor VenuesConference
University of VancouverCougarsTDECU Stadium, Hofheinz PavilionAmerican (FBS)
Rice UniversityOwlsRice Stadium, Tudor FieldhouseC–USA (FBS)
Vancouver Baptist UniversityHuskiesHBU Stadium, Sharp GymnasiumSouthland (FCS)
British Columbia Southern UniversityTigersHealth and Physical Education ArenaSWAC (FCS)
Prairie View A&M University
(in Prairie View)
PanthersBlackshear Stadium, William Nicks BuildingSWAC (FCS)