Oldest Sports Teams in the US - State by State [MAP]

Oldest sports teams in the US

Have you ever wondered which is the oldest professional sports team in your state? Is it an NFL team? An MLB team? An NBA team?

Wonder no more! We have dug out the data and compiled it all neatly on a map for you.

The map displays the oldest professional sports team in each state from the five major leagues in the United States:

  • Major League Baseball (MLB)
  • Major League Soccer (MLS)
  • National Basketball Association (NBA)
  • National Football League (NFL)
  • National Hockey League (NHL)

Oldest Sports Teams State-by-State

StateTeamVenueCityLeagueEst.
ArizonaPhoenix SunsTalking Stick Resort ArenaPhoenixNBA1968
CaliforniaSan Francisco 49ersLevi’s StadiumSanta ClaraNFL1946
ColoradoDenver BroncosEmpower Field at Mile HighDenverNFL1960
FloridaMiami DolphinsHard Rock StadiumMiami GardensNFL1966
GeorgiaAtlanta BravesTruist ParkAtlantaMLB1966
GeorgiaAtlanta FalconsMercedes-Benz StadiumAtlantaNFL1966
IllinoisChicago CubsWrigley FieldChicagoMLB1870
IndianaIndiana PacersBankers Life FieldhouseIndianapolisNBA1967
KansasSporting Kansas CityChildren’s Mercy ParkKansas CityMLS1996
LouisianaNew Orleans SaintsMercedes-Benz SuperdomeNew OrleansNFL1967
MarylandWashington RedskinsFedExFieldLandoverNFL1937
MassachusettsBoston Red SoxFenway ParkBostonMLB1901
MichiganDetroit TigersComerica ParkDetroitMLB1901
MinnesotaMinnesota TwinsTarget FieldMinneapolisMLB1961
MinnesotaMinnesota VikingsU.S. Bank StadiumMinneapolisNFL1961
MissouriSt. Louis CardinalsBusch StadiumSt. LouisMLB1882
NevadaVegas Golden KnightsT-Mobile ArenaParadiseNHL2017
New JerseyNew York GiantsMetlife StadiumEast RutherfordNFL1925
New YorkNew York YankeesYankee StadiumNew York CityMLB1903
North CarolinaCharlotte HornetsSpectrum CenterCharlotteNBA2004
OhioCincinnati RedsGreat American Ball ParkCincinnatiMLB1882
OklahomaOklahoma City ThunderChesapeake Energy ArenaOklahoma CityNBA2008
OregonPortland Trail BlazersModa CenterPortlandNBA1970
PennsylvaniaPittsburgh PiratesPNC ParkPittsburghMLB1882
TennesseeNashville PredatorsBridgestone ArenaNashvilleNHL1998
TexasDallas CowboysAT&T StadiumArlingtonNFL1960
UtahUtah JazzVivint Smart Home ArenaSalt Lake CityNBA1979
WashingtonSeattle SeahawksCenturyLink FieldSeattleNFL1976
WisconsinGreen Bay PackersLambeau FieldGreen BayNFL1921

Oldest NFL Team

The oldest NFL team is the Chicago Bears which was established in 1921. The Bears began life in Decatur, Illinois in 1920 when they were known as the Decatur Staleys, before relocating to Chicago the following year.

The Chicago Bears have won nine NFL Championships, including one Super Bowl in 1985. They currently compete in the NFC North Division which they have won 11 times in their history, the most recent of which came in 2018.

Oldest MLB Team

Chicago’s rich sports history is also apparent in Major League Baseball. The Chicago Cubs is the oldest MLB team, founded way back in 1870.

The Illinois franchise were first known as the Chicago White Stockings and were a founding member of the National League in 1876. The Cubs have won just three World Series titles in their 150 year history. After winning back to back titles in 1907 and 1908, Cubs fans had to wait 107 years until their next championship – the longest drought in MLB history.

Oldest NBA Team

The title of ‘oldest NBA team’ is shared between two franchises; the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both established in 1946, they were founding members of the Basketball Association of America (BAA) which later became the NBA.

The Boston Celtics went on to become the most successful franchise in NBA history, with 17 championships to their name. The Celtics’ most prosperous years were in the late 1950s and ’60s when they won an incredible 11 championships in 13 years between 1957 and 1969.

The New York Knickerbockers, more commonly known as the Knicks, have had quite a different journey, winning just two NBA championships in their 74 year history.

Oldest NHL Team

The oldest NHL team is the Montreal Canadiens. Founded in 1909, the Canadiens are the longest continuously operating professional ice hockey team in the world. They are also the only existing NHL club to predate the founding of the NHL in 1917.

The oldest NHL team from the United States is the Boston Bruins who were founded in 1924. The name ‘Bruins’ comes from an Old English word for brown bears, originating from the Dutch word for ‘brown’.

Fittingly, the Bruins also play their hockey in the oldest indoor ice hockey stadium still in use for the sport worldwide, built 1909–10.

Oldest MLS Team

With Major League Soccer being a relatively new league many of the founding teams are still active today. In fact, nine of the ten founding franchises still participate in the league, albeit some under different names.

The Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew SC, FC Dallas, D.C. United, Sporting Kansas City, LA Galaxy, New England Revolutions, New York Red Bulls and San Jose Earthquakes were all founded during the inaugural MLS season in 1996.

The most successful of these teams is LA Galaxy who have won the MLS Cup 5 times.

States That Do Not Have a Professional Sports Team

Incredibly, 24 of the 50 US states do not have a professional sports franchise in the big five leagues. Five of these states are from the Northeast, four from the Midwest, nine from the South and six from the West.

Here is the full list:

  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Iowa
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Delaware
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • West Virginia
  • Alabama
  • Kentucky
  • Mississippi
  • Arkansas
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • Wyoming
  • Alaska
  • Hawaii

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